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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Saying Goodbye to Colossus

August 21, 2014

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It's been years since I've visited Six Flags Magic Mountain, but the impending closure of one of its most famous roller coasters meant I felt compelled to make the trip. The coaster-heavy theme park was about to retire Colossus, the wooden behemoth that, to me, served as Magic Mountain's mascot. I needed something comfortable for the long ride to and from Valencia, so I grabbed the keys to our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI for the weekend and drove up on a Saturday.

The Passat is a long distance cruiser and the seats are great for hot summer days. Unlike most of the cars in our long-term fleet, the Passat's seats aren't full leather. They have faux-suede inserts that keep backs and butts from sweating when the car's interior becomes excessively hot. The experience would be perfect if the Passat had cooled seats, but I digress.

My friend and I arrived shortly after the park opened and made a beeline to Colossus. The line was longer than I remember it being in trips previous, but shorter than I anticipated. We went a week before the ride closed, so maybe we were able to avoid some procrastinators. At nearly 40 years old, Colossus rode without the spine-rattling harshness typical in wooden coasters. It felt much more comfortable than either Ghost Rider at Knott's Berry Farm or the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 in our garage.

When it opened, Colossus was both the tallest at fastest roller coaster in the world, with a top speed of 62 mph. While Colossus doesn't hold a candle to the dizzying drops and multiple g-forces of steel coasters, it's still plenty of fun.

We left Six Flags disappointed to see the iconic coaster for the last time. Even if it is replaced by a steel duplicate, as some online rumors suggest, it won't be the same. Colossus's dual trains have stopped at the station for the last time.

Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 13,420 miles


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