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First Drive: APR Stage 3 Golf GTI

posted by on 23 April 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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    APR’s Director of Engineering Joel McKay leads us into a pristine garage and points to a white Golf GTI. “This one’s fun,” he says with a grin. “But we’ll have to wait for the roads to dry off a bit.” He’s got a point. With the amount of power this GTI has going […] More…

First Drive- APR Stage 1 Volkswagen Golf R

posted by on 7 April 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Volkswagen’s latest Golf R.   The high-output 2.0TSI engine, while not exactly a spiritual successor to the R32’s 24 valve VR6, can easily keep drivers entertained with nearly 300hp on tap and a 0-60mph sprint of less than 5 seconds straight off the showroom floor.   As an added […] More…

Compared: 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Subaru WRX

posted by on 17 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Coming in around $30k, the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX may not be the most obvious of rivals, but they offer similar fun at a similar price point and as such, are cross-shopped quite often. Even still, they are quite similar fundamentally. Both have turbocharged four-cylinder power. Both are synonyms for inexpensive fun. And both […] More…

Review: Soumatrix “Xtase” Speaker Upgrade Kit

posted by on 10 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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There was a time when the to-do list for a Volkswagen owner went like this: 1.) Suspension 2.) Intake 3.) Exhaust 4.) Chip 5.) Wheels 6.) Brakes 7.) Stereo Vortex archives are chock full of threads going all the way back to the late 90s, wherein readers debated the merits of those modifications as fervently […] More…

e-Golf First Drive

posted by on 27 August 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Volkswagen of America is hosting a drive of their 2015 models here in Virginia today and we had a chance to drive an early production U.S. Spec e Golf based on the Golf 7 MQB platform. It is surprisingly good. More…

Volkswagen Golf 7 R – First Drive on U.S. Soil

posted by on 12 June 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

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We finally get behind the wheel of the Golf 7 R and find it to be the best R yet… More…