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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…

Review: 2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line

posted by on 2 June 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Six years after the Volkswagen CC’s sporty ‘coupe’ shape first debuted, and two years after a minor facelift and removing ‘Passat’ from its name, the Volkswagen CC remains a striking car.  The low slung roof and high belt line give the car a look reminiscent of the Mercedes CLS and other four door coupes at […] More…

Recap: Passat Sport Roadtrip

posted by on 28 May 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

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We love a good road trip.  As you may recall, on the morning of May 16th VWvortex Contributor Tim Enders and I met at Volkswagen of America at 5:30AM for one such trip to Southern Worthersee in Helen, Georgia.  The journey would take us roughly 12 hours to complete with food and fuel breaks, and […] More…

A Revisit to the Eos: VW’s Hardtop Cabrio Gets a Facelift

posted by on 21 September 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Introduced to the US at the end of 2006, Volkswagen’s Eos was marketed as “The only hardtop convertible with a sunroof,” and VW touted its blend of year round usefulness and top down fun. While traditional soft top convertibles allow you the same ability to cruise with the roof down, enjoying the sunshine and warm […] More…