Re: Have any of you driven a Trubo S beetle???? (Sho)
drove a red one 10 days ago. nice!
bought a black one saturday.
had a difficult time convincing myself and the missus that it was worth almost $2500 more than a "Sport" GLS... (LE snap orange was available too!)
decided one last head to head test drive was in order.
5 speed was OK at best-- rubbery, long throw, typical...
6 speed was the clincher. gawd is that smooth!
(180 vs. 150 hp wasn't all that pronounced except the 6 speed seemed to be able to take advantage of it better)
OK, now, black or red??
sold my black 95 GTI VR6 that was probably ready to fall apart.
thought I'd like the red better but the new 'mesh' front grille was too prominant against the red... the black just oozed an all over completeness of color... OK, SOLD!
I made contact with dealer thru internet (autovantage I think) and was quoted $600 over invoice by phone. (previous dealer where I test drove a red one ten days ago had tacked $250 onto sticker!)
after sitting down, he told me he'd sell it at $500 over! cool.
after only 96 miles: runs a bit tight, as to be expected, but once it loosens up I can already tell it has nice oomph (not gut wrenching but that's not what I wanted-- more civilized). for me this was the best route, no after market chip, nocostly aftermarket mods. (yet.) and covered by a decent warranty finally! it'll take a bit to get used to the driving location within the glazing...(How far away is that windshield anyway?)
but seats are astounding, much better than last year's. monsoon stereo does seem wimpy and muddy-- i agree with that note.
I'll miss the GTI hatch for its utility - there wasn't a time when the storage area was too small. this one has a half round well. oh well.
I'll also miss the smoother broad band torque of the VR6...(maybe my next VW will have the 'next' VR6?) torque is down; torque steer is UP!
wanted the platinum gray, but no one had one on the east coast...
all in all so far, I be one happy camper.
will let you know if I find any glitches or fun surprises.
[Modified by NJRKtect, 6:39 PM 2-11-2002]