Ah, hope. Hope's a good thing; it primes you to expect the best outcome you can imagine. It sets you down a mental path that, until zero hour, is filled with happiness, lights and smiles. A person will hope their birthday party will be awesome, they'll hope they have a productive day at work that leads to untold praise and riches, they may even hope that one day someone'll make a pre-packaged sandwich that doesn't taste like cardboard. They may even hope that one day they'll be zooming around in a sports car, carefree and … Read more
The seventh-generation GTI is a very grown-up car: fast, refined, sure-footed. It will no doubt be reliable and headache-free to own. But I can't help thinking that it lacks the pizazz of the first-generation GTI, and I think I know why.
The original GTI wasn't built because Volkswagen had a reputation to live up to, or because a product planner decided a GTI model would sell. In fact, almost the opposite is true: in the early '70s Volkswagen was known only for rather old-fashioned air-cooled machinery with no sporting pretensions whatsoever. The GTI was pieced together by a … Read more
Choosing the first car to feature on this dusty and shadowy part of XCAR was always going to be a challenge. With the preamble out of the way, which car would get the ultimate accolade of coming first? It could have been a super-luxurious German barge. Or a sleek Japanese sports car loaded with techno wizardry. It could even have been an Italian supercar. Actually, no it wouldn't, as that's way off brief.
But instead, common sense prevailed and the star of the show is a French featherweight from the late '80s. Mesdames et Messieurs, presenting the Citro&… Read more
I've never driven a Peugeot 205 GTI. I fear that if I do I'll become a gibbering, simpering mess. You see, those who have driven it appear to love it so very much that they wish to put parts of them in the smaller, more intimate parts of the car. It is so good, according to many, that it'll change the way you think about cars and even life itself.
The clamour to replace the 205 with a more modern car is great. Why wouldn't you want a second coming? But there's been a problem … Read more
The Volkswagen Golf is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic cars ever made. For nearly four decades it's been bimbling around our roads ferrying families, middle managers, new drivers, and pretty much anyone, actually, to their destinations.
It launched in 1974 as a successor to the Volkswagen Beetle. The Bug's rear-engine/RWD setup wasn't the most reliable of things, and consumers wanted something that was more likely to, erm, work. Using FWD know-how from recently acquired Audi, VW set to work designing its new do-all motor, the Golf.
It had to look good, carry things, … Read more
During a drive program in the Santa Cruz mountains, I had the chance to drive the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R and GTI, if not back-to-back, at least on the same day. The Golf R proved a speedy, sure-footed little hatchback, but ultimately I had more fun in the GTI.
On paper, the Golf R looks great: 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged, direct-injection, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive for added cornering grip, and a six-speed manual, the only transmission available, setting the tone for driver engagement.
With 56 more horsepower than the GTI, I expected the Golf R to show a lot of lag from a larger turbo.… Read more
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Building a car is no easy feat. Creating a time-lapse video of the building of a car adds an element of complexity. However, creating a cohesive stop-motion video documenting the in-garage assembly of a rallying Suzuki Swift GTi over the course of many months, while cool, is downright insane.
Fortunately, Michal Bakiewicz is insane. He's done just that and published his video to YouTube. Check the video out below to see (or rather, not see) Michal in action.
Today, a Ford press release crossed my desk with an interesting tidbit about the sales figures for its new Ford Fiesta. It turns out that the majority of buyers have chosen the five-door hatchback body style over the more conventional four-door model. Apparently, someone at Ford thought this was newsworthy, but for me, it was sort of a no-brainer: the five-door was always the better car in my eyes. But that got me to thinking, "What is it with Americans and hatchbacks?"
We're big fans of hatchbacks here at CNET Car Tech, particularly those of the hot … Read more
As we've seen a little bit of this week, old school Volkswagen Rabbit owners can get creative in terms of maintaining their bunny cars. In today's video we observe a Rabbit owner who describes how he runs his bunny on vegetable oil. Really? Let's see...
The narrator walks us through the two-tank setup running in waste vegetable oil along with the diesel fuel that this VW Rabbit is designed to take. The narrator does an excellent job in describing step by step how the process works and all the car parts involved in making this process happen. … Read more