After 40 years and 3 generations, the infamous Volkswagen Scirocco has finally reached its production milestone. The millionth mark. Despite going out of production for almost 20 years, the badge revived in 2008 with the 3rd generation Scirocco that we all know and love.
We last wrote about the Golf 7 some days back, at the Malaysian debut of the car. The big question on everyone’s mind at the time was its price – how much would the Golf 7 cost? Most were expecting a slight increment, so when it was finally revealed to us media folks that the price would remain at RM158k, you can imagine some of us were mildly surprised. Price aside, we’ve just gotten back from the drive to Penang, and can share some of the first impressions we’ve gained over the short trip.
Now here’s something that’s certainly a blast from the past, about five decades in actual fact; a testament for the continued love and support for the company that’s known as the “People’s Car” in Germany and brought us the iconic Beetle. But none-the-less here’s a model that’s not as iconic as the Beetle itself but does carry a Volkswagen badge – the VW T1 of 1963, though at this point in time, it’s obviously been restored and not to mention decorated too.
Admittedly, our neck of the woods come with a preference for tricking out rice-bowls, and it’s only in the last few years that’s seen tuners branching out to include the Euros. But real question is, when will be begin to see a heck of a lot more classic Euro steeds tuned to beyond comprehension? Take for example this particular Volkswagen Golf Mk1 that’s been insanely tuned thanks to a certain Boba Kettler who’s endowed this classic German hatch into a raging 736bhp killer of Goliaths.
Earlier tonight, Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) finally unveiled the seventh iteration of the Golf to the Malaysian public. In typical VW fashion, the launch was a well-planned event at an airplane hangar, with performances to entertain the crowd of both guests and media folk. Many of you would have no doubt already seen pics of the new Golf, but we’ve got to say that the new car looks much better in person than it does in pictures; more chiseled and angular than its predecessor.
GTI fans rejoice! Whilst we wait patiently for VGM to start selling the Mk7 Golf TSI locally (and this should be relatively soon), we’ve already been waiting for Volkswagen to let loose more details about the Mk7 Golf GTI. Well, that time is now because Volkswagen has said it will introduce the Mk7 Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 7-17th 2013). There’s a twist this time, because the new GTI will be offered in two flavours: a standard 220PS or a GTI Performance with 230PS and a front axle differential lock.
Although it has only been the first outing for the all-new Volkswagen Polo R WRC, all eyes and attention are now glued to them as this new rally machine manages to secure an impressive second place at the opening round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo.
So we generally think of aftermarket products as new shiny parts that generally adds greater appeal and capability to a ride, but we suppose the Swedes have a different idea than most, since being so far up north gets them plenty of snow that they find it absolutely necessary to change out the Volkswagen Toureg’s set of wheels for one with a different set of treads.
As with most European makes, they’re commonly associated with comfort, luxury, sophistication, technological advancement and then performance. But as of late – especially after last weekend’s TIMETOATTACK Finale for 2012, these cars came packing with brutish performance levels that seem to have bumped the ‘performance’ factor up higher in the list. The best part is that these cars still manage to retain a certain air of sophistication about them, even though it’s been plastered with stickers and their interior stripped to fit a roll-cage.
As dark clouds loomed and subsequently dished out their large quantities of precipitation (yes, its rain), we found Shedden Ee of ExoticMods pulling into the pits in his prized possession; a green VW Golf GTi monster of a machine that goes by the nickname “Bambee” which seems to be one of the main Euro Class car to beat at this year’s TimeToAttack finale.