( Disclaimer : This post is a tribute to my car, hence people I don’t ensure you guys an interesting post here.)
I WOULD RATHER ARRIVE 5 MINS LATE, THAN DEPART 25 YEARS EARLY
The V5 engine kicking out some serious power. The revs above 5500 – 6000 rpm, the engine is audible and I am gunning the accelerator pedal. Yet again I am late to work and I want my GTI to take me to my workplace asap. Never have the GTI failed to do so, and today also it doesn’t fail. I drive really fast and save my lazy ass.
Something that I have really been particular about in life is ‘My Ride’. I was very selective about my car.
My buddy GTI has been with me for the past 6 months, when I found it I knew it was abused by at least 6-7 owners before. It was tired. But I knew the time I test drove it, this was the car I wanted. In 2 days, the car was mine. It’s said that What is for you will find its way. So true. I didn’t have a penny to buy it, but all the money showed up from the blue. (Of course my credit card is blue in color.)
I always wanted a Golf and this was in the best condition as compared to the other Golf’s that I checked out. The good Lord has been generous to me in blessing me the automotive way. Though he has screwed up umpteen times in other fields of life, he has compensated a bit here 😀
I am really not a technical expert and in my group of automobile enthusiasts I am the least informed guy in terms of cars and their working. But allow me to share the little details I know of my rare car with you guys.
Engine size : 2.3 L or 2300 cc
Cylinder Arrangement : V5
Maximum power : 168 hp
Maximum torque : 220 N-m
Max speed (Tested and verified) : 210 kmph (by one of my colleague who has the same car, same color and same configuration).
Its a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. I would be relaxed and driving slow and then there would be someone challenging me and in a couple of mins the car would be doing 180 kmph. I like that. I like a car which fakes that ordinary look having beastly power. The Audi RS series is a perfect example. You challenge it, you are sure to eat its dust.
This car has a rare engine configuration (V5 Engine). You won’t find another V5 engine car apart from Volkswagen Passat, Jetta and a Seat all made in late 90s and early 2000s, and none of the car looks as good as mine.
To compare the power of my car to an Indian car, hmm… Imagine a Suzuki Alto 800 having 48 hp, and now imagine my 10 year old car having 4 times the power of that 😀 😀 Fair enough, I would be a fool to compare an Alto and GTI but just to give you guys a picture of how powerful the GTI is…
The car excels in every aspect. Performance, handling, visual appearance and what not. I love this car. It’s been my reason to live in the recent days. I am yet to drive a car that beats this car in stability and overall driveability. I look forward to drive it every single moment. It’s German and it’s addictive. Any German car owner would testify to that. Gladly VW is the most reliable German car manufacturers. Even the VW siblings like Audi, Skoda etc are prone to failures more often and very expensive like a kilogram of onion.
Every good thing that you fall for in life, will be expensive. People who buy German second hand, keep aside a chunk of their car budget. Trust me every little spare of a German car is expensive. May it be a little tie rod for steering, a cable for the clutch or whatever, just get ready to be raped. Every time I had to take it to a garage, I have cried my eyes out till I slept out of fatigue and again started crying in the morning.
The car repays me in terms of drive so can’t really complain much.
Now for the most interesting part of it all…The pictures of my car 🙂
That’s every ounce of my photography skill utilized for him there…
Trust me, if I had the money I would keep this car forever. It’s a car for a lifetime. Wish I could ship it to India and keep it in my car shed not to show off, but just to have it there. I have loved nothing like I have loved this guy. It sure deserves it. (shup up you bloody emotional brat)
I have written about this car in every automotive forum that I am a part of 😀 This car has already completed 40 yrs of manufacturing in 7 generations and still going strong. It’s a champion in the international market and the GTI is termed as a ‘Hot Hatch’ for its mouth watering performance figures and for its handsome appearance.
Before I end let me share a quote with you all,
If you don’t look back after parking your car, you probably didn’t buy the right one
written by some genius. Well, I look back all the time, so I am on the right track. 🙂
1. As you have already read this, let me remind you that this is not meant to informative. This is just my obsession coming out in the form of words.
2. I have mentioned about driving fast in the article, that was just a couple of times when I got the car new. Please don’t do it. Though your life’s worth is debatable, the other road users life surely is. I don’t drive more than the road limits whatsoever and the place where I live has better roads, traffic control and stuff. Hence please don’t. Read the quote towards the beginning of the post.