Read the previous post here. This is not a review or first ride or any kind of formal write up. Just too bored today to write anything formal.
So I had died that day on my way back…err… the GTI (my car) had killed me and I never knew. It was leaking petrol all the way for kms and kms from Al-Taween to Ajman, without any decency. Had a rich Arab lad driving a Range Rover Evoque decided to throw a lighted cigarette butt right after my car had passed by, then it would have been a Telugu movie in the making. I had got the car back 2 days ago after flushing the radiators. So 2nd garage visit in 3 days? Not bad at all.
I had to drop my GTI at the garage again. Though I wouldn’t mind blowing myself up in that car, I didn’t want the car to blow itself up killing me in the process? Not sure about this statement but I took my car to the garage and then to go back to work, I asked my friend who is currently away for his Skoda Octavia vRS. He was kind enough to loan me the car for two days which has become a week or so and I am yet to return it back.
My first stint with the vRS. To sum it up, it’s a beautiful machine. This is the first car that I got to drive which has a turbo charger. 2.0L TSI engine, which produces 252 hp and 340 Nm torque (stage 1 remap). Put the foot down, and let the rev counter pass 2000 rpm, then you will see yourself pressed against the seat as the car leaps forward. It’s scary, it’s fun and it’s got loads of power. Turbo really is the way to the future. I also loved the unpredictable surge of power/torque after the turbo kicked in.
Its very comfy to be in unlike my old car. You have everything that pampers you in comfort and suddenly you feel you are at a place, where you want to be. The 6 speed DSG ensures that you stay comfortable while it ensures you the sporty feeling. The flappy (paddle shift) gears makes you feel like an F1 driver. All in all, that car is such a beautiful thing. It’s worth everything that he paid for, every single penny. A perfect value for money package.
Now some pictures of the car and then we look at manual vs flappy paddle gear box imho.
I am done. That is literally every angle that I could click.
So coming back to the important part of driving the car, it’s transmission; the flappy vs my slick shift gearbox.
Advantages of flappy paddle gearbox over my Manual Transmission :
- Above 2500 rpm, the shift is quick. My 1st to 2nd shift takes literally a second or a bit more cos I make sure that I do it smoothly. But tap the paddle and you are good to go.
- Your left leg is free.
- You don’t have to worry much about downshift in a chaotic condition. Usually in manual transmission, you get caught up so much that you focus is on the surrounding and you just take a bit of time to realize that your car is in 4th or 3rd gear and you need to shift down. Paddle shift gearbox is an automatic gearbox and it senses engine knocking and avoids it.
- It’s comfortable. You feel luxurious sitting there and shifting around just by tapping the paddles which are just below the steering wheels rather than work your way between those gears.
Advantages of Manual Gearbox over flappy paddle gearbox:
- IT’S A MANUAL GEARBOX.
When I got the Golf back, in another 2 days the transmission failed and I was left with no option but drop it again to the garage. This was the 3rd time in 5 days that the car is breaking down. New record.
So again I am left with the Octavia vRS but I terribly miss the manual gearbox in my car. There is so much control and fun in actually shifting gears yourself that I would never think of shifting to an automatic gearbox ever. This car would have been an even better thing with a manual transmission.
The above images without watermarks were taken in my phone camera and they still belong to me. 😀
Well for people who has silently suffered till here I’ll post a song which I like a lot, as a token of my love. I hope you listen to it cos it’s beautiful. Chances are that you might have already heard this song. It’s Wicked Game- Chris Isaak. The audio is playing in loops in my media player for the past 1 hour.
Please don’t get too emotional. It’s a beautiful song for a solo ride and not for you heart broken zombies out there. (pun intended)
Have a good night!