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Volkswagen Golf GTI MK5

The last performance Volkswagen I owned was the Corrado VR6. A car that I completely fell in love with being my first performance car and one that immediately took my fancy from reading Performance VW magazine all those years ago.

The VW scene is a fun one also, no egos, no talk of ‘so what do you do for a living’ like some of the Porsche events I’ve been to, just enthusiasts who throw great events like Stonor Park at Henley, ED38 and Wothersee. Attending these events and making sure your car stood out in an OEM+ kind of way was the usual camp for me. The amount of money and time spent really made me bond with it and it’s still the only car I’ve been really sad to sell.

Onto this MK5 GTI, it’s my new ‘daily’ and was acquired at a great price although I’ve had a few items to rectify – a few bits of trim have been removed to find rattles (mainly broken clips on the boot trim), 2 new tyres, cambelt, tensioner and water pump all replaced within the first week. It’s quite fun to have something I can tinker with again but it’s also quiet, comfortable, spacious and provides a great mix of fun and practicality. One of my favourite characteristics of the engine is that you can just leave it in 6th above 40mph and drive it like an auto on the commute, comfortably accelerating up to motorway speeds. As a few reviews have noted, the MK5 GTI is the ‘back to form’ car since the MK2. While I agree that it’s a great drive on the country roads and the motorway, I certainly feel a lot safer and this is far more refined than the MK1/MK2, which in comparison are go karts.

The main search items are cambelt replacements at 60k miles, coil packs replaced under warranty, manual gearbox to avoid DSG troubles and the 17″ wheels for our UK roads.

Performance is 7 seconds to 60 mph, 146 mph top speed, 200 bhp and around 36 mpg.

For sale is my old daily driver, which can be seen in the tab at the top of the page

Fast German Cars

Fast German car performance statistics taken from Dec 2013. Below are the fastest cars by manufacturer to 60 mph and with the highest top speed:

Audi – R8 5.2 V10 GT, 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph

BMW – E92 M3 GTS, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 182 mph

Bentley (VAG) – Continental GT Speed, 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph

Bugatti (VAG) – Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 255 mph

Lamborghini (VAG) – Aventador LP 700, 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph

Mercedes-Benz – SLS AMG GT, 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph

MINI (BMW) – JCW Coupe, 0-60 in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph

Porsche – 918 Spyder, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph

Rolls Royce (BMW) – Wraith, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph

Volkswagen – Golf R, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph

Car Reviews

We have collected some excellent car reviews over the last few months, which provide a real world experience of ownership from real people. The reviews detail the best and worst elements from performance to insurance and repair bills to provide our visitors.

The E36 vs E46 M3 and 930 vs Cayman type reviews are becoming more popular to help our visitors make informed decisions on what aspects of cars will suit their requirements.
Porsche 911 SC
This site is aimed to help those buyers who are not necessarily interested in buying new but still want something exciting, well built with reasonable running costs and minimal depreciation. These are the type of buyers that research the most whether your budget is cash or finance and £5k or £50k.

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SLS AMG (10),


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MK1 Golf GTI (85), Scirroco Scala (91), Corrado 2.0 (94), Corrado VR6 (94),