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  1. 16 points
    Jordi93

    Mk8R members’ cars photo gallery

    Working from home so can’t even take her out until later 🤣
  2. 11 points
    Booth11

    Mk8R members’ cars photo gallery

    Love it even in a boring car park
  3. 10 points
    Darlo

    Mk8R members’ cars photo gallery

    I don’t know what the rules are on how many times you can post pics of your car on this thread but I have just done a quick wash on mine and it looks amazing 😎
  4. 9 points
    guy1

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    I managed to take the Golf 8R on a test drive today and absolutely loved every single minute of it! The car was basic with 18" wheels, cloth seats and had a pan roof. It didn't have DCC but the ride was still really comfortable with the 18" Bridgestones. I went on the motorway but didn't manage to take it around bends/ B roads. The car stuck to the road when I went around roundabouts and was fun to drive. I didn't notice a lag when I put my foot down, as soon as I accelerated the car just goes. I had a pedal box on my 7R but I have a feeling the 8R might not need it. I'll know for sure when I get my 8R it's a bit difficult to tell yet.... The only thing I was doubtful about was the cloth seats. I actually liked them and I think they look much better in person (the pictures don't do justice IMO). I'm now glad I spec'd cloth seats instead of leather as they were really comfy and are not as loud as they look in some of the pictures I have seen. Plenty of pops and bangs in race mode with the standard exhaust, so again happy I did not spec the Aka exhaust. It's just not worth the extra 3k for me. The infotainment system will definitely take a bit of time and practice before you get used to it. It feels weird not having actual buttons or dials to adjust your climate control etc. I guess this will just be normal with time. All in all it was a really pleasant experience even though it was a basic 8R and I only drove it for around an hour or so but I'm really looking forward to my 8R when it arrives! I've attached some pictures of the interior cloth seats for those who are interested... Like I said they look better in person and the photos don't really do justice.
  5. 8 points
    A week short of 4 months after ordering,at least its progress.🥳🥳
  6. 8 points
    blakspark

    Golf Mk8 videos

  7. 7 points
    tweaked9107

    R to C43

    2017 Mk7.5 VW Golf R Hatch to 2021 W205 Mercedes-AMG C43 Wagon This may not be of much interest to most but I figured id give my thoughts on moving over to the C43 from the R, my final thoughts of my ownership of the R, and my initial thoughts on the C43 as its replacement. Skip to the bottom for the TL;DR. I tend to over indulge with writing this sort of shit so it’ll probably end up being like a 10-page spread by the time I’m done. Disclaimer: New car goggles may be in effect The R: I’ll start with my final thoughts on the R. I bought it new as a factory order back at the start of 2017. I can’t remember the exact dates but I had to wait roughly 3 months from order to delivery and I believe it was one of the first mk7.5’s to land in the UK (assumption made on the fact it was the dealers first). I don’t tend to over spec cars as there aren’t a lot of options I “must have” so I just went with Lapiz blue paint, 19” pretoria wheels, keyless entry, reversing camera and the winter pack. The buying experience from Caffyns was a bit of a disappointment really due to poor communication and it taking an AGE to set up a test drive. It honestly felt at times like they really didn’t want my money which was very odd. For a bit of background – I was coming from a 2014 F30 BMW 330D Saloon in the usual MSport guise. My main reasons for changing were a mixture of boredom, wanting something more fun, and not needing a big diesel engine anymore. I had previously bought and sold a 2014 Focus ST in just under 4 months as I really wasn’t happy with it and wanted to rectify the mistake fast. It was a manual and found it to be a bit too “on it”, where I felt it was never happy unless being ragged about. Because of this experience I was a little bit apprehensive about going to another hot hatch, but I definitely needn’t have been. I test drove a used mk7 and it was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. A mixture of town driving and a quick A road blast, 20 minutes and I was sold. I placed my order and impatiently waited. I’m not going to go into some deep dive review of the R. There are already mountains of articles out there, opinions scattered over this forum and plenty of youtube videos that all explain everything anyone could need to know. I will just reiterate the main points and maybe pick out a couple of things I didn’t really like that will aid in understanding my decision in moving to the Merc. First things first, it’s a Golf – that famous compliment. I love the Jekyll and Hyde cars that give you the best of both worlds. It will ultimately always mean some form of compromise somewhere, but I want to be behind the wheel of a car that is as comfortable queuing in city traffic as it is blasting down a hedgerow lined B-road. As we know the R treads this line nearly perfectly. For one, there is no car in that price range that gets close to as fast on a tight B-road. I dare you to try and think of one – go ahead, I’ll wait… The slingshot sensation of having to put your foot down more to turn a corner tighter will I’m sure be something I will never forget, and those DSG farts were still putting a smile on my face nearly 4 years later. To be able to then put it in normal, and ferry 4 adults around with no fuss and difference to any other hatch – just amazing. The only place I’d say it missed the mark with regards to being more sedate was the long-distance comfort. I know most have had no issues here but for me the seats created a bit of discomfort once I passed the two-hour window. It might have just been a lack of lumbar support or adjustment maybe but I’d always end up with a bit of a lower back ache after a long drive in the R (not something I suffer with any other time). It was only the seats though. Although I didn’t spec DCC (my only spec regret), I didn’t find the ride overly harsh even with the 19’s. Perhaps a tad crashy over pot holes but that’s to be expected so no real complaints there. As much as the fact “it’s a Golf” was its biggest compliment, it was also its biggest downside. I love cars, always have and always will and for as long as I can I intend to enjoy them. I’ve not owned or experienced nearly as much as I would have liked at this stage for as big a fan I am. This shouldn’t be a problem as I’m only 29, but with EV’s fast approaching I feel like I’m running out of time. I’ve always held back a bit on making big compromises for a really eventful experience. I would have loved something silly like a V8 F-Type, but ultimately I do need something that does it all and don’t have the money to be led purely by the heart. It’s the reason I bought the R and also the reason I bought the C43. For the R though it just wasn’t ever quite enough. I wanted something that was more of an event even in just day to day city driving without losing the Jekyll and Hyde mentality. The only way to really achieve that generally is a bit of noise. It’s a weird thing how the sound of a car can have such a big effect on your love/dislike of it but it’s my single biggest issue with the R. DSG farts aside it just isn’t a good sounding car. After market or dealer supplied exhausts may have boosted things a bit but you can only ever go so far with a 4 pot (normally just louder and more obnoxious pops and bangs). This isn’t some great revelation but was definitely the thing that bothered me the most. The C43: So with 4 years of ownership fast approaching and a very comfortable financial situation I decided it was time for a change. I think deep down I kind of knew where I was going to be going before I even started looking but I did entertain a couple of options besides the C43. The only other serious contenders were the RS3 and M340i. I ruled out the RS3 due to prices alone (low miles 1 to 2 year old cars are nearly £50,000!) and ruled out the 3 series as it was a bit too dignified and refined - faster sure, even a little better to drive in the twisties, but not as aggressive as the Merc. As I said in another thread, the C43 feels closer to an AMG than a M340i does to a M car, and ultimately that’s what sold me on it. Not that I had a choice as it wasn’t factory ordered, but the spec on the C43 is fairly basic much like the R (basic in that most is standard equipment). It comes as standard with some things that were very expensive options on the R though (real leather seats for one) but overall there isn’t really anything missing that I would of paid my own money for. A couple of nice to haves might have been the 360 camera and upgraded sound system but I rarely listen to music whilst driving and generally speaking can park just fine with a rear camera. It’s got everything I need though. Iridium silver with the night pack, 18” wheels (prefer them to the 19’s), MB version of DCC, reversing camera, leather seats, the big centre screen, the AMG steering wheel, AMG performance exhaust (the most important option), digital drivers display etc. All the fun stuff 😉 I’ve only covered 642 miles in the wagon so far, but I’ve pretty much done all types of driving including some spirited back road work (although I’m yet to take it above 4000rpm). Overall initial impressions are very good though. Interior/Tech: My VERY first impression when I sat in the C43 the first time was that it felt a lot lower and more confined than the R. I’ve got the seat pretty much as low as it can go and feels like my legs are more stretched out in front of me. The confined feeling isn’t a negative either. Perhaps cocooned would be a better description. The R’s cabin is quite open by comparison whereas in this the centre tunnel is a lot higher and wider creating more separation from the passenger. I’ve read/heard some negative comments around interior quality but I just can’t figure out where they come from. Either some people have stupidly high standards or they did some serious upgrade work as part of the facelift. Every material I touch feels soft and expensive, even down low on the door bins. Most surfaces are covered in leather and those that aren’t either have finished metals or have the plastic that feels metallic and expensive. Every pocket, pouch, tray or draw feels quality and all are lined with rubber or felt. Now I know some aren’t fans of the fake wood trim but I think it looks nice (a damn site better than the ones with piano black trim) and the feel and texture of it is solid. It’s obviously not real wood, but it doesn’t feel cheap by any means. I’m yet to have any issues with creaking or rattles as well which makes a nice change over the R. The only time I’ve managed to get any creaks out of it is when I push hard between the air vents on the centre console… somewhere you have no reason to push other than when trying to make it creak. The comfort seats are really comfortable (clue is in the name) with loads of adjustment. I’ve been told they are the better of the two seating options, but a little more side bolstering would have been good. I have found myself moving around in the seat a bit more than the R when cornering hard. Nothing excessive but anyone who is on the thinner side might have issues (I’m 6ft and 190lbs for reference). Apparently, the driver’s seat and wheel are offset very slightly in RHD cars, but it’s so minor in the latest iteration that I didn’t notice until someone mentioned it in a video I saw. It’s certainly not something I’ve had any issues with and I can be a bit OCD about things being straight. As I’ve previously mentioned one minor complaint is that the “spare leg” footrest is a bit small when wearing wide trainers. Its perfectly usable but an extra inch would have been good (that’s what she said…). The steering wheel looks and feels amazing (especially the metal paddles). I liked the Golf R’s wheel but always thought the leather on it felt a little thin/stretched. The Merc’s is more supple with a little more padding for sure. Nappa leather and perforated sides are always a plus. The paddles have a nice direct click feel to them and all the controls are very nice to use. There has been a lot of talk about the mk8’s touch buttons and I know I wouldn’t have been a fan of them. Here though I think the balance is just right. Solid controls for most things and then two touch pads for digital drivers display and infotainment display controls. You have the option of using the dial for the infotainment but I don’t see why anyone would as the touch pads would great. The digital drivers display is a huge step up on the R and everything the R’s should have been. A lot more layout options and better graphics bring it in line with Audi’s offering easily. The only thing missing is the ability to have the map cover most of the screen which was handy, but I prefer having the rev counter in the middle so wouldn’t have used it. The options available are good though and I’ve settled for the AMG exclusive centre rev counter as said, with the right-hand display showing engine and transmission temperatures, as well as tyre pressures and temperatures. Having that information to hand right in front of you is great for knowing when you can/can’t push the car. It also has the cool flashing red lights telling you to change up as well. I’ve only seen this once as I wasn’t paying attention and may have inadvertently gone over the 4000rpm run in limit once. I must say as well, I prefer the way their current system works over the MBUX. The MBUX has some great gadgets like the augmented reality sat nav but having one long stuck on looking ipady thing across the dash really doesn’t do it for me. The tunnel style display this has is so much better. General infotainment isn’t anything special or unique but is very good. In line with the usual offerings from the likes of MB, BMW, Audi etc. Plenty of menus and options, fairly intuitive and quick responses etc. It’s not touch screen but I’d say that’s almost a plus as it means no smudges. The favourites button on the steering wheel is a god send and as said using the rotary dial or wheel both work nicely. The only negative here really is that it isn’t angled towards the driver like BMW’s. One of the last tech features I will mention is the parking sensors and reversing camera. It has front and rear sensors like most which isn’t anything of massive note, but it also has ones round the sides of the front and rear bumpers. This then covers the entire side of the vehicle. What happens is the car recognises when the front or rear side passes the object and based on your movement after it can calculate where down the side of your vehicle the object is. Obviously this doesn’t work if something is moved there whilst stationary, but generally it’s a nice handy little feature. The final one I really like is the reversing camera. It’s a pop out one for starters and like the VW highline with the moving guide lines. The main feature for me though is the viewing angle. You can move between reversing camera angles so with a touch of a steering wheel button you can get what I believe to be a 170 degree view. This is hugely helpful to me as reversing out of my drive I have high hedges on both sides so can’t see if anyone is on the pavement. With this I can see down both sides of the pavement and road perfectly before the back end is past the hedge. It also comes in really handy for reversing out of car parking spaces if you get vans or big SUV’s either side. Performance/Handling: Now onto the juicy bits. 390HP and 384lb-ft of torque gives it a fairly significant step up on the R, but the extra 185kg balances things out a bit. First and foremost, we have to talk about the engine. The 3-litre twin turbo V6 pulls like a train and with the performance exhaust it sounds a lot better than I’d thought. It’s no V8 sure, but it’s got its own character with a really nice raspy growl of a tone with nice crackles and pops. Certainly better than the M340i’s sound. Although I’ve not pushed it over the top as I’m still running in, it accelerates through the rev range nice and linear and just feels really strong. I’d argue there is minimal turbo lag as well and it is MILES better than a stock 7.5R for responsiveness. I’m not having to constantly throw it into sport at roundabouts to avoid the 2 second lag the Golf had in drive. Interestingly it doesn’t feel as though its hurtling forward as quick as the Golf though. It gathers straight line speed at about the same rate but it doesn’t feel as aggressive (other than the exhaust). I’ll be able to test that a bit more soon though as I’m sure flat to the floor and in sport+ it’ll make a difference. The transmission is the Mercedes 9G so it’s a traditional torque converter style box. I’m sure the gear changes aren’t as quick as the Golf’s DSG but when we are talking milliseconds who can tell. Overall it seems like a good gearbox and although 9 gears feels like a lot when rowing through them manually, it does allow me to hear that engine sing more often. The only complaint would be that it isn’t quite as smooth as a ZF box at slow speed. Still better than a dual clutch in that department though. The cars various drive modes are more of a contrast to each other than the 3 series or R’s. In comfort the suspension softens right up and I’d say it can actually feel a bit like MB of old where they were a bit… dare I say wallowy? It’s by no means bad but it’s certainly softer than anything I’ve experienced. This has its pluses as there is no crashing over pot holes and it irons out road imperfections well. It also stays fairly balanced in the corners as well, not that it matters of course because when you see the corners coming you’ll throw it into sport or sport+. If I tried to put my finger on it, I’d maybe say it’s more wallowy feeling front to back rather than side to side. Like there is more weight transfer when breaking as an example. Sport I’d say is about equal to a non-DCC R or fixed M Sport suspension and then sport+ a step up on that again being quite harsh but very flat and controlled. Thankfully you can pick and choose your set up at will so Sport+ gearbox, comfort suspension, powerful exhaust, mix and match etc. The good thing about manual as well is it really means manual. It’ll bounce off that rev limiter rather than change up and cut fuel to stop any damage (I’ve read this, not actually tried it). Sport+ gear changes feel pretty aggressive giving you a bit of a shunt, but again I haven’t tested this under full throttle yet. Cornering ability is surprisingly good. As said, it stays nice and flat in the bends and gets the power down well. It’s a permanent 30:70 rear bias but I think you’d have to be trying hard to get the back end out. You can feel you are being pushed rather than pulled, but the car is as planted as the R in most conditions. It’s also really agile as well. I’ve thrown it through some quite tight bends at decent speed and it just grips and goes. At one point I thought I was starting to feel some understeer but when I turned in tighter it followed the line rather than wash wide. The longer wheelbase (2840mm to the Golf’s 2630mm) does means it doesn’t feel quite as nimble as the R and doesn’t turn in quite as hard, but its certainly no slouch with the rear bias really helping rotate the car. The brakes by the way are incredible. I know the mk8 has addressed the problem but the 7.5 was really lacking here. Despite the C43 being a fair bit heavier I’d bet it stops sooner. This is largely down to the huge 360mm discs up front matched with 4 piston callipers. You’ve then got 320mm in the rear and together they are really responsive and keep things in check nicely. The discs are also cast with holes in rather than cross drilled so they handle heat pretty well and I didn’t notice any fading. Mileage may vary if you take it on track of course. Conclusion/TL;DR: Overall, I’m very happy with moving to the C43 from the R. I wanted something that felt more special and like more of an event and this ticks those boxes. There are very few downsides to this car as the various modes can make it comfortable around town or on the motorway, or aggressive and slightly unhinged on the B roads. It’s a step up in terms of quality and although not quite as agile as the R its plenty nimble and just as quick. Unsurprisingly the main highlight is the V6 engine coupled with the performance exhaust which doesn’t disappoint. It sounds better than I ever thought a V6 could. The Golf R is well known for being the best of both, a true Jekyll and Hyde, well this does a better job at it. Although some snobs out there will say it isn’t a true AMG, I don’t care. Quite frankly its capable enough and aggressive enough to warrant that badge being plastered all over it.
  8. 7 points
    blower

    Golf Mk8 videos

    Try posting again - just to let them know a T looks to have fallen off the end of the S3's plate.
  9. 6 points
    Digitalis

    Tiguan R - Livin’ the dream ;)

    Great to have found a community of fellow R owners. My last VW was a Bora: Much fun had, way back when. I’ve been tempted back by this little beauty though:
  10. 6 points
    Same this morning! Finally a bit of progress.
  11. 6 points
    Soooooo preeeetttty! Looks amazing! Such lovely gloss, depth of colour and paint rally pops in the sun. Gorgeous. There are no posting pics rules, and if there are then come and sit on the naughty step with me Darlo. 😁
  12. 6 points
    Booth11

    Am I crazy to outright purchase a mk8 R

    Same here. I’ve outright purchased all my cars including the most recent 8R because the money was saved up and set aside for it and it’s my pref to buy outright. With broker discount often offering the best deals, and utilising any PCP incentives (just paying off in full within the first 14 days) maximise discount, if you have the financial means then it a good option especially for those of us that enjoy quite a few optional extras on our cars (I do). I think the positive thing is that there is a variety of ways to pay for a new car, all with their own pros and cons, so some research into what’s best for the individual is time well spent before deciding which route to take.
  13. 6 points
    Lustral

    Test Drive 8R

    So then , the car they gave me for a few hours was pretty loaded with the Performance Pack , DCC and Akrapovic exhaust. 1st thing that striked me was the interior seem to work better with the blue and grey inside. But the centre console is a bit dull and naff. This thing is deffo a set up from the 7 / 7.5 in terms of performance. Its just quicker in any situation. Also it is a bit more playful around on the corners and you can actually get it to step out. Not sure if It should do that but the car has Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres I thinks. Although it did pop and bang, it didn't seem to feel as loud or regular as the Clubsport that I have driven previously, but still mega fun. The DCC options are vast and I would say the most comfortable setting on the Mk8 is even more plush than the Mk7 in Comfort DCC with 19s, but it might be the tyres etc etc. Had a go in that special mode and it seems that you have to do the gears yourself or in sport mode. The only thing I didn't try is launch control, but im sure that will be brutal. Well will I change from my Mk7, unlikely unless I can be persuaded by a good deal. The dealer actually would give me a decent price for my current R actually more than WBAC, however he said the lead times are at least November.
  14. 6 points
    blower

    Golf Mk8 videos

    There, fixed it - now it's a proper Audi!
  15. 5 points
    Great news for me on this Sunday morning, Hope fully it will be here in 2 weeks for me to collect
  16. 5 points
    My car was ordered on 9 March and last week I looked at the VW tracker thing and it was at stage 2. However, Mr VW Dealer called me today with the news that my car has been built and is now at Emden awaiting passage to the UK. Mr Dealer assures me I can drive it away from his forecourt the first week of May.
  17. 5 points
    Darlo

    Golf Mk8 videos

    Finally got chance to to watch this. Excellent review. Having driven the m135i on test drive and spending a fair bit of time behind the wheel on the wife’s A35 waiting for my R I agree with pretty much all of this. I do have a soft spot for the merc. It’s a car that makes you want to drive like a hooligan as soon as you start it up. The wife drives it in sport+ all the time now. Rude not to 😂. I did have my first proper play with the R on my way home from work this morning. It is properly quick and the can carry so much more spend through the bends than my 7.5R. It was all very good fun even though I wasn’t using all the revs...... honest 😬.
  18. 5 points
    Finally back in the land of VW ownership (Audi & BMW previously) what better way to make my return than with the R?! Order placed 26 March with dealership (via carwow) still sat at stage 2... dealership advised approx 20 week lead time. Checking every day to see if anything changes Lapiz Blue Estoril Alloys Pretty basic as far as upgrades go but it was a tough enough gig getting husband on side as it was without adding anything else! [emoji85][emoji1787]
  19. 5 points
    Wrex

    Golf Mk8 videos

    VW Tiguan R- better than a Golf R?! https://youtu.be/_dwXMNWkNa4 no the clubsport is 🤭
  20. 5 points
    Booth11

    Golf 8R reviews

    I think that’s a downside too. 😁 Just when you want a tyre to die an early death, they are immortal!
  21. 5 points
    Martin2

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    I'd much rather have baggy leather! Although the 7.5R standard seats aren't too bad and are much nicer than the 8R ones imo. After 25k miles and nearly 3 years, the leather in ours isn't baggy and both bolsters on the drivers side look pretty much as new. We are careful getting in and out, as I knew it was a potential issue and I keep the leather clean which even though I know there's a top coat, it does feel like it keeps is in better condition/softer. If we didn't have leather we'd have to move the seat around manually. That just wouldn't do, it's nearly as bad as sitting in traffic and having to use a clutch. 🤣
  22. 5 points
    Martin2

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    If only they did a Tiguan Clubsport, imagine how amazing that would be!!
  23. 5 points
    New to the party.. ive just placed an order for a R in White.
  24. 5 points
    Clarkie48

    What did you do to your R today?

    Picked my car up from the detailers after having stage 2 correction and ceramic coating applied. More pics to follow on my build thread.
  25. 5 points
    You won’t be holidaying in 2020. Not unless you own a Delorean. 🙂
  26. 5 points
    Car ordered. Lapiz DCC Performance Pack Winter Pack Lease via iCarLease Now to wait....
  27. 5 points
    Penguin

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    Aye that personal plate 7.5 Lapiz blue R they use in the group drag races doesn't seem very quick. It's like that one shit go-kart that everyone tries to avoid when it's time to get in the karts 😂 Probs running on Tesco 95 RON 😊
  28. 5 points
    BCA chap just picked up my Cupra and asked if it was petrol, bless him. R arriving midday tomorrow so photos imminent, hope it’s not too dirty when it comes 😃
  29. 5 points
    Sorry, but your figures dont add up comparing a lease deal for the OP's spec ;-). A lease will be significantly more for the spec the OP wants. Take a cheap lease: https://www.gateway2lease.com/cars/volkswagen/golf-5-door-hatch/8-2.0-tsi-320-7speed-r-dsg-4motion-VW023646.php 36 months, 10K miles, 1st payment £2216 and monthlies of £369 Using Drive the Deal, in order to get a discounted car of £41K you need to spec a car to £47500 with £8205 of options: gives this after discount: So what do we think £8205 of options will do to the lease monthly? £8205 / 36 = £227 per month then add on luxury car tax supplement: £335 X 3 years / 36 = £28 per month So we need to add £227 + £28 to the original lease figure of £369 giving us a monthly total of £624. Therefore to lease the OP's spec over 36 months (plus initial up front month 1) would be £624 x 35 + £2216 = £24056 I think he'd be better off buying it outright rather than leasing for this spec 😉 and this proves only a boggo spec car is worth leasing.
  30. 5 points
    Parky-SPP

    Am I crazy to outright purchase a mk8 R

    If it’s spare money that is earning 0% interest in the bank then why not. I did it when I purchased my 7.5 for that very reason. What you would have paid monthly then put back into savings. If there are additional PCP financial incentives though I’d take that out initially and then settle after a couple of weeks.
  31. 5 points
    After a pause of a few days due to family commitments and then the weather not wanting to cooperate (rain and wind), today managed to pick up where I left off on Weds. With the car fully decontaminated, machine polished (single stage) and panel wiped down, it was time to move onto the protection stages. First a super gentle wash and dry to rid the car off a few days worth of dirt, making sure no swirls inflicted in the process. Wax time Some lovely wax gloss and reflections and Lapiz flake pop Temporary sealant on gloss trim, lights, tailpipes and wheels. I have Gyeon Q2 Trim to go on, but that requires a more controlled environment for application and so will go on when I’m able to get the tent up and the weather is less changeable. Also have Gyeon Q2 RIM for the wheels when I can have a spell with the wheels off at which time I’ll also paint the rear hubs with Hammerite Rust to Metal paint. Time to seal the glass (all bar front windscreen) Not forgetting some TLC for the weatherstripping And finally, dress the tyres All done....for now...... .......needs a second coat of wax (and top off with QD) after the first coat has cured so that’ll go on next weekend. Then engine bay and interior will get a bit of love. Sorry for the billions of pics but I’m in a love affair with Lapiz! 😍 💙 😍
  32. 4 points
    So I've just come back from MRC Banbury, after having the full intake hardware fit treatment, including muffler delete, along with their Custom Stage 1 ECU and TCU remap. I can safely say I'm so impressed with the results. After intake stuff fitted Car sitting waiting to go on the Dyno, it was a fantastic day weather wise. Clear blue skies and sunny, but cold. Good for intake temps. Dyno Results Power wise, from stock run with intake hardware fitted, it made 323ps. After the 2nd dyno run following the remap, it made 395ps. Torque, from stock, it made 413.89Nm (305.27lb ft) After the 2nd dyno run following the remap it made 547.63Nm (403.91lb ft) One the brakes side of things, I decided to assess the direct OEM replacement hooked discs all round, along with braided lines from HEL. Pads, I've gone with Ferodo DS3.12 for the front, and Ferodo DS2500 for the rears. Front Rear I purchased this totally stock car back in Dec 2020, and although it was quick, I always felt it was holding back a lot. An example of this is that I could be on a dual carriageway doing 50mph for instance and floor it, and it would pick up speed ok (relatively speaking) but there didn't seem to be any urgency to it. I always got the impression it was constantly restricting the boost and fuel, deliberately limiting power, just to maintain its factory output figures. In stock form, most of its speed seems to be concentrated in bursts from standstill up to about 60mph. I had some time to test the results on my 100 mile drive back home! Now, its completely different. Everything about it is urgent. From standstill, not using launch control, it really punches in the power, and the DSG shifts are now more aggressive and quicker. I now get the sense of being pushed back in the seat while accelerating in every gear. The power delivery doesn't stop either, it just keeps going until it hits the rev limiter and then upshifts. If I put it in manual mode, it is just that, and it wont upshift until I change and will bounce off the rev limiter. And then there is the noise. I can hear much more of the intake noises. Makes a massive difference. Oh and it pops and bangs a lot more in race mode! I don't have a draggy, so I can't test its 0-60 times, but I imagine its going to be less than 4 seconds. Looking forward to Mallory Park on Thursday. What does everyone think? Any questions, let me know. As always, let me know of any further recommendations.
  33. 4 points
    Even managed to slip a pun into the title. My buddy had his Isaac Steel Blue 7.5 GTI back at our friendly detailer today for a scuff removal from the rear bumper and a general maintenance wash . While it was there Steve @ Absolute Valeting posted a rather handy video for removing carbon build up on chromed tailpipes so I thought I would share it here for those pesky mk7/7.5 exhaust tips. He uses his own tar remover but says any will do the job , the bog roll stops it evaporating and allows it to penetrate fully 😳
  34. 4 points
    Martin2

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    Well, that's the correct answer, yes. It's certainly better for the McDonalds car park driving gods, because you can spin up the front wheels as you leave!
  35. 4 points
    NRW

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    ...or maybe, Martin, buying a GTI CS😂
  36. 4 points
    Aidey

    Am I crazy to outright purchase a mk8 R

    Spot on mate, Lost a lot of family members last few years, my best friend died in an accident 6 months ago, so enjoy life while we have it 🤘
  37. 4 points
    Penguin

    L380x or L450

    I cant figure out if you're trolling or actually being serious here 🤔 Firstly at no point have any contradictions been made nor has anything been exaggerated or fabricated. At no point have stamped my feet and demand the car be fixed now; simply to have some firm commitment that they will get the car booked in and looked at it with a bit more intent than "we'll look at it between jobs". I don't have the luxury of being able to leave my car with them for weeks on end and logistically it's not the most practical thing to do. I don't care if I get an appt in 1 week or 2 months but would appreciate a more professional, pro-active response than what I've had in the last 3 weeks. I'm sorry but with any product or service that's been purchased, that type of customer service is poor. I didn't jump on here the minute I spotted the issues and start throwing mud, I've allowed enough time for an appropriate response (that doesn't mean to have had everything fixed BTW) and have now become frustrated; I don't think I'm being unreasonable and given my experience, my posts are valid and are fair to be raised. I've asked the question of whether or not those codes indicate a serious underlying issue and I'm still waiting for a response on that. Since finding the error codes I've not driven the car hard, at WOT etc. I've actually left the car in D and let it change up when it wants trying to keep it off boost, until I can be sure I'm not going to cause expensive/irreparable damage. My comments on how the car drives and post map performance are based on my drive home, once I was back on familiar, quieter roads. I did the scan after driving my son to school the following day and phoned R-Tech straight away. I've treat the car with kid gloves since and scan it almost daily now to ensure nothing else is amiss. The ACC error was what led me to do the scan and that's when I found 72 stored faults and upon checking them some were of no concern but others led me to dig a little further and become concerned. My car has been fault free since buying it and that specifically includes the ACC system. As you're aware the FMIC fitting is a bumper off job so I wouldn't be wrong in thinking "what's changed since my ACC worked on the drive down to R-Tech?". If it's not a physical issue with a harness/wire/connector or similar then the only other change is the software on the car. The ACC isn't actually a major worry but it was working pre-remap then as far as I'm concerned, it should have been returned to me in the same state. R-Tech were quick to enough to demand I scan my car and deliver it to them fault free so in return I would expect a similar courtesy. The hardware on my car and the choice of turbo was discussed a few times with both R-Tech and Littco beforehand and at no time was it flagged up that my choices and route I was taking was a bad idea. In fact, R-Tech were pleased that I had decided to upgrade the turbo and Littco themselves said it would be a good platform for tuning; at no stage was I advised "upgrading the turbo is a good idea but you should also consider X, Y, Z". IMO I couldn't have done any more 'due diligence' and I was taking confidence in the advice I was getting from well regarded tuners. The mods on my car are pretty much standard and similar to many other stage 1 cars on here and I'm not naive in knowing there's additional stress on drivetrain, most tuners would be able to achieve similar numbers and claim that they were tuning responsibly and well within the tolerances of what hardware was capable of. I wasn't asking for silly numbers and in honesty, any improvement on the Revo stage 1 map would have just been a bonus but the car did give some good numbers but heat soak was observed so I was advised to get the FMIC and then the car will run more efficiently. Part of my reasoning for opting the L380X instead of the regular L380 was that it future proofed me for stage 2 so I asked them to fit the FMIC as similarly it would ready the car for going stage 2 etc. At no stage prior to mapping was I told that a FMIC is essential; plenty of others run stage 1 (and 2) without one, even in warmer climates than ours. All I've requested is a date to get the car booked in for diagnostics with a one day turnaround. Even if I'm told, yes there's issues but we need to get you booked in again and will need the car for X days then that's fine, it's not ideal but I accept it will have to happen. That isn't too much to ask IMO. I''m done with this thread now.
  38. 4 points
    Booth11

    What have you bought for your 8R?

    I’ve run two Blackvue group buys myself in the past. But another forum member has taken up the mantle and is actually working on this atm and is in contact with Blackvue trying work out a group buy deal for forum members. If it comes off I’ll be posting it up in the Group Buy section so keep a look out. So I think let’s see what happens with that one first. I or the member working on it will keep you posted. 👍
  39. 4 points
    Booth11

    Golf R gremlins

    That’s got to be the most accurate sentence on the forum this week! 😂
  40. 3 points
    Pumatron

    Bec’s Lapiz 8R

    I forgot to say what I bought. kinda of scouted around the question but feel I need some Hail Mary on confession. I have sinned. Badly. Now I want promises you won’t laugh. It’s a, Vauxhall. And it’s a Corsa. And it’s a Electric. I know, I know, You don’t have too tell me.....hang on! stop crying with laughter and let me finish.... I wasn’t wearing my glasses and I saw the V and a jumble of other letters on the dealer showroom and thought it was Volkswagen. Not fooling anyone am I? Ah well, I’ve let the Petrol head halo slip and committed brand murder on myself. Still this brown polyester shell suit looks really cool now I’m a Vauxhall owner. 🤐🤓😂 So, not only do I have to make brum brum noises I have to also imagine and squint really hard to make it look like a Golf R. Will I ever be forgiven?🤔
  41. 3 points
    Booth11

    Bec’s Lapiz 8R

    @Pumatron Not sure where in Kent you are but here’s a nice Kentish backdrop although grapes as a change from apples and pears. Snoopy (my R) and his big bro, HWMBO’s Amarok (aka family truck) enjoying the scene.
  42. 3 points
    Booth11

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    Let us know how your daytime runs pan out blower. I guess unless or until someone does some controlled comparison tests the question will remain. It’s of idle interest (to me) but in the real world I’m much concerned with the 8Rs chassis, steering, handling and braking improvement over the mk7, which ime is the case. Speed is nice when it can be exploited on the road (and track if you track your cars) but it’s just one piece of the jigsaw.
  43. 3 points
    blower

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    Aye, that Archie is bloody irritating - reminds me so much of the comedian Lee Nelson and the character he plays. He's like a hyperactive 10 year old in an adults body.......he's well bad!
  44. 3 points
    OOV

    Preferred exhaust

    I got the pops and bangs by going APR Stage 2 and they mapped it in. Res delete helps as does the downpipe. As for the exhaust though, BCS Powervalve is the one I will go for.
  45. 3 points
    Booth11

    Golf 8R test drive :(

    Yes R owners only live in cities and only drive in straight lines. Despite having a rapido car, it simply takes forever to get anywhere! 😂
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    DustyBones

    Messed up up rear bumper

    Pretty easy repair that, wet sand from medium down to super fine with plenty of water. Then mask well the metal work into wheel arch etc. Then on a warm dry day and preferably in a garage, VW primer spay with rattle can, shake incredibly well, then light coats. once fully dry, wet sand again. Then lay some VW top coat, again light coats, blending onto bumper away from repair area. Take your time. Finally lay a clear coat over the top. Don't over think it, its not difficult, but prepare the area well and take your time. Once it properly hardened give it a damn good polish and you may be surprised at how well it turns out. Allow plenty of time to dry in-between coats. Worst case you mess it up and put it into a bodyshop, All they will do is sand off any hideous mess you have made and do it again. Have some faith in your own skills and give it a go. cheers
  48. 3 points
    Tom2893

    Mk8R members’ cars photo gallery

    Thats the best the new Golf R can look imo. 😍
  49. 3 points
    Nink

    What have you bought for your 8R?

  50. 3 points
    Nink

    What have you bought for your 8R?

    Received the black mirror caps today, VW China stamped so not sure on them actually being vw - all the right numbers etc on them but didn’t look quite as well made as the originals stamped Vw Hungary. fitting was easy enough , old caps came off easily, blind spot lights are a kind of destructive fit, leaves a little mark when you remove them but wouldn’t be that visible if you returned to standard. getting them back on was trickier - now I’ve sussed it would only be a 10 minute job. Look good.
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