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Cogito last won the day on June 1 2020

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    Ought to work for R GmbH

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    Metro Atlanta, Georgia USA
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    2019 MK7.5 R, Lapiz, US spec (traded 2016 MK7 R). Also own 2003 Porsche Boxster S and 2020 RAM 1500 4x4 pickup.

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  1. Good thing we can't introduce him to my little ex-escapee Blossom. It might turn into a Bonnie and Clyde encounter. His play antics look like Corliss and Pegeen, who are lots of fun. I'll bet he going to be a wonderful companion.
  2. My Lapiz 7.5 R has black Prets from the factory (can't seem to find a photo). Wasn't certain about them at first but turns out they look both menacing yet understated when clean and shiny. That said, given the choice I'd go for gunmetal every time.
  3. Always a good idea to become acquainted with your new pet before committing to a name, but no harm in developing a prospective list. I did an Internet search of famous one-eyed celebrities, but not sure any of the names are suitable. Didn't know they were partially sightless: James Joyce, Peter Falk, Rex Harrison, Edgar Degas, Sammy Davis Jr (I knew about him - he nearly died in a '50s car accident). Perhaps the best is Thom Yorke of Radiohead (Thom cat?). If these are non-contenders, either Nelson or Rocket are fine choices, or something may come to mind after you complete the adoption.
  4. Bec, I'm sure you know how satisfying it is to adopt an animal in need. He's a lucky boy! A couple of weeks ago Blossom, the mama cat, managed to claw her way through a screened porch door while I was at work. She disappeared for several days. Turns out she remained close to home, but once spotted it took a couple of days to coax her back inside. The door is now barricaded pending a more secure solution. Fortunately her offspring (The Girls) remained in the house. Blossom was once feral. Apparently she hasn't gotten it out of her system, although I'm still on her "approved" list. She continues to solicit and accept my attention.
  5. Thoughtful sorting of priorities, as Camel is doing, will lead to the best choice for your particular preferences. In some ways this is the most enjoyable part of shopping for a new vehicle, although it can be frustrating. When spec-ing a new pickup last year I was torn between wanting another honking V-8 (primarily a Yank thing though shared by some enthusiasts world-wide) and liking diesels, which would mean V-6 in my truck's weight range. Happy with the diesel decision, by the way.
  6. Really appreciate your insightful comments, Bec. When I traded my well-loved MK6 R for a MK7, I felt I got a significantly better car for the money. The trade for the MK7.5 was unexpected (my dealer made me an offer that on balance I'm glad I didn't refuse) but worthwhile, if only for the six-year full warranty VW was promoting at the time (they dropped it the end of the model-year). I'm intrigued by the MK8 R's advances and certainly will check them out when they're released Stateside as 2022 models later this year. Of course if I buy, I lose the current six-year warranty. The decision will be made based on how well it drives, how much VW asks for it, and, maybe, how much I want to demonstrate support for VW's decision to offer manual transmission on US-spec MK8 Rs.
  7. Maybe speed limits are taken less seriously here in the States or at least in metro Atlanta where I live. A handful seem to be set artificially low, plus we aren't burdened with speed cameras, but many seem appropriate for the mediocre skills of the average American driver. Regardless, a significant number of drivers completely ignore speed limits. During my familiar, routine pre-sunrise morning commute with moderate, not-yet-rush-hour traffic, I usually drive in the 70s, sometimes higher, on a 65-mph freeway and, while not exactly a rolling roadblock, get passed by a surprising number of fellow commuters. Approaching downtown traveling in the 50s on 40-mph four lane (aka dual carriageway?) suburban/urban roads will find me being passed by about half the traffic. High 40s-low 50s on certain narrow 35-mph sections, ditto. This is "business" driving, not an attempt to exercise a quick, agile car. It's extremely rare to see police pull anyone over and, fortunately, there are seldom any accidents along the route. I know my reflexes (not particularly high), acknowledge the risk, pay strict attention, drive defensively, and try to follow much of the impressively sensible advice and observations shared by others on this thread.
  8. You ask an excellent question but the comment above suggests you're most likely to be satisfied with a well-maintained and documented car regardless of spec. If you have strong preferences about color, manual-vs-DSG, leather-vs-cloth, etc., keep those in mind. Whether or not the car has DCC (I've had it both ways), or other options you don't feel strongly about, won't leave you with pangs of regret. Buying a car with issues will.
  9. Good to hear from someone reaping the benefits of good maintenance. Keep it up and you'll enjoy your ride for many miles to come.
  10. Glad you're out exercising your new baby. At the risk of offending most of the forum, is there a way to shut off Akra's pops and bangs without compromising enthusiastic driving? You may not have checked this out yet, but does it drone at steady highway speeds?
  11. Bec, you may recall a number of animated past discussions regarding the most effective approach to running in a new engine. Instructions in my 7.5 owners manual are broadly similar to those for the 8. I generally followed them, especially regarding a cold engine. As things warmed up I gradually increased the number and duration of mid-range speed variations while avoiding full-throttle/rpm, and currently enjoy a free-running motor that uses no oil between changes. There's a contingent that believes a hard run-in from the get-go is beneficial in promoting more power while causing no harm. Maybe so but, like you, I prefer to show a bit of discretion (not to be confused with babying) until the miles accumulate. Many years ago my first oil change was circa 2K miles regardless of manufacturer's recommendations. That stopped when it occurred to me that factory-supplied oil might contain extra additives conducive to a successful run-in.
  12. Bec, still haven't gone through all the comments, so apologies if you've answered this, How are you managing the break-in period? Does VW provide advice in the owner's manual? If so, are you following it? I'm sure you'll wait for things to be thoroughly warmed up before giving it the stick. How about brakes and tires? What brand is the factory using?
  13. Thanks for the video, Andy. As you know, VW prices the R more keenly in the States than in the UK and still doesn't shift many over here. My manual 7.5 was just over $40K; DSG would have been about $2K extra. The GTI at around $30K is considered a much better deal and sells in far greater numbers. The video estimate of $46K for the MK8 R sounds like what one might expect. I long ago lost the battle against standard leather and am no fan of sunroofs. The Akrapovic exhaust might be a deal-breaker if VW makes it standard. I'd have to swallow hard to accept a $3K upcharge for something that seems at odds with the refined, understated nature of the R. Plus I hate unsolicited pops and bangs. The rest of the package looks like a worthwhile enhancement of what is already my ideal daily driver. I look forward to Bec's ongoing commentary.
  14. How did I manage to miss this post for over a month?! Congratulations, Bec, and welcome to the Lapiz Side. I never thought you'd sway from black but think you won't regret the decision. I haven't caught up with all the comments but am eager to learn what's going on with the blue highlights in the leather seats. When the MK8 R is introduced Stateside as a 2022 model later this year, 6-speed manual will be available. The VW gods are smiling favorably on me. It's tempting, depending on how they're priced. VW marketed the 7.5 fully equipped, which means the 8 will likely have leather standard and not be available with those neat blue cloth seats (not to everyone's taste, but I really like them). But if the leather has subtle blue accents, it might be a shame to cover them with sheepskin. If you can learn to appreciate Lapiz, maybe I can do the same with leather. Just listen to me contemplating looks over comfort . . .
  15. My MK7 R had 18" Cadiz. I was fine with their appearance, although the 19" Prets on the 7.5 give the car a more purposeful look, especially in black.
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