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Carbon fibre on a Golf GTI from the factory and an illuminated VW badge at the front - as if the light bar on the 8 wasn’t stupid enough

‘The GTI can also be ordered with carbonfibre exterior applications for the first time’. These prices are going to shock potential buyers imo

I think you’re right in terms of the price.

As for the facelift, I think it’s a little underwhelming, but then that’s VW’s typical approach to mid lifecycle facelifts. I dare say most people who aren’t Golf and / or GTI enthusiasts the wouldn’t even realise the mk8.5 is a refreshed, facelift model.

I’ve never been a fan of the light bar and IMHO the illuminated VW badge is a bit tacky and just a step too far.

Let’s just hope VW have ironed out the software gremlins that have plagued the mk8.

Actually thought the MK 7 mid life cycle was beyond what would expect with the digital drivers display and vastly improved media units, and styling wise the change of lights and DRL were a major win for GTI, where the red stripes always looked a little awkward, but then really integrated brilliantly in the MK 7.5. The enhanced gloss black vents and trim over the MK 7 were good plusses also.

On the MK 8, its going to be interesting to see present MK 8 owners thoughts on the screens, I am personally pretty neutral having not dipped into MK 8, its not the worst screen seen in a car, at size and position looks ok, and it does have some styling with curves and bevels.

My interest lies whether it all just works without multiple glitches, as that would make a MK 8.5 an option down the line, where as kind of excluded the natural moving onto a MK 8 due to the issues, as much as know many have been sorted, just know I would still get a lemon used.

EDIT: Just specced Style up with Pan Roof, upgraded wheels, DCC and few other bits, and it was over £37k! Definitely going over £50k with few of the desirable options on GTI's and R's

Had conversation with colleague who like me has always gone company car route, and likes his cars, and is up for his cycle of change, and there is very little cars on there now, allowance for car has only minimally lifted, the car lease prices have taken huge jumps, removing most cars of worth off the list, you just do not see them, no GTI, R or anything of that like, and even vanilla cars are requiring uplift over allowance.

His other route is to take allowance and go down own path, but again, finance prices would mean he would have to add some  quite significant £ to get something half decent and in June his mortgage jumps £500 so he has tried to extend his current lease without luck, and so it will be used car only as a replacement and we are talking, a profession, good middle income earner who would have with ease, and without hesitation be in market for an S3, GTI or R as his changeover.

Think its the finance deals that affect folk most in decision, how much paying a month, so even if car price was much higher, its still the money paying per month focus on, but higher car prices and high APR is making new untenable for many many more than previous.
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Golf mk7 / Re: MK7 GTI Clubsport Mats
« Last post by Toeman on 14 April 2024, 17:58 »
Definitely a nice addition  just put mine in for the summer   What summer I hear you say
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Golf mk7 / Re: Mpg
« Last post by Watts on 14 April 2024, 17:17 »
Gpf regen is a distinct possibility, mine gets a noticeably noisier exhaust note too and yes, the mpg plummets. Also find the fans still running after turning the engine off. Take it for a good long run and see if that clears it. A couple of hours steady on the motorway should do it.
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Golf mk7 / Re: What have you done to your MK 7 today ?
« Last post by Watts on 14 April 2024, 17:11 »
Today I've been trying to sort out a few stonechips that had started going rusty on the bonnet. Unfortunately Halfords don't do Oryx white so will have to order some. In the meantime, I've treated the rust and once dried coated in vaseline as a temporary measure to keep the weather off.
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Golf mk7 / Re: MK7 GTI Clubsport Mats
« Last post by mwad gti on 14 April 2024, 16:09 »
I REALLY want a set of these
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Golf mk7 / Re: Clubsport S Question.
« Last post by EB2019 on 14 April 2024, 13:48 »

It doesn't add sound to any extent that I noticed BTW
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Interesting, so it fails to carry out it's function, and can't handle it's intended environment?  :grin:
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Yeah that's pretty much it  :grin:
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Golf mk7 / Re: Clubsport S Question.
« Last post by jh_97 on 14 April 2024, 12:50 »
 
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It doesn't add sound to any extent that I noticed BTW
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Interesting, so it fails to carry out it's function, and can't handle it's intended environment?  :grin:
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Golf mk7 / Re: Clubsport S Question.
« Last post by EB2019 on 14 April 2024, 11:54 »
Just having a quick look on AutoDoc, there £35-50 plus delivery, not sure if any are from the same manufacturer as OEM though. I'm a bit reluctant to replace knowing the same issue will just reoccurring before too long.

Interestingly, the product descriptions all say "silencing material", no mention of heat insulation. If it's an easy way to increase engine sound then I'm in, but is it worth the risk of potentially damaging the paint..?

I saw those but not sure of the quality as I've not heard of the brands.  A forum member had one and said it was fine for 3 years etc, but if its not needed I don't see the point of replacing at all. It doesn't add sound to any extent that I noticed BTW

Thanks for the link, They could have cleaned under the bonnet to sell it  :grin:

So it was only for sound proofing?  At least I know my paint isn't going to be a problem, even though the bonnet was iron hot to touch.

I noticed (and should add to the old mk7.5 cost cutting thread) they didn't even paint the underside of the bonnet fully, how much did that save?  :rolleyes:

The fact that the underside of the Clubsport S bonnet is painted because it’s on full view but your car’s under bonnet isn’t painted because it would be hidden by the insulation pad seems to suggest / confirm the insulation pad wasn’t fitted to the Clubsport S.

Good point, I was only thinking its a mk7 and mine being a mk7.5 std Golf so it might not have been painted fully to save money?? If a mk7 owner removed the pad and its partially painted that would def confirm.
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Golf mk7 / Re: Clubsport S Question.
« Last post by SRGTD on 14 April 2024, 11:27 »
Thanks for the link, They could have cleaned under the bonnet to sell it  :grin:

So it was only for sound proofing?  At least I know my paint isn't going to be a problem, even though the bonnet was iron hot to touch.

I noticed (and should add to the old mk7.5 cost cutting thread) they didn't even paint the underside of the bonnet fully, how much did that save?  :rolleyes:

The fact that the underside of the Clubsport S bonnet is painted because it’s on full view but your car’s under bonnet isn’t painted because it would be hidden by the insulation pad seems to suggest / confirm the insulation pad wasn’t fitted to the Clubsport S.
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Golf mk7 / Re: Clubsport S Question.
« Last post by jh_97 on 14 April 2024, 10:46 »
Just having a quick look on AutoDoc, there £35-50 plus delivery, not sure if any are from the same manufacturer as OEM though. I'm a bit reluctant to replace knowing the same issue will just reoccurring before too long.

Interestingly, the product descriptions all say "silencing material", no mention of heat insulation. If it's an easy way to increase engine sound then I'm in, but is it worth the risk of potentially damaging the paint..? 
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