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After a few days on the Croatian coast, a short visit of Modena and Maranello, headed back up to "Chairmany" to let the GTI stretch its legs and I decided to chase it up the Stelvio pass. Thought that some of you might enjoy it. Please don't expect high production levels - I just tapped record on the phone.

From 39 degrees Celcius in Modena to 13 at about 9055 feet within a few hundred miles.

It's Stage 1 ... to explain the crisp acceleration uphill.

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Thanks for sharing.
Hope you enjoyed the road trip, I understand why you wanted a low mileage car馃榾
 

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:) ... sure. I was kinda' happy that it was close by and not in another country.

I first thought that the H&R coil-overs would be quite uncomfortable for a 1400 mile long trip and that it would be better to take the TSI. But they were just fine (except for a few spots in Italy). Had so much fun through the alps using lift-off-oversteer and late-apexing turns on switchbacks. The 6-speed and Stage 1 are a nice combo - very engaging and easy to get into a rhythm - the right gear seems to be always readily available while chucking it into turns. Amazed at the differences between the TSI and GTI at higher speeds. Sound insulation is so much better at high speeds..., doesn't matter if you're doing 80 or 130, the sound and wind noise don't seem to change much.

Apropos high speeds: just found out another highlight of the trip was me overtaking a S*inger P*rsche 911 DLS just south of Munich on Wednesday. I was doing :
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when I saw it cruising at about a 110 mph (Sry for the bad quality of the pic - at these speeds I tend to keep safe distance - especially to an automobile that is worth 2 million pounds).

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I heard its engine note (sounded like a na V10) in one of the tunnels before you get onto the "bahn" and thought that it was a Lambo or F*rrari. After watching TG's First Drive I knew it was that naturally aspirated engine revving up to 9300 rpm. Never thought that I would see one on this side of the pond.


So ..., I guess it wasn't only the highest up! in the world but maybe the only one that overtook a S*nger 911? :unsure:

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I think stage 1 (or plus) with coilovers is the way to go. Mine feels underpowered now I've fitted coilovers.....roll on next year.
I like the comments about lift off oversteer. I've been driving on the wrong roads (commute), but that has just changed and I'm getting the hang of it - ish, still a few ideas I'm playing with to improve...tires etc. However the speed it now carries in the bends is insane, I believe it to be more than my old modified golf r, - It's so light and there's so much grip. I'm not surprised people can see off M2's etc on a twisty road. On the right roads it's serious fun, but maybe some of the cheeky round town smiles have been diluted - however I need to wait until the finished article (stage 1 (+) tires etc) before I draw conclusions....can't wait.
I'm current on holiday......Zafira is the bus of choice, 5 of us馃お Comfortable!
 

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Whereabouts are you based Red? I can only think I've driven to the N/ring and through parts of France to visit friends, so not best placed to suggest. Some of the things Harry Metcalfe (Harry's Garage on YT) gets up to look really enjoyable although he's obviously monied. Following the Mille Miglia, etc.
I've sprinted around the track in that Singer video several times but can't help but feel that almost any town in Italy will be more enjoyable to visit than Cowbridge!
All good fun
Cowbridge is a fine town (by UK standards anyway). I'm close by in Cardiff馃憤
 
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