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Old 07-23-2015, 07:21 PM   #1
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Does anyone here have a love affair for ... hot hatches? I've always been a coupe person. I love the look of coupes. If I could own only one car, it would be, and has been, a coupe. But I just can't take my eyes off those hot hatches when I see one on the road. Seems like they just keep getting sexier. I wonder why Americans don't like hatches as much as Europeans?

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Old 07-23-2015, 07:34 PM   #2
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I have a Porsche hatchback, my 996 Targa
Love it, but my Boxster is more fun to drive
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:04 PM   #3
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I have a Porsche hatchback, my 996 Targa
Love it, but my Boxster is more fun to drive
Is a 911 a coupe, a hatchback, or both? . I've grown to love the look of Boxster/Cayman more than the "king", the 911. Since I don't use the soft top that much, my next Porsche will be a 987.2 Cayman.
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:30 PM   #4
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The Targa is both. Only in the Targa does rear windows open up

I'm nearly always top down in my Boxster. That one of the reasons to live in So Cal
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:30 AM   #5
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I'm nearly always top down in my Boxster. That one of the reasons to live in So Cal
I have not had the top up for close to 6 months.
Realizing the potential for creases, I keep telling myself that the reason I bought it was to have a convertible. So now, the only time the top goes up is if I get caught in the rain or I am parking in a questionable area.
(obviously we are not talking about a daily driver here.....)
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:58 AM   #6
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If I could choose 3.

For me and my driving habits

1. Golf GDI, Macan diesel of hatches.

2. Abarth Ferrari from Europe, it has 6 speeds not 5 they should have 6 here!

3. My imaginary Porsche one.

4 doors like the golf, but with Porsche low hood. 1.7L supercharged flat 6. Like the 986 2.7 but smaller and supercharged. Short gear ratios, top speed 135-140. Engine in trunk where spare went.

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Old 08-09-2015, 06:00 AM   #7
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I have not had the top up for close to 6 months.

Realizing the potential for creases, I keep telling myself that the reason I bought it was to have a convertible. So now, the only time the top goes up is if I get caught in the rain or I am parking in a questionable area.

(obviously we are not talking about a daily driver here.....)

🏻 same here


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Old 08-21-2015, 09:30 AM   #8
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I have one 'hot' hatch, and one 'warm' hatch, both Mk6 Golfs.



2012 GTI 6MT and 2012 TDI DSG. TDI is mostly stock save for the OEM euro LED tail lights; GTI is mildly modded (OEM S3 short shifter, cat-back exhaust, Stg1 remap, wheels, OEM euro LED tails, and some other cosmetic mods).

I love the GTI. It's the perfect all-rounder for my needs--save for not being AWD. (Significant throttle input during wet weather = wheel hop in 1st/2nd which is not great.) Small enough to parallel park (which I do every day); seats 4 adults comfortably; entertaining drivetrain/handling without punishing ride; reasonable freeway noise level; nice interior.

The TDI has a suspension setup that (per my buddy at VWoA) is about 80% of the GTI's spec, comes with the prior base wheel/tire package for the GTI, same seats as the GTI in different fabric, etc. It's a surprisingly good driver as long as you know how to drive it on the torque vs. revs. The only complaint I have with the TDI setup is the steering feel is too light in comparison to the GTI. I keep meaning to have a look in VCDS (VW version of Durametric) to see if I can change steering feel.

If I stay with VW, my next car will be a Golf R. The 2016 Focus RS looks to be a killer package, but I'm not sure I want a car that is quite that aggressive in terms of styling.
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I had plenty of GTI's MKI, MK2 16V, MK3 VR6, MK6

In addition to the Boxster I recently acquired a Cooper S - quick, super nimble, 35 mpgs and lots of fun to drive. I love surprising people thinking since it's a small hatchback that it's slow especially in the turns where I exit 10 to 20 mph higher and pass them on the inside lane.
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The R53 MCS is a very fun car, especially in '06-up form with the LSD and a pulley upgrade.
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