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 Post subject: I wouldn't mind a sporty GT-E-golf
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:37 pm 
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I've had this car for over a month now, it's fun enough I'm already over the lease mileage allotment. I was thinking I would not mind a more performance oriented version of this car. Tesla's Model 3 orders, plus D models and "ludicrous" mode seems to indicate there is a market - why wouldn't VW jump in? I know for a lot of folks here that's heresy (electrical = maximizing savings), but this little thing has potential.

With a slightly bigger battery (like 2017 model or even a little more), I could see a "GT-Electric" version. A couple body tweaks GTI style, more buckety seats up front, slightly stiffer suspension, wider and grippier tires for better cornering and especially better braking (Jeeeesus, those tires are not very good under braking). Nicer wheels would be good, savings be damned, they're an eyesore but I understand the reason they're on. The Torque off the line is good, but an extra 30% sounds doable, bringing it in line with a GTI... Not sure what we could do with horse power short of a bigger electric motor or better yet a second motor out back, the 40-80 mph acceleration right now is nowhere near as impressive as 0-40. Sure the mileage would drop significantly but as long as it can still do 50-60 miles reliably, I'd buy one...

I think it would still come under the running costs of a GTI... (but not purchase). Like a Tesla 3 competitor with possibly less range...

As a side note my Clipper creek charger arrived and my 10-12KW daily charge went from 11h on the 110V Factory charger to 3h30 ! Awesome !


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 Post subject: Re: I wouldn't mind a sporty GT-E-golf
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:13 pm 
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I've had this car for over a month now, it's fun enough I'm already over the lease mileage allotment. I was thinking I would not mind a more performance oriented version of this car. Tesla's Model 3 orders, plus D models and "ludicrous" mode seems to indicate there is a market - why wouldn't VW jump in? I know for a lot of folks here that's heresy (electrical = maximizing savings), but this little thing has potential.

With a slightly bigger battery (like 2017 model or even a little more), I could see a "GT-Electric" version. A couple body tweaks GTI style, more buckety seats up front, slightly stiffer suspension, wider and grippier tires for better cornering and especially better braking (Jeeeesus, those tires are not very good under braking). Nicer wheels would be good, savings be damned, they're an eyesore but I understand the reason they're on. The Torque off the line is good, but an extra 30% sounds doable, bringing it in line with a GTI... Not sure what we could do with horse power short of a bigger electric motor or better yet a second motor out back, the 40-80 mph acceleration right now is nowhere near as impressive as 0-40. Sure the mileage would drop significantly but as long as it can still do 50-60 miles reliably, I'd buy one...

I think it would still come under the running costs of a GTI... (but not purchase). Like a Tesla 3 competitor with possibly less range...

As a side note my Clipper creek charger arrived and my 10-12KW daily charge went from 11h on the 110V Factory charger to 3h30 ! Awesome !


Get back to us when you are ready to return your e-Golf at the end of your lease. Things will be quite different by then, more to your performance liking. Volkswagen literally translates to "People's Car". When you want performance, look to the Audi and Porsche lineup.

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 Post subject: Re: I wouldn't mind a sporty GT-E-golf
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:18 am 
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I just want a sunroof. The increased ranges of the 2018 models mean it'll be able to handle 95% of my driving vs the current 70%. Who knows, I may buy a 2018 and pay the $1600 to drill one in.

To improve handling they need to balance the battery weight evenly same as Tesla does. Easier said than done, I'm sure.

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 Post subject: Re: I wouldn't mind a sporty GT-E-golf
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:32 pm 
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JoulesThief wrote:
Get back to us when you are ready to return your e-Golf at the end of your lease. Things will be quite different by then, more to your performance liking. Volkswagen literally translates to "People's Car". When you want performance, look to the Audi and Porsche lineup.


You don't say ;-)

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I basically got it because I wanted to save the other white one for "fun", not getting beaten too much in the city. And yet I honestly can tell you I'm just as happy driving both... That's a glowing recommendation for the golf ! A little more power from 40-80mph (or more range if you prefer not to use the power) and VW is onto something that'll sell like hotcakes !


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 Post subject: Re: I wouldn't mind a sporty GT-E-golf
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:48 am 
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http://jalopnik.com/volkswagen-is-planning-a-cheap-all-electric-assault-to-1794412686


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 Post subject: Re: I wouldn't mind a sporty GT-E-golf
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:39 am 
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Deschodt wrote:
JoulesThief wrote:
Get back to us when you are ready to return your e-Golf at the end of your lease. Things will be quite different by then, more to your performance liking. Volkswagen literally translates to "People's Car". When you want performance, look to the Audi and Porsche lineup.


You don't say ;-)

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I basically got it because I wanted to save the other white one for "fun", not getting beaten too much in the city. And yet I honestly can tell you I'm just as happy driving both... That's a glowing recommendation for the golf ! A little more power from 40-80mph (or more range if you prefer not to use the power) and VW is onto something that'll sell like hotcakes !


Thumbs up. Well, with a Sunday driver like that P car... it's a little tough to live up to anything that does what that one does in the corners. Ever since the 356 started, Porsche has constantly had the next generation, 911 and 912's evolving. How many years now has the 911 and it's iterations been around now?

IMHO, the e-Golf 1st gen has been the sleeper. I'm sure I'll be pleasantly surprised when the Mk VIII e-golf comes out, and you can be certain VW folks read posts in here to get a feel for what the market desires, including your 40-80 mph wish. But that's going to take a bigger electric motor that will take much more current... 40 to 80 mph is in the realm of horsepower needed, it already has plenty of torque. I think it's going to happen, it's just a matter of when, or how soon, that the market is willing to pay for it.

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