The Letter of the Month wins a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses
each issue. Even though it is not unexpected for such a great magazine, last month this habit of mine turned quite intense. The reason being the arrival of the Polo GTI. The boiling hot article of yours burned my hands. I read the entire article with raised eyebrows, clenched fists, drooling mouth and a maniacal smile on my face. Being the second most populated country in the world, there is no shortage of enthusiasts here, that’s for sure. However, the way VW has played the hot-hatch game is questionable.
As I said earlier, there’s no shortage of enthusiasts but there are plenty of posers too. Volkswagen should have offered some level of customisation with the GTI. Unlike Germany, in India we like our cars to be bold and aggressive with bright colours rather than elegant and subtle with plain colours (C’mon fellow readers, admit it, you like that too). I am not asking to gold plate the rims and stuff all its vacant spaces with LED lights. Just some racing stripes on the hood and doors would have worked wonders. As far is the price is concerned `25 lakh is quite a lot. We do get the 145 bhp Abarth Punto for `10 lakh. So for `25 lakh, we should get at least twice that power.
Now, the main purpose of my mail. The SEAT brand which comes under the Volkswagen Group has a very capable product called the Leon Cupra. It has been a year since I watched Evo UK’s track battle between the Leon Cupra and the Megane 275TrophyR. Now that we have the GTI on our shores, I have to watch it again. And if I get the same goosebumps that I got when I last watched it, it would mean that it is time for the Cupra to come to our shores too, even if it is priced higher than the GTI.
You must be wondering why I write such lengthy mails. It is because I write them as soon as I get your magazine which means I still have truckloads of adrenaline running through my veins while typing these mails.
Your hot-hatch fanboy, Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary! We had a blast reading it! It was absolutely magnificent to say the least. The cover story on F1 giant McLaren was a veritable feast for our eyes. The long ride from Bologna to Moscow on Ducati Globetrotter was fascinating. The car vs train tussle in picturesque Shimla was incredible. The Beetle journey seemed like Beethoven’s symphony. The off-road supplement was the icing on the cake. The adventure rides had our adrenaline rushing. To sum it up, we couldn’t have asked for anything better in the anniversary special. Keep the great stuff coming and I wish you all the best!