The Let­ter of the Month wins a pair of Maui Jim sun­glasses

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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!

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