Volkswagen GTI Stock vs. Magnaflow Exhaust by WINDING ROAD

Turn up your speakers, plug in your headphones, Winding Road has made an Exhaust note comparison video! We drive the 2011 two-door Volkswagen GTI with the stock Exhaust against a 2010 four-door Volkswagen GTI with an aftermarket Magnaflow cat-back Exhaust. Both have six-speed manual transmissions. Which do you prefer, and what are your thoughts on adding aftermarket Exhausts to new cars that some may feel are too quiet? http://www.windingroad.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-Road https://www.facebook.com/WindingRoadVideo

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2016 Polaris Slingshot SL - WR TV POV Canyon Drive
Ride along with us as we take Polaris’ reverse trike out for a dash down Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles. The folks from Polaris say that the impetus to create the Slingshot came from their desire to build a vehicle that could cause a “paradigm shift” in the automotive market. While that certainly has the air of PR hyperbole, it’s not unlike the motivating factors behind the Cam Am Spyder from a few years ago (which is also a reverse trike), and the Slingshot is arguably more successful at that mission. But the driver sits in the Slingshot rather than on top of it, and when paired with the Polaris’ side by side seating configuration, traditional steering wheel, three pedals on the floor and a shifter in the center console, the experience from behind the wheel feels more like an open cockpit car rather than a motorcycle. Dimensionally, the Slingshot sports a 105 inch wheelbase, stands 51.9 inches tall and 77.6 inches wide, while the front track measures 69 inches and the Slingshot rides just 5 inches off the ground. The trike’s tubular steel frame, minimal bodywork and bare-bones cockpit not only contribute to its 1700 pound curb weight, they also allow it to retain some aspects of what makes motorcycles engaging and unique. The windscreen provided on the top-spec SL model does help deflect insects and random debris from meeting your helmet, but otherwise it’s very clear that you’re outside while piloting the Slingshot – you see, hear and smell everything around you at all times. While modern road cars seek to isolate the driver from the outside world, this trike offers the exact opposite experience. The Slingshot’s Ecotec mill generates 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, and it's more than enough grunt to make the Polaris a thrilling experience when you dip into the throttle – especially since the Exhaust system’s bark is only being filtered from your ears by your helmet. But with all of that power being routed to one contact patch, lighting up the back tire is such an effortless proposition that it occasionally works against the Slingshot. At low speeds in first or second gear, dipping halfway into the throttle is all that’s really required to send the rear tire into a frenzy. The Slingshot includes defeatable traction control as standard but its threshold is fairly high, as the rear tires will still happily spin into smoke whenever horsepower outmatches grip regardless of whether or not traction control is enabled. The SL model seen here includes larger wheels and tires versus the base model, along with a windshield and an audio system with a 4.3-inch color screen that also provides backup camera functionality, and it rings up a total of about $25,000. http://www.windingroad.com/articles/news/wr-tv-2016-polaris-slingshot-sl/ Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com and http://www.windingroadracing.com Our Racing Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WindingRoadRacing Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you'll feel like you're actually sitting in the driver's seat. We upload new videos every week that give quick insight into what our weekly test cars look, feel, and sound like when they're being driven joyfully. If you haven't already, subscribe! Our videos will always be free to watch, but if you're feeling extra generous you can support our video efforts on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/windingroad Who we are: Winding Road Media presents automotive and racing products and information to car enthusiasts. http://www.windingroadracing.com offers products and services for car enthusiasts and racers. Winding Road Magazine is a free weekly online magazine written for the car enthusiast, with an intelligent, entertaining perspective. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-Road/18921012131 Camera Equipment we use: Nikon D600 + 24-120mm f/4 VR II GoPro HERO4 Black Audio - Zoom H2n + Roland CS-10EM in-ear binaural microphones





2015 Volkswagen GTI Performance Package (DSG) - WR TV POV City Drive
Read our thoughts on the 2015 Volkswagen GTI here: http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/driven-2015-vw-golf-gti/ 2015 Golf GTI Autobahn w/Performance Package Exterior: Tornado Red Interior: Titan Black Leather MSRP: $30,695 Price as tested: $34,005 Engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 Output: 220hp, 258lb-ft (equipped with the Performance Package) 0-60mph: 6.5 seconds (estimated) Curb weight: 3031 pounds Fuel economy: 25 city / 34 highway On sale: Now The performance package includes larger brakes, an electronically controlled limited slip differential, and the addition of 10 horsepower. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com and http://www.windingroadracing.com Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you'll feel like you're actually sitting in the driver's seat. We upload new videos every week that give quick insight into what our weekly test cars look, feel, and sound like when they're being driven joyfully. If you haven't already, subscribe. Winding Road Media presents automotive and racing products and information to car enthusiasts. http://www.windingroadracing.com offers products and services for car enthusiasts and racers. Winding Road Magazine is a free weekly online magazine written for the car enthusiast, with an intelligent, entertaining perspective. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-Road/18921012131 Our Racing Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WindingRoadRacing





2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (Manual) - WR TV POV Canyon Drive
Some days at work are better than others. Yearning for more seat time after our stint with the 707hp muscle car in Portland back in July, we happily accepted the red key at an event held where Kanan Road meets Mulholland Highway in the lovely hills of Malibu and headed out to the twisting stretches of picturesque road in this supercharged bruiser – here equipped with the Viper-derived six-speed manual transmission – with the Pacific Ocean as our backdrop. Some days, indeed. Unlike our street drive on the back roads around Portland, this time around the roads were virtually devoid of traffic, giving the Hellcat a chance to properly stretch its legs and allowing us to evaluate its 0-60 mph and 60-0 mph manners, along with its handling behaviors on the undulating pavement of Mulholland Highway and the demanding corners found throughout. http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/wr-tv-2015-dodge-challenger-srt -hellcat-pov-canyon-drive/ 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Price: $59,995 (base), $65,265 Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Output: 707hp / 650lb-ft 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds On Sale: August 2014 Read our thoughts on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat here: http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/driven-2015-dodge-challenger-sr t-hellcat/ Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you'll feel like you're actually sitting in the driver's seat. We upload new videos every week that give quick insight into what our weekly test cars look, feel, and sound like when they're being driven joyfully. If you haven't already, subscribe. Winding Road Media presents automotive and racing products and information to car enthusiasts. http://www.windingroadracing.com offers products and services for car enthusiasts and racers. Winding Road Magazine is a free weekly online magazine written for the car enthusiast, with an intelligent, entertaining perspective. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-Road/18921012131 Our Racing Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WindingRoadRacing





2015 Volkswagen Golf R - WR TV POV City Drive
Read our thoughts on the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R here: http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/driven-2015-volkswagen-golf-r/ Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you'll feel like you're actually sitting in the driver's seat. 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Price: $37,415 (as tested, with destination) Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injected I4 Output: 290 HP/ 280 LB-FT Weight: 3280 lbs (est.) 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds On sale: Now We upload new videos every week that give quick insight into what our weekly test cars look, feel, and sound like when they're being driven joyfully. If you haven't already, subscribe! Our videos will always be free to watch, but if you're feeling extra generous you can support our video efforts on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/windingroad Who we are: Winding Road Media presents automotive and racing products and information to car enthusiasts. http://www.windingroadracing.com offers products and services for car enthusiasts and racers. Winding Road Magazine is a free weekly online magazine written for the car enthusiast, with an intelligent, entertaining perspective. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-Road/18921012131 Our Racing Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WindingRoadRacing




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