New Models - Volkswagen Bora
Brutal Bora adds spice to range
Volkswagen spices up the Bora range with the launch of the rapid V6 4Motion flagship
27 June 2001
VOLKSWAGEN has launched the quickest car it has ever sold here - the Bora V6 4Motion - and it hopes the new "hero car" will spark greater interest in the compact sedan line-up.
DRIVE IMPRESSIONS:THE first impressions one gets of the Bora V6 4Motion is that it looks too understated for a car that offers genuine sports sedan performance.
The visual upgrades - 16-inch alloy wheels, V6 4Motion badging and twin chromed tailpipes - whisper rather than shout out the car's performance potential.
But this impression dwindles slightly once the 2.8-litre V6 is fired up, prompting a pleasing rasp from the tailpipes.
Snick the lever in first, stab the throttle and the Bora surprises with its urge. The VW ad men aren't lying, it is "surprisingly quick".
Row up through the gears and you can reach the highway limit in under eight seconds, but perhaps more impressive than its outright performance is the way the 2.8-litre V6 goes about its business. It is turbine-smooth and has ample reserves of low-down grunt.
The engine's flexibility means it is possible to dawdle through traffic in fourth or fifth gear, but the six-speed transmission's precise, well-weighted shift action makes it a rather pleasurable exercise to change gears just for the hell of it.
Hurling the car through twisty bits is an equally rewarding experience, the chassis responding faithfully to inputs via the communicative rack-and-pinion steering. Turn-in is sharp and grip levels are impressive, with no real trace of understeer.
The car sits nice and flat even when pushed and - happily - ride quality is also beyond reproach.
But there is noticeable tyre roar over coarse surfaces, which mars overall refinement levels.
There was also an assortment of rattles emanating from the interior despite VW adopting the band-aid measure of using tissue paper to line the glovebox of cars used for the media launch.
Overall, the V6 4Motion is an accomplished package that will please enthusiastic drivers. The only real drawback is a lack of rear-seat head and legroom, which limits its practicality as a family sedan.
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