The Road Ahead : April May 2009
ROAD TEST MOTORING starter’s orders Volkswagen and MINI play the name game with their exclusive hot hatches, the Golf GTI Pirelli and John Cooper Works. STORY BARRY GREEN | PHOTOS MARK HORSBURGH STARTERS: MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS, VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI PIRELLI TESTERS: BARRY GREEN, JOHN EWING, GREG MCMANUS, GERARD MCCONKEY MAKES YOUR DAY APR/MAY 2009 THE ROAD AHEAD 59 For many, the allure of ‘pocket rockets’ such as these is the ‘look-fast’ factor and here both come licensed to thrill. The VW boasts 225/40 Pirelli P Zero tyres and 18 inch alloy wheels, a body kit, alloy sports pedals, upgraded seats with funky, simulated Pirelli tread pattern, along with signature badging and lettering. The MINI also comes with signature badging and other goodies such as alloy sports pedals, cross-drilled brake discs, 205/45R17 Dunlop sports tyres on alloy wheels and an aero wing and rear diffuser. A little more than $1300 separates the cheaper three-door Pirelli (there is a five- door) from the JCW. In terms of depreciation, Glass’s Guide has the pair nearly identical. Overall running costs (insurance, servicing to 75,000 km, standard basket of consumable parts) also favour the MINI, by around $300. MINI’s three year/unlimited km warranty shades VW’s three year/100,000 km offering.
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