Well, Ive been waiting for ages to see what all the fuss is about with these 106 GTi giant-slayers - over a year now in fact, since I got my 16v. Finally, today, I got the chance.
Found a willing yellow one in Bristol today on the way out to Cribbs Causeway and onto the M5. Lofty and Ben R will know the road!
I had that real flies in tummy feeling as the Pug pulled up next to me at the first set of lights. Ive heard a lot about these cars (and the VTS) being a good match for the 16v. But the reality was a bit of a victory for the old Valver.
I took off slowly at the first set of lights to see if he was going for it - and sure enough he did. Once it was clear he was up for it, I bombed it too. Got ahead of the GTi at the start of 2nd, and carried on making headway. At the next set of lights, where I got a proper start, he was with me until about 30mph. 106 GTis dont seem to have very long gears - more like 35ish to a 16vs 40ish.
He was still going for it as we started leaving Bristol. I was impressed with the speed it was carrying through roundabouts - but I have just fitted some Phase 2 wheels to my 16v with sh*tty tyres (until Lofty sorts me out with some fresh ones). However, my 16v was getting right ahead at low speeds and was positively pulverising it once we got onto the M5 sliproad - I mean a good four to five car lengths by 80mph.
We went our separate ways at the next junction and gave each other the obligatory flash and wave.
I know a little bit of this would be down to the extra power my engine is making, but I still think a standard 16v would have had this 106 fairly easily. I would say personally that it would be about as difficult to shake off as a 323i or one of the new Golf TDi 150bhp jobbies (obviously with different power bands).
I guess it could be different come a B-road though!