Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

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    Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line [video]


    A lot of folks have a big problem with the $30,000 base price (after $7500 incentive) of the Chevy Bolt when compared to ICE cars of the same class. I’d argue that comparing a Chevy Bolt to $20,000 Honda Fit or Ford Fiesta or Volkswagon Golf or even Chevy’s own Cruze hatchback isn’t fair. After all, the Bolt has 200 electrified horses under the hood with torque to match and at the very least, the Bolt should be compared with more expensive “hot hatch” versions of those cars which usually run about $10,000 over their base counterparts.
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    The Bolt clearly beat the $26,600 – $33,000 GTI in at least 2 of the 3 races (the 3rd was a dead heat after a curious start) in this clearly unscientific race at TheFastLAneCar.com. The Bolt sits higher but has comparable horsepower and torque compared to the GTI so that leaves the electric drivetrain as the winner.
    More at: https://electrek.co/2017/06/26/chevy-bolt-gti-drag/
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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Ok it won the 1/4 BUT lets open up the rest of the track and see how much FUN the Bolt is as the "hot hatch" / GTI are known for the "FUN" factor over headline beating 1/4 mile times
    or even run a "Texas mile" with them and I think the GTI will pull up or even PASS the Bolt

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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Bolt hole-shotted th' Dub. That is, it started first. And for lord's sake, if you're going to do An Official Video, at least go spring for a $10 checkered flag for Starter Dood.

    And a car length down a quarter does NOT make something "The King." richmond 'splains this.^^

    Elvis is the King. These other guys, they're just cars.

    There's more to the carnut life than a couple of dawgs getting their faces on camera for a few minutes.
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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    Ok it won the 1/4 BUT lets open up the rest of the track and see how much FUN the Bolt is as the "hot hatch" / GTI are known for the "FUN" factor over headline beating 1/4 mile times
    or even run a "Texas mile" with them and I think the GTI will pull up or even PASS the Bolt
    0-60 times are what catches peoples attention. Look at Tesla, they do terrible on a road coarse and are typically eating the dust of a good hot hatch when on a road course, but straight line they are blindingly fast and that's what people brag about. How many people drive on the Texas mile? How many people merge onto a fast moving freeway? Sure...the GTi handles great and they are fun cars, I've driven a handful of them. I think this video is more about how far electric cars have come, and even the entry level EV's are sporty and capable, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. They will only get better as the OEM's devote more R&D/Development $$$ into them. Combustion cars will eventually be replaced, its just a matter of time. Don't get me wrong, I love my fossil fuel burning cars, they just sound awesome! Gotta love the smell of race gas, and a thumpity thump thump cam!

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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    [QUOTE=Neanderthal;6801938]Bolt hole

    Even on the second race, when the Dub got out of the hole first, the Bolt caught up to it and just about pulled even.

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    [QUOTE=61BelAir;6801978]
    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    Bolt hole

    Even on the second race, when the Dub got out of the hole first, the Bolt caught up to it and just about pulled even.
    Electric motors have maximum torque starting at 1 rpm. Huge advantage.

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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Ha! Ironic that Electrek finally writes a positive article about the Bolt and the folks on the GM "fan site" are tripping over each other to argue against it.
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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Motor Trend recorded the Bolt at 6.3 seconds in the 0-60 run. Question: how quick do you think the Bolt would be if it had traditional tires with some traction? I bet it could run to 60 in 6 seconds flat. Is that about right?
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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Glad the Bolt can carry the water in acceleration, and enjoy watching it spank the VW. However, anyone with enthusiast credentials knows that there is much more to a hot hatch than 0-60 times. Much more. Just because these 2 db's want hits doesn't make things any different. It's silly to place the Bolt into contention against the VW in this category, when it's not what the Bolt was meant to be or do. As posted earlier in this thread, once past the straight, the VW earns its hot hatch stripes, and the Bolt doesn't. That does not diminish the Bolt, it simply means it wasn't designed or meant for hot hatch duty.

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    Go Bolt Go. Well... at least these two guys have their five minutes of fame here.

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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Quote Originally Posted by 61BelAir View Post
    Combustion cars will be replaced, it's just a matter of time.
    When I owned a house, I had a bunch of gas powered lawn equipment at one time.
    Everything but the mower and snow blower got replaced with cordless electrics.
    So much less hassle... just push a button and they go.

    I live in a condo now, so I have no need for lawn equipment.
    But if I still had a house, the gas mower and snow blower would be gone as well.
    Cordless ones have now improved enough to replace them, too.
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    Re: Chevy Bolt is the new Hot Hatch king as it destroys VW Golf GTI off the line

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    Ok it won the 1/4 BUT lets open up the rest of the track and see how much FUN the Bolt is as the "hot hatch" / GTI are known for the "FUN" factor over headline beating 1/4 mile times
    or even run a "Texas mile" with them and I think the GTI will pull up or even PASS the Bolt
    To get maximum speed from EV's they might need to install some sort of 3 speed transmissions..

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