Volkswagen Virtus GT: Long Term Update – 21,877km

Abhay Verma
The itch to go sideways is perennial…

And the Volkswagen Virtus is a car that’s ever willing to wag its tail! Volkswagens have always been some of the sportiest cars to go on sale in the country, at least as far as mass market segments are concerned. And the Virtus, developed specifically for our country and other emerging markets, follows the trend to the proverbial ‘T’.

I’ve got to admit, its brilliant handling and overall dynamics are what has been one of the biggest reasons behind me pulling rank and keeping the car with me – pretty much right from the time it joined the TURBOCHARGED fleet! The car feels supremely confident in every possible condition and dare I say, the Virtus is the sportiest handler in its segment.

The well-weighted steering that’s also high on responsiveness and feedback makes it a driver’s delight besides the well-tuned suspension that offers oodles of confidence even when engaging in some sideways action like you see above, while letting me drive spiritedly around corners and hammer down highways with utmost ease.

Its handling is also why the Virtus has been my choice of wheels for my Pune-Mumbai runs over the past year. Well, admittedly, that’s also because of the 150PS engine and the seven-speed DSG gearbox under the hood! The combination of its kind of performance and handling make for a mix that’s hard to ignore for any petrolhead. That said, I’m also very keen on getting a chance to drive the Virtus race car developed by Volkswagen Motorsport India as it looks killer in photographs with its lowered suspension and race slicks. This sedan is a dream come true for enthusiasts like me for sure!

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