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Old 22nd January 2020, 12:25   #2911
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After using my Rapid Ambition MT Petrol - 2012 for almost 7.7 years & 68k km, I replaced it with Rapid Monte Carlo AT Petrol last week.

The overall experience was very good compared to the past.

I was expecting the car to be with Vinyl wrap on roof but surprisingly my car is with the roof painted in Black from factory. This car does not have 4 airbags like Style. It has only two. The Monte Carlo package is fixed by the dealer.

I will update you once I cover some distance in the car.

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Old 22nd January 2020, 14:27   #2912
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After using my Rapid Ambition MT Petrol - 2012 for almost 7.7 years & 68k km, I replaced it with Rapid Monte Carlo AT Petrol last week.:
Congratulations! Germans look the best in white. Can you please share the deal you got for Monte Carlo? Kind of discounts being offered in January.
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Old 23rd January 2020, 17:50   #2913
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Get the ORVMs wrapped at least; would look nice.
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Keep in mind that the 5th gear is very tractable, allows you to drop all the way to 50 kmph or lesser and the third is very rev happy. So you may exploit the boundaries here. Play around and see what suits your driving style best.
Thanks a lot for clearing things up! Getting the ORVM wrapped as my mom wouldn't notice it. I will post the photos this weekend after changing my horn and wrapping the mirrors.


Hoping to play around and explore a lot with my car in coming days with a 1000 kilometre trip on cards. And for the Wipers, I guess In the pre-facelift car, The wipers should be put into the service position. I read some posts about the same in some threads here as well. For the facelift version, I don't find any difficulty moving the wipers out even without putting in service mode.
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Old 26th January 2020, 19:23   #2914
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After using my Rapid Ambition MT Petrol - 2012 for almost 7.7 years & 68k km, I replaced it with Rapid Monte Carlo AT Petrol last week.
Congratulations for the new ride! If I am not wrong, this one must be the last Petrol AT Monte Carlo in Pune. Could you share the final OTR price? Currently only few diesel Rapid's are in Stock. Got to know from a dealer in Pune that few more Rapid TDI were ordered from showroom due to the demand it has seen in the last month.

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After using my Rapid Ambition MT Petrol - 2012 for almost 7.7 years & 68k km, I replaced it with Rapid Monte Carlo AT Petrol last week.

The overall experience was very good compared to the past.

I was expecting the car to be with Vinyl wrap on roof but surprisingly my car is with the roof painted in Black from factory. This car does not have 4 airbags like Style. It has only two. The Monte Carlo package is fixed by the dealer.

I will update you once I cover some distance in the car.

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Oh wow those alloys look amazing! Congrats on the new purchase. You must be one satisfied customer to be investing in the same car twice Here's wishing you many more happy miles!
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Get the ORVMs wrapped at least; would look nice.

Now coming to the point-

1. Now the (petrol) Rapid has a relatively short 4th gear. The 3rd gear carries you to 120 odd kmph and the 5th, obviously more. So you gotta figure out what the situation demands. Most of the time, 4th does the job just fine, but when you really need an extra surge in power only then do you shift down to 3rd, otherwise donít. Iím not sure how challenging it is to drive on SH, because on NH this really isnít a problem.
The dealer suggested regular petrol is fine so I have been filling it with unleaded regular petrol. I happened to visit my regular fuel station with 5km of range left and filled about 20 litres of Xtra premium (91 RON still), man the engine is completely on a different level now. Smooth and power delivery is excellent. Exactly similar to the TD vehicle I drove.
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The dealer suggested regular petrol is fine so I have been filling it with unleaded regular petrol. I happened to visit my regular fuel station with 5km of range left and filled about 20 litres of Xtra premium (91 RON still), man the engine is completely on a different level now. Smooth and power delivery is excellent. Exactly similar to the TD vehicle I drove.
We fill in Shell mostly and there's a notable variation in the smoothness than other petrol, especially when using the "performance" fuel.

Just filled the tank today and found we've been getting 14 kmpl since the last top-up. Slightly better since we have been driving a bit more sedately. Have seen better figures though.

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Dealer is offering Monte Carlo diesel dsg for 13 otr. I am not sure about the offer as he just has one car in stock that to white which i don't like. Appallingly MC comes with only 2 airbags instead of 4 of Style!
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So now we have a Rapid Rider Diesel to clear stocks? Just saw this ad on facebook. Cannot verify how genuine it is.
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Well, I have clocked 5200 in about 110 days since I got my car. I bought the petrol since I thought I won't be driving around so much, but I don't regret it though as the vehicle is parked all times safely on weekdays. The city highway driven ratio so far would be 45:55. The experience is fantastic and the car hasn't let me down so far. I have toured many parts of Palakkad, Athirapally falls, Halfway to Valparai, Pollachi, Pazhani etc. It's surprising living close to Ooty, I haven't visited Ooty yet for a cup of tea. Hopefully, I visit soon.

Behind Mazhampuzha catchment a week before under burning sun,
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Back from Valparai overlooking Aliyar Dam,
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Initially, It took time for me to adjust as I drove small cars only before. Thanks to TheHelix0202 who helped me to get used to the car. Every time I take the park my car back, It still leaves me with the feeling of wanting to drive the car forever. I miss the solid "thud" when closing the door whenever I take a taxi. I often drive in the narrow and poor village roads and I never heard any rattles or whatsoever. I got few very light scratches with bushes rubbing against the bushes but it's barely visible to camera or eye. I just can't delay ceramic coating anymore.


The car corners beautifully and clings to ground all the time. I rarely had any wheelspin except I floored a few times when leaving the toll frustrated. The drives mostly sedate enjoying the car. Although I enjoyed a few drives hard on the A pedal mostly on the Chengapalli - Neelambur of NH544 which was also on the news recently with a Horrific accident involving KSRTC Volvo bus. I was literally shaken due to the accident and since then I have maintained a maximum speed of 85kmph on the route. The wet road performance is brilliant even with the stock Appollo tyres if not driven in an aggressive manner. The brakes are so good that the cars I drove previously cannot even match it.

At my brothers' college,
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The passengers always felt comfortable in the car and never complained about the lack of space in the rear. They enjoyed the Audio and was shocked when I mention it's the stock system they are listening to. The audio quality can be attributed little to Apple music via Carplay. The boot space has been adequate for most of the uses and never faced any difficulties with it. Although many people including dad's friends suggested I should have gone for Honda City petrol blindly, I have no regrets over the city and can laugh at the build quality. Imagine driving at the village roads, pretty sure there will be some rattles. The underbody has taken a three-four light hits when it's laden which didn't damage anything.

At my favourite hangout place, FSD @walayar on Salem - Cochin highway.
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I visit this place specifically to click some photos there. This place has some good restrooms for those highway stops.

The fuel economy is not bad for a big 1.6L engine as I drive with 5 people most of the times and I get a consistent 14.5-15.5kmpl. The last 350km trip last week to Salem, I got around 17kmpl driven at consistent 90-100kmph. The Highest was around 19.5kmpl when I drove alone for 30km at 3 am. The engine is little noisier in higher RPM's but it's got little sporty note as well. Driving at 90-100kmph is the sweet spot without any noise seeping inside.

Positives so far,
  • brakes
  • corner handling
  • Solid build quality
  • Paint quality
  • Seats that hold me in place

Things that would make my drives even better,
  • good headlamps(Planning on the OSRAM ones)
  • A good horn(Soon to change)
  • AC(dad feels so when sitting in the back, I don't feel so. It's always at 21-23degrees)

Overall, it's been a fantastic pleasure driving this machine.
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So now we have a Rapid Rider Diesel to clear stocks? Just saw this ad on facebook. Cannot verify how genuine it is.
Correct but all stock sold out in BLR at least. OTR came to a superb <10L even with BLR taxes. Colour available was only white - also very under-equipped.
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Overall, it's been a fantastic pleasure driving this machine.
True words! Happy to see your Silver Dart - if I may call it that - being enjoyed so. v

About the headlamps, we got a pair of Philips RacingVision, which are a brighter shade of yellow; they do the job just fine, though the lack of projector lens is conspicuous only by their absence.
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True words! Happy to see your Silver Dart - if I may call it that - being enjoyed so. v
I haven't named this machine yet, But Silver Dart sounds great. Thanks for the name and I can officially call it Silver dart from now on!
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Dear fellow Rapid owners and enthusiasts, I've just completed writing an initial ownership review of my 2019 Rapid DSG and also I connected with a vector artist Akshay from Delhi and he made a vector art of my car, which I would like to share-


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Work in Process


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I'm also looking forward for getting a T-shirt




Link to the ownership review-
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-...iesel-dsg.html (My Skoda Rapid 1.5L Diesel DSG)


Link to the Vector Art thread-
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shift...strations.html (Automotive Vector Art & Illustrations)
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