VW’s DSG transmissions have been an unqualified success story, with millions of so equipped cars rolling off VAG’s production lines over the last few years. Racingline understands that details really do make a massive difference, and nowhere is this more the case than with the controls of the car – the instruments you physically use to handle driving inputs. With this in mind, Racingline’s latest offering is a beautifully engineered DSG paddle shift replacement kit, one designed to fit the Golf Mk7 in GTI, R and 1.8TSI variants.
While there’s nothing technically wrong with the standard controls VW opted to fit, it’s hard to deny that Racingline’s offering, one realised in high grade, CNC-machined billet aluminium, isn’t a far better looking and functioning product. Cool and purposeful to the touch, the all new paddles also sport a subtlety revised design, one intended to make cog-swapping a more involving process. The re-design has seen the Racingline paddles grow in size above and below the steering wheel spokes. It’s a small change, true, yet one that’s been shown to have a profound impact on gear selection, making the process simpler and swifter, especially in tight turns when your hands are fully occupied steering.
As with all Racingline’s upgrades, the quality and attention to detail on the DSG Paddle Replacements is instantly apparent, with one example being the +/- symbols delicately cut out of the top of each blade, plus the laser-etched Racingline logo on the bottom of each blade and the choice of Piano Black or Titanium-Sliver finishes. Fitting the DSG paddle kit is a simple process: with long-nosed pliers, simply pull out the pin from underneath the standard paddle – and the paddle comes away. Position your new Racingline DSG Paddle into place, slide the pin back in fully, and you’re good to go.