Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI

Yet even more proof that anniversary-edition models have become a big thing in the industry. We’re not sure that a lot of people know this so we’re going to announce it for everyone’s information: the Volkswagen Golf GTI is turning 35 years old. While we’re more than happy to throw some jade the Golf GTI’s way, we’re going to err on the prudent side and let the folks over at GT135.com give the VW sports hatch an anniversary present it deserves.

The people behind GT135.com recently commissioned German tuning firm Wunschel Sport to build a special edition anniversary model for the sixth generation Golf GTI that features a steady amount of aerodynamic and performance upgrades.

Wunschel Sport first lowered the Golf GTI’s suspension by 25mm before painting it with an exclusive titanium finish. The car’s flashy exterior is accentuated by a ‘starting number’ sticker design with the number 35 prominently shown and the words ‘Years of Thunder’ on top of it and ‘GTI 1976-2011’ on the bottom. This sticker design can be found on the hood, doors, and liftgate of the car, celebrating the number of years the model has been in existence. Rounding out the aesthetic upgrades is a set of 19” OZ Racing Quaranta alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires.

Under its hood, Wunschel Sport gave a few tweaks of the sports hatch’s ECU, remapping it to improve the Golf GTI’s performance numbers. As a result of the ECU remapping, the car’s output jumps from 210 horsepower and 206 lb/ft of torque to 260 horsepower and 265 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph.

Not a bad 35th anniversary model for the Volkswagen Golf GTI, if we do say so ourselves!

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

Love the feeling of your hair blowing in the breeze as you cruise down the long, straight road jamming to your favorite band? Yeah, so do we. That’s why we were happy to hear that our friends over at Consumer Reports have conducted another monthly road test and this time they have decided to test convertibles and sporty vehicles. The convertibles category consisted of the all wheel drive Audi A5 , the sporty Infiniti G37 , the more refined Lexus IS250 , the smaller, sportier Mini Cooper S and Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring . After their road test, Consumer Reports states they would only recommend the Miata to consumers. Ouch. We can’t say we agree with Reports on this one. I mean the Mazda Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is a nice car, but to say that they would recommend it over the Infiniti G37 Infiniti G37 ? That doesn’t make much sense to us. Granted, it is the cheaper choice although looking like it would cost more than $31,550. Our choice in this category would be the Infiniti G37 if you hadn’t already guessed. It is pricier than the Miata with a price tag starting at $44,350, but worth it when comparing engine capabilities and space. The Infinity G37 has a 3.7L V6 engine producing 325hp while the Miata is a measly 4 cylinder, 2.0L engine producing 170hp. The Infiniti G Infiniti G 37 is also a 4-seater while the Miata is not. The choice seems obvious to us, but, hey, we can’t always agree right?

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Another wonder from Germany that we aren’t privy to just yet is the next generation Volkswagen Golf GTI . While VW enthusiasts overseas have been driving around in the latest hot hatch with its pronounced headlights and curvaceous body. The new GTI should be in U.S. showrooms by next year and you can expect for them to be everywhere else shortly thereafter. It is only fitting that the German suspension manufacturer H&R decided to bring a sixth generation GTI to the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, after all, ever since a team of top secret VW engineers slapped a GTI badge on the original Rabbit the one thing that these cars have become known for is outstanding handling.

H&R Volkswagen GTI Mk.VI at the 2009 SEMA Show

As opposed to some of the more over the top examples of aftermarket influence at this year’s show, H&R has tastefully modified the Golf VI GTI with a set of thin spoked O.Z. Racing rims measuring 20 inches in diameter with a nice little red accent on the lip. Being the suspension specialists they are, H&R virtually eliminated whatever unsightly wheel gap VW gave the car from the factory leaving the new GTI with the perfect stance, all before laying down a pair of German flag inspired side stripes unlike anything you have ever seen before.

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VW Golf GTI VI at the 2009 South Florida International Auto Show

While European drivers have been scooting around in the latest generation Volkswagen Golf GTI for a while, we here in the U.S. will have to wait until next year to drive the sleeker sixth generation hot hatch with its slick 17 inch rims and swept back headlamps. The 2010 VW GTI is powered by a 2.0 Liter 16 Valve DOHC TSI gas sipping four banger that makes an even 200 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque that is shifted with a six speed manual transmission. The GTI offers the traditional Rabbit like handling and can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.8 seconds and reach an electronically limited 130 MPH top speed all for under $24,000.

In order to promote the launch of the new Golf GTI on the US market, Volkswagen is offering the model on a mobile device in a free version of the popular Firemint Real Racing game. Most importantly, the users of the Real Racing GTI App in the U.S. can compete for the chance to win one of six, limited-edition 2010 GTIs that are fully-customized inside and out.

Real Racing GTI Game - Volkswagen GTI iPhone game

The free Real Racing GTI App is available worldwide and spares no detail, allowing players to experience every thrilling aspect of the all-new 2010 GTI right in the palms of their hands on iPhone and iPod touch. From the redesigned exterior with more aggressive headlights and the famous red-striped grille, to the sporty interior with a race-inspired steering wheel, the all-new 2010 GTI races its way to life on the screen for a thrilling gaming experience.

So, so at www.vw.com/RealRacingGTI and start having fun!

Press release after the jump.

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The clever PR people over at Volkswagen have come up with another great way to hype up the soon to be sixth generation VW Golf GTI . The website, projectGTI.com, takes you behind closed doors and into the realm of the automotive engineers that are responsible for this super bunny. After a short video demonstration highlighting the best features of the new GTI, it’s worth the wait; you get to pilot a Scalextric version of the VW around the miniature test track. Just for fun, floor it through a tight corner and watch what happens when you run off the track.

Source: GTI Project
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Volkswagen officially showed off the production version of the Golf VI GTI in Geneva last week, and now we know how serious “production-ready” really is. Although the new GTI is not expected to be on sale in Europe until later this spring (fall for the U.S.), we caught these fully-baked cars among the other Golfs at VW’s Wolfsburg factory. There were multiple full production GTIs in three and five-door form at the main Golf factory and VW headquarters in Wolsfburg, Germany.

Orders for the new GTI only started last week . Volkswagen only builds cars when ordered directly by the customer or the dealer, so these early GTIs are likely part of the first batch for dealerships to show off.

This GTI gets a 10 hp improvement over its predecessor. This means the turbo four-cylinder engine now makes 210 hp and top speed is now 148 mph. The engine is mated to either a manual or a DSG (electronically controlled dual-clutch automated manual) transmission.

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Most of you folks haven’t heard about Lexmaul. Well, Lexmaul is a tuning house specialised in customizing German vehicles. The latest work of the tuner is the Golf V GTI tuning kit.

VW Golf V GTI by Lexmaul Tuning

The kit consists in new side sills, re-designed rear bumper with integrated double exhaust system and black painted alloy wheels. The surprise of the tuner is at the engine! Due to the ECU tweaking the engine is capable to develop 248 hp while for the Golf GTI Edition 30 the engine develops 308 hp and 395 Nm pf torque! No words about the price yet!

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Newing, a well respected Japanese tuning company known for the stylish bodykits built especially for Vw cars. Newing unveiled its latest masterpiece baset on the Vw Golf GTI , the GTI RSR. The RSR bodykit consists in a nice set of 20” alloy wheels, carbon front lip, rear roof spoiler, double exhaust system and new suspension kit. Also, the side skirts of the car include side sills built in order to cool the rear brakes. For the interior the tuner choosed new custom sport buckets that add a plus of sportivity to the car. More photos if you click on the picture gallery link below

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Maybe not all of you knew, but 25 years ago the iconic Golf GTI Pirelli edition was launched in the UK. The car feature as you figured Pirelli tyres but especially the ‚P’ alloy wheels. Today it seems that the German manufacturer choosed to rewrite the history by launching the 2008 Vw Golf GTI Pirelli edition in the UK.

The new vehicle features the 2.0-litre FSI engine used on the „standard” GTI but which has been upgraded from 200 to 230hp making possible the sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.2 seconds and the top speed close to 240 km/h. To make the care more stable 18” alloy wheels were added with a set of 225/40 R18 Pirelli P-Zero tyres!

Press release after the jump!

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