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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Hofele, the innovative company in the product-range of car-accessories especially for German manufacturers like Audi and VW, recently unveiled the Hofele-Design-Edition kit for the Golf GTI .
Using only high-tech accessories and super light materials developed in order to define the elegance of the Hofele Brand the Golf GTI kit features a front bumper with 2 big air intakes, sideskirts fitted as well with two air intakes, but also a rear apron to use with sports muffler.
To increase the power of the vehicle Hofele also used 4 tube sports muffler. Featuring four oval tail pipes the exhaust system is suitable for the well-known 2.0 FSI Turbo engine but, according to the manufacture, this is possible only mounted in combination with the rear apron.
The staff at US motoring magazine “Car and Driver” (January 2008 issue) have chosen the Golf GTI as one of the “2008 10Best Cars”. The GTI had already made a return to this list last year — following an absence of 21 years — and has now successfully defended its place in 2008.