Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen Golf VII GTI

We’ve already captured the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf during some of its testing a few months ago, but now we have finally been able to catch the GTI version during its turn on the Nurburgring.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI has been built on the company’s new MQB platform. Compared to the current GTI, the next generation will be longer and lower, but its design will pretty much remain the same. The prototype seen in these images are covered in camouflage, but through the gaps of the coverings we can see that it has received real front lights and door mounted mirrors (the current Golf GTI’s mirrors are mounted at the side window).

Under the hood, there is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will deliver up to 260 HP - an increase of 60 HP over the current generation (if the current rumors turn out to be true).

Expect to see the new Volkswagen Golf GTI launched sometime in 2013, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

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CFC StylingStation, based in Neuss, Germany, has once again offered a tuning package for the Volkswagen Golf VI GTI . The once vinyl body specialists branched out in 2010 and tried their tuning skills on the 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI , and now they’ve outdone themselves with the 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI package. They call the finished product the Leitgolf. For 22,900 Euro, or about $30,000 USD, CFC StylingStation will not only upgrade the performance, but will also totally change the look of your 2012 Golf GTI.

After adding a Kerscher front bumper and widening the fenders by 2.5 cm, CFC gets to their area of expertise and wraps the body with matte grey vinyl. The Leitgolf’s roof gets high gloss carbon fiber vinyl, while the emblems, passenger’s side front fender, fuel door, and the inner part of the front bumper grille get covered with an awesome looking comic book style collage that CFC calls "Sticker Bombing." Vinyl lettering on the rear passenger glass simply reads "I Love Haters." CFC then adds a carbon fiber kit that includes a front lip spoiler, side sills, mirror caps, rear diffuser, and an engine cover.

Hit the jump for more details on the Volkswagen Golf VI GTI "Leitgolf" by CFC StylingStation.

It’s been a rough winter in almost all parts of Europe, but if anyone se the guts to go out in weather like this then Volkswagen has a little something for them. The company has created a tool to provide some of the best sledding experiences anyone has ever had. Their new toy is a snow sled called the GTI Crazy Bob and with a name like that, it’s bound to be fun.

Crazy Bob is a hot sled, in the truest sense of the word. It was built in the GTI style with high quality, cold-resistant plastic and features ergonomically shaped front and rear footrests. Both sides are worked to offer the highest security and special runners provide excellent glide and tracking. Due to its light weight, the Crazy Bob is easy to carry on your shoulder.

The Crazy Bob can be had for 64,90 €, or about $85 at the current exchange rates. If this is too much, Volkswagen is also offering another traditional wooden sled that is priced at $65.

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Sometimes, the whole of a car is greater than the sum of the parts. Such is the case with the 2011 Volkswagen GTI. On paper, the GTI looks fairly unremarkable. The starting price is just over $24,000 for a three-door, or just over $25,000 for a five-door, which makes it slightly more expensive than its closest rival, the five-door Mazdaspeed3 . Worse, it gives up a significant amount of horsepower to the Mazda: the GTI makes 200 horsepower from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, while the Mazda cranks out some 263 horsepower from its 2.3-liter turbo four. If you’re looking for performance and handling, it looks to be an open and shut case for the Mazdaspeed3.

Or is it? Life doesn’t consist of an endless series of mountain roads and racetracks, and even if you hit the track every weekend, chances are that you still drive there on boring public roads. On the road, the GTI’s ride is more refined than the Mazdaspeed’s, and the Mazda’s ever-present (and occasionally puckering) torque steer is absent from the GTI. Sure, it’s not as quick as the Mazda, but the difference is less than you might expect. Volkswagen is very conservative in rating the GTI’s power, and owners who dyno their cars often find that the GTI produces about 215 horsepower at the wheels on 93 octane gas. It weighs about 240 pounds less than the Mazda, too, so the real-world advantage of the Mazda in 0 to 60 times is only a few tenths of a second.

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?

Follow the jump for the full story.

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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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