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Old 10-20-2008, 02:29 AM   #1
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Autoweek Article

AutoWeek Magazine
Cranking up the heat: VW prepares to unleash its hottest Golf GTI yet
By GREG KABLE
Volkswagen Golf GTI
VW Golf GTI

The sixth-generation model, set for a debut at the upcoming Paris motor show, closely follows the formula established by the outgoing fifth generation. It runs a transversely mounted, turbo-charged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that channels its power to the front wheels via either a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed double-clutch gearbox.

With the adoption of a new powerplant engineered by VW subsidiary Audi, output increases by 10 hp, to 210 hp, while torque remains 206 lb-ft.

Suspension continues with a MacPherson-strut front and a compact multilink rear setup but now includes a new electronic differential configured to minimize torque steer. The system is incorporated into the Golf GTI's electronic-stability program, providing individual braking to the front wheels when sensors detect a loss of traction.

The ground-hugging stance comes from unique suspension tuning and adaptive damping, the latter a first for the GTI. It provides three levels of damper stiffness--normal, comfort and sport--while also altering the throttle mapping and the level of electronic assistance for the electromechanical steering system. This all should allow the new Golf GTI to continue to tread the line between everyday hatchback and back-road rally racer.

Official acceleration numbers hint at high levels of straight-line performance, with VW claiming the same 0-to-62-mph time as the old Golf GTI's 7.2 seconds in six-speed manual guise and top speed rising from 146 mph to 149 mph. At the same time, with a combined average of 31 mpg, fuel efficiency is up by more than 2 mpg.

In keeping with tradition, the 2010 Golf GTI will be available in three- or five-door hatchback form. North American sales start in October 2009, about six months after the first European deliveries.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:06 AM   #2
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Nice article
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:22 PM   #3
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nicee so its almost 100% sure its coming out in oct.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:23 PM   #4
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I cannot wait till October. I am so damn tempted to get the mkv but I know I'll be kicking myself come oct if I do....
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:38 PM   #5
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so basically, if you want an MKV, you will have to take whatever is on-hand at your local dealership?
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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I don't know if thats the case in the states but i would guess so. As in the UK we cannot factory order a new mk5 since about a month or more back we only have the choice of whats in stock in the country.
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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With having all the building factories of the MK5 located in and around Germany and they all stopped production of the MK5 to start with the MK6 so I guess you really have to settle for one that's already at the dealers.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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If i read the article right the Golf VI GTi comes in April in Europe on the road.
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That's indeed what the article says
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:01 AM   #10
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i hope so, can't wait to buy one.......

i really like the scirocco more, but, with 2 kids and 2 doors it's better nog to buy it, and the "old" GTi dashboard in the Scirocco is a minor dissapointment.
my opinion; a new car must have en brand new dashboard........

so the GTi it's gonne'be
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:15 AM   #11
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Totally understandable. I'm considering to get the R-GTI if they are going to make it.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:31 AM   #12
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I cannot wait till October. I am so damn tempted to get the mkv but I know I'll be kicking myself come oct if I do....
Dude, you're not alone.... That's how I'm feeling right now.... Patience will pay off for both of us
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