Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 by Andrey
Not content with the stock 211 HP that the Volkswagen Golf GTI offers, and also not happy with waiting for the upcoming Golf R to be available on the market, German tuning house MTM (Motoren Technik Mayer) has just revealed a new performance and visual kit for the sixth generation of the Golf GTI.
Through some heavy tinkering and engine upgrades, the team managed to get the new Golf GTI to performance levels equal to the future Golf R, meaning figures around 270 HP and a torque of 400 Nm. The new, electronically limited maximum speed is now 265 km/h, and, according to MTM, the upgrades have in no way reduced the life span of the GTI’s 2-liter engine.
Other modifications include a new Brembo braking system which have eight-piston calipers around 380 mm discs and a new set of MTM Bimoto 19-inch rims, wrapped in Continenatl XL Sportcont tires. Overall, if you are very fond of the GTI and want to increase its performance, then you should really consider this package.
Posted on Oct 3rd, 2008 by Vlad Balan
The Volkswagen stand was really interesting this year in Paris, with two very anticipated debuts, the Volkswagen Golf VI and the GTI version. We’re not going to get into details, we’ve already posted the official info on the Golf VI and the GTI. Besides the mechanical changes and the new features, I’d just like to say that there aren’t any major changes to the exterior (like it was when the fifth generation was introduced. There are, of course, new rear lights (that’s actually the most obvious change) and restyled front lights (we can’t say new, because they look a lot like the ones on the current generation), but that’s it. Nothing has changed to the overall shape of the car. So, we can say that this is basically a facelift. Plus a refreshed interior. We think Volkswagen could’ve done a better work with the sixth Golf. The good news is that the GTI (both 3-doors and 5-doors versions) still looks very aggresive and might do well in the hot-hatch segment.
Sorry about the Golf VI gallery, the photos are quite dark, but Volkswagen didn’t do a great job with their stand’s setup, the cars were quite crowded, so that’s the best we could do. Enjoy!
Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Golf VI at the Paris Motor Show
Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Golf VI GTI at the Paris Motor Show
Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 by Vlad Balan
The new Golf GTI will be powered by the 2.0 liter four cylinder TSI engine from its ‘almost-twin’ brother, the Scirocco, which delivers 207 hp (10 hp more than the current generation). The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is made in 7.2 seconds, the top speed is 148 mph (238 km/h), the combined fuel consumption is 37.6 mpg, and CO2 emissions level is 178 g/km.
The exterior styling features the front red grille, new headlights with individual lamp pods, more subtle side skirts, smoked rear light lenses, new rear diffuser and a pair of chrome tailpipes, plus the distinctive GTI 18-inch wheels finished in milled silver with gloss black inserts. Of course, the interior also became more sporty.
According to VW, the GTI production will start in spring 2009 and UK sales are expected to start in early summer, with prices and specifications announced closer to this date. What I really don’t get is the purpose of this car? I mean, after releasing the Scirocco, why still keep the GTI? Only because it has a long history? They have the same engine, they look almost the same, doesn’t it mean that basically they’re the same car?
Check out more photos after the jump. Read More: “Volkswagen Golf VI GTI officially unveiled”
Posted on Aug 8th, 2008 by Andrey
After the hype that came with the “undercover” release of photos and tehnical details about the new generation VW Golf, rumors have started going around about the high performance models the GTI and R32. According to Autocar, who states personal VW insiders, the new GTI will have 11 more bhp, thus reaching a total of 211, mostly due to the new 2.0 litre engine, enriched with Audi’s variable valve-lift system. Changes about this engine also include a more accessable turbo and an oil cooler, which will help keep the running costs down. On the outside, the GTI will differentiate from the regular mark VI by a distinctive body kit, tailights, a choice of 18 or 19 inch wheels and headlights fitted with Audi-type LED lights.
A major change will consist in the replacement of the old R32, the V6 powering it has been sliced due to the stricter EU regulations. In an effort to satisfy the power-hungry clients, VW will release a new version, called GTI-R which will feature AWD and will be powered by the 2.0 litre TFSI from the Audi S3.
A GTI concept is expected to appear this fall at the Paris Motor Show, and clients will be able to purchase it in spring 2009.