• Nov 7th 2007 at 7:02PM
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The current VW GTI is garnering lots of praise in the motoring press, but it's never too soon to talk about the next iteration. Based on spy photos of the sixth-generation GTI caught testing in Germany, this rendering shows a promising turn in the hot hatch's design. While the basic shape is familiar enough, the front end shows off design cues lifted straight off the GTI W12 650 concept that VW showed at this year's Wörthersee show. The lower front intake is split into three parts just like the 650-horsepower monster compact on which it's based, and the grille itself is outlined in red, as well. eGMCarTech also tells us the next Golf/Rabbit and its GTI version will feature design cues from the VW up! concepts currently making the rounds of international motor shows. What will be powering the next GTI is not known, but most expect the 200-horsepower 2.0L turbo to carry over.
[Source: eGMCarTech]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Overpriced, overweight pieces of crap....who in their right mind would pay $29K for a loaded GTI...

      Ah....go to VWVortex and see the numerous douches who would.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope it doesn't look like that.

      Well, actually, I do. Less tempting to trade in my R32 for a Mk VI when it's released.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope VW doesn't get caught up in the horsepower war. They already match or beat some of their closest competitors (Civic Si and Mazda 3 (non-Speed version)). It would be nice to see them improve the fuel-mileage through weight reduction and leave the horsepower to the overclockers (errr, chippers). I think the price is about right given the feature content and quality interiors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda 3 elements in there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was between the current GTI and the Mazdaspeed 3. The GTI really needs a redesign. It just doesn't look ballsy enough. Even the completely tricked out R32 still looks weak to me. I really, really wanted DSG, but I just could not get past the design when compared to the tough looks of the Mazdaspeed 3. Engine-wise the Mazda blows away the 2.0T...there is a big difference in acceleration, and the next 3 is going to have an even bigger 2.5L.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this really the next gen? It still looks too much like the current Golf, it's more of a fascia update and slight rounding off of the front lights. I certainly hope it evolves in a new direction (like concept R, Tiguan, or up! style).
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah 200 just does not cut it at that price range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks good. So no chance it'll look anything like that. I'll have to have one of the current VAG bumper-crossing "beard" grilles.

      People say it is under powered for the price, but perhaps instead of raising the HP, VW is going to lower the price. VW did say they were going to move down market a bit soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.0l TFSI engine is offered in Europe in a range from 200-265hp, in the current GTI the topversion has 230hp (GTI Edition 30), in the Seat Leon Cupra R (cheaper as the GTI) the 2.0l TFSI has 240hp and in the Audi S3 the 2.0l TFSI has 265hp... next step is the Audi TTS which gets a 280-285hp version of the 2.0l TFSI.
      Very unlikely that VW does not increase hp at the next GTI.