• Aug 7, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the VW Golf VI

In what may be the least shocking news you will read today, Volkswagen will indeed be launching a revised GTI model shortly after its recently revealed sixth-generation Golf (or, Rabbit, as it's known in the U.S.) hits the market. According to Autocar, the next GTI will steer even closer to its original hot hatch mission, with VW reportedly giving the new model a "harder edge" than the current GTI. Underhood, at least in Europe, will be the same 2.0L TFSI engine that powers the base Audi A5, featuring Audi's valvelift technology that helps it offer up 208 hp at 4300 RPM and 258 lb-ft at 1500 RPM. That ought to make for a very spirited, though still relatively frugal ride.

What may be even more interesting news, though, is the replacement for the R32 model. Volkswagen won't be keeping its narrow-angle V6 underhood any longer, instead opting for a high-boost 2.0L with 265 horses and an 'R' moniker. All-wheel drive is also on the menu. Sounds like a bargain Audi TT-S to us, to which we simply say, "yes, please."


[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, looks aren't everything, but in this case it's bad enough that solid handling and more horses can't make up for it. Is there a more uninspired design out there? Maybe the new U.S. Focus, but that puts the Golf in pretty fugly company.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would reserve judgement on the looks of the GTI (this thread is about that car afterall...) until we see actual photos. Recall that the MK5 GTI looks much better than its Golf/Rabbit counterpart.

        I have a feeling the GTI will have a much better front end and hopefully a nice Audi S-Line skirt with pipes on each side of the rear.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mk5 GTI doesn't look appreciably better than its lesser sibling. In fact, put a set of nice wheels and tires on the Rabbit and it's a tossup, IMO. Skirts, spoilers, and the like aren't going to be enough to make the new GTI a looker if the base car is this dull.
      • 6 Years Ago
      tankd0g... Speaking of turbos, I had a turbo 4-cyl. car and hated it. The tepid performance of the base engine was a drag until the turbo kicked in, and then I had to deal with the rush. And if the rpms fell, then it was the same routine all over again for second gear, etc. I swore I'd never own another turbo...unless it was attached to a basically powerful V6 or V8, then turbo-lag wouldn't matter. Problem is, I can't afford a Nissan GTR or similar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Try a 2.0T. There is no turbo lag. It hauls at even 1000 RPM. Most of the newer generation of turbo motors have this almost diesel-like torque profile. The 2.3L in the MS3, the 2.0L in the Cobalt SS, and the 3.0L in the 335i all have more low-end than comparable NA motors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So will they have to rename the R32, "R20"? Doesn't really have the same ring to it but 4wd 2.0L turbo, sort of puts a little more validity in those WRC rumors doesn't it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the two variations to the Golf, but I also love regular fuel. God bless those willing to give up 10 cents a gallon for 30 more HP. I wish I could do it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ditto.

        Just bought an '09 Rabbit (in Canada) with the new Sport Package (includes bi-xenon GTI headlights, GTI wheels and rims, GTI suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter), and look at that, looks like I drive a GTI but only pay for regular, and I'm only short 30 horses.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you can't spend an extra 20c a gallon for premium (or heck, an extra 30c for 93...) then please stick with your kia econobox while the rest of us get back to enjoying our daily drives.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It costs me $45 to fill up the wife's car with regular, and $48 to fill up my car with premium. I don't sweat the $3.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If $.10 per gallon x 12 gallons or $1.20 per fill up is too much for your budget than I dont think you are in any position to be looking at any new car. Even if you fill up a crazy 100 times a year you would still only pay $120 more a year for the premium.

        15000 miles at 4.00 a gallon @ 25mpg = $2,400
        15000 miles at 4.10 a gallon @ 25mpg = $2,460

        That $60 is going to hurt. A K&N airfilter costs almost as much and only gives 5hp.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @zane I have the same problem with my '90 Miata (192k). I wonder if its just because its a relatively high performance engine that somehow lasts long enough to build up huge carbon deposits?
      • 6 Years Ago
      No please. Not with that "smacked squarely in the face with a bat" front end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, the new one is more Golf than Rabbit.

        Better look for the Jetta. worse look for the Golf.

        VW just cant seem to get it right. Gen IV Jetta GLI was the optimum Jetta.

        Current Rabbit is the best look for the Rabbit.

        Scirroco kicks butt.

        then they go and screw it up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the front end. It is far better than the current guppy mouth chrome disaster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about offering a more fuel-efficient Golf than the current base model 2.5L?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definetly gonna miss the VR6 :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else feel the VW Golf is too big and heavy in its recent iterations? Maybe VW are hoping that it will attract buyers "downsizing" their cars, but surely they are losing their original market position?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about too big, but certainly too heavy. The current Rabbit is 3000 lbs. The current GTI is 3100 lbs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait...peak power at 4300 RPM, is this a diesel? I'm confused.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Peak power starts @ 4300rpm, it's 208hp from 4300 to 6000rpm. So you always have 2008hp when you stay between those rpm.
        The current GTI has 200hp from 5100rpm to 6100rpm
      • 6 Years Ago
      The one thing that defines the R models - in the Golf/Rabbit - is the burble of that V6. It really makes a glorious sound and to not have that in the Mk. VI would be a huge disappointment.
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      • 6 Years Ago
      so if they are dropping in the A5's(and also new A4's) 2.0TFSI, that means the Golf VI will be on a longitudal platform, unlike the transverse platform of its predecessors. This means there is possibility of TorSen AWD instead of Haldex AWD, and other Audi engines like the 3.0TDI, 2.0TDI, and every other engine Audi has(save for the A3/TT engines, as those are transverse) could be very easily dropped in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are probably adapting the changes to the 2.0T from the longitudinal platform to the transverse one. The transverse platform is cheaper ... they won't be compromising cost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh, I think the MK V is so much better looking. The front end on the MK VI looks so cheap to me. I love the red accents on the front of the MK V GTI.
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