• Sep 22, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen's high-performance plans for the new Golf will spawn three new models, beginning with the new 210 hp GTI set to debut in Paris and go on sale in the middle of 2009. According to Automotive News, the Mk. VI GTI will sprint to 60 in a tick above seven seconds and hit a top speed of around 150 mph.

A performance-oriented diesel Golf, dubbed the GTD, will hit the market in April, putting out around 170 hp from its common-rail diesel, while a range-topping R model, available through Volkswagen Individual, will be churn out 270 hp, send power to all four wheels and will be equipped with an aero package that includes a "black gleaming diffuser." Sales of the R version will begin in November of 2009.


[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      They have to be EU dates, otherwise they would not go through the trouble of unveiling it in Paris. That would mean the GTI-R probably won't be here until 2010.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow those rims are beautiful
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm 99% sure that those are not the wheels the GTI will receive. These shots are just of the Golf VI, not the GTI. They are of the same car we saw a few weeks back.

        This story is just about the powertrain for the GTI and GTD and the next .:R. There is nothing about the styling, especially in the accompanying photos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those rims look like what's over after some other company made some better looking wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Mk3 GTI VR6 had 172hp and did 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. Makes you wonder how heavy the new car is if info given by Automotive News is accurate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear lawd these rims are hurting me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What good is the Golf VI R if it'll cost more than the Nissan GTR and be twice as slow and brake four times as much?

      Stupid who ever buys it.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, if someone were to pay that for this car, then it would be about as dumb as your comment.

        Since no one will, we just have your comment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        By "more than the GT-R" you mean "a third of the market price" right? -- GT-R's retail for mid 70s to 80s, but every dealer I've heard of has marked the price up to the 90s or 100s.

        You can pick up a new R32 for 28k if you can find one anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's so cute how VW keeps trying to chase Subaru's WRX. Take a VW coupe, add AWD & add $10K to the price, add weight, and end up with a car that is slower, heavier, and more expensive than a WRX. I'm leaving out subjective factors such as the VW's ugliness and it's uninspired handling & lethargic response.

      Other than that, strong work, VW! No wonder you guys are suffering...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I really don't think they have ever wanted to "chase Subaru's WRX".

        Let's examine that statement for a moment. The WRX had(in '04 when the R32 first came out) a 2.0L turbo engine putting out 227hp and was a 4-door sedan.

        The R32 was a 2dr hatchback(in the US anyhow) with a 240hp 3.2L VR6. Not much similarity there.

        If they were looking to be more like the WRX, why not give it the 225hp 1.8T from the Audi TT? They took the 3.2L from the TT. Or put that powertrain into a more WRX-like Jetta body?

        Sure, most people compared the R32 to the WRX(really the STi and Evo), but it was never meant to directly compete with eany of them, it just happened to be the most similar to them. Most magazines and such realized that and praised the R32 on its more refined character, better driveability and comfort compared to the other two despite being slower.

        Plus, it seems Subaru has been the one to follow VW and now has hatchback versions of the WRX and STi. VW did start the hot hatch idea some 30yrs ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as I know, the R will have a slightly-detuned version of the Passat's 3.6 FSI thats rated at 280hp.

      Why else would they drop the "32" from the monkier?
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW had wanted to put the 3.6L engine into the MkV R since the 3.2L is slowly being replaced by the 3.6L. The TT, A3 and the current R32 are the only vehicles I think that still use it.

        But, they weren't able to get the engine to fit into the MkV Golf's engine bay. The 3.6L is not just a bore and stroke of the 3.2L to get the increased displacement. It's a whole new engine design with a narrower Vee making it a taller engine than the 3.2L. It might also be a bit longer as well since I had read of issues with fitting the transmission as well. So, since the Mk6 is just a refresh of the Mk5, expect the same reasoning to keep the 3.6L out of the Mk6 R as well.

        Not to mention the fact that the Mk4 and Mk5 R32's shared their powertrain with the TT, so it makes sense that the Mk6 would share its with the TT as well and the TT does not use the 3.6L VR6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The R version will be a good challenger for the coming Megane III RS (280 hp, 2WD though). Can't wait to see them battling!
      • 6 Years Ago
      For those complaining about the weight (of all new vehicles, not just VW's) keep in mind that every year more manditory safety requirements get slapped on the automakers (In the EU you have the Pedestrian safety laws, which will lead to airbags on the OUTSIDE) and in the US Traction Control becomes standard in '11). And safety gear is not usually light in nature. This is compounded by the fact that as the automakers go global with their platforms, each platform has to be designed to meet the individual safety regulations of each country (IE, even though USA doens't have the European pedestrian safety requirements, we get them by default so the auto makeers don't have to make two seperate (and expensive) platforms.

      All of this add's up to weight and a lot less freedom for designers. Are you wondering by cars are getting more bulbous? Thank the Euro pedestrian safety laws and the requirement that people bounce off of a car in a certain way.

      At the end of the day, expect cars to be heavier with every iteration until the technology to make them lighter (carbon fiber, high-tensile hybrid steel, etc) gets a whole lot cheaper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "A performance-oriented diesel Golf, dubbed the GTD"

      Now that's what I've been waiting for!!!

      Let's all hope that VWoA thinks clearly enough for a few minutes to greenlight this for the US market.

      Reviews for the last gen from Aussie buyers were pretty good. It might keep me from getting a 6 speed manual Subie diesel in the next year or two (whenever they make it stateside).
      • 6 Years Ago
      "According to Automotive News, the Mk. VI GTI will sprint to 60 in a tick above seven seconds and hit a top speed of around 150 mph."

      My MKIV GTI with a VR6 is faster than that with less horsepower. How heavy is that car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Simple, VW is always very conservative with their 0-60 numbers on their cars. Magazine tests and real-world numbers are much quicker than what VW claims.

        For instance, I thought I recalled VW claiming that the Mk4 GTI(VR6) would do 0-60 in about 7.5sec. In the real-world, the numbers are closer to 6.5sec.

        Additonally, the Mk5 GTI will do 0-60 in the low 6sec range even though VW claims around 7sec.(7.2s for the manual and 6.9sec for the DSG).

        Bottom line, the MkVI GTI is just a refresh of the MkV and will only have 10hp more. It's not going to be dramatically faster or slower than the current model.

        Don't get too worked up over VW's claims, they are always conservative.

        • 6 Years Ago
        HEAVY! Each successive generation of the GTI/Golf/Rabbit has become a weight pig. But then again, you can accuse every other manufacturer of doing the exact same thing. More weight? No problem, we'll put in a bigger engine. Wait, says the chassis department, it has more power! Let's increase the size and weight of the car. Chicken and egg engineering.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW has a tendency to over estimate 0-60 times. The MK V GTI was rated by VW for 7.2 seconds and I believe Automobile magazine as well as others pulled 0-60 in the low 6 second range.
      This is a very similar (if not identical) platform to the MK V, and I'd be surprised if the new ones gain more than 50 lbs over the last generation...
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