• Sep 24, 2008
Click above for gallery of Volkswagen Golf GT MkVI

Since the GTI got its groove back with the MkV, fans of the original couple generations rejoiced. We're on the edge of our collective seats waiting for the official release of the MkVI version, and some images have found their way onto the internet tonight. Taking some inspiration from the awesome GTI W12 that attended Wörthersee, the front airdam echoes that car's wide maw. Foglamps are pushed out to the far corners to emphasize width, and out back the tailpipes follow suit. The look is fantastic in the refrigerator white the photo car is wearing; special but understated. Inside, the de rigeur plaid upholstery is in place, and things are spiffed up by metal accents and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Underhood is a 207-hp TFSI engine, and the car comes with an electronic limited-slip differential called XDS and the Scirocco's adaptive chassis. Of course, DSG is available for snapping off quick gearchanges with no fuss. When you've got a good thing, why mess with success? We dig, and it'll be available in Spring, at which point we'll certainly bring you our driving impressions.


[Source: evo via Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, it looks amazing in white. Hard to justify getting a TT or Scirocco over this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was excited to see the new Mk VI Golf, but the GTi is a let down for me. I don't understand why the Mk V (Rabbit) and the Mk VI entry level Golf models look better to me than their counter parts.
      I like how the Mk IV GLi and R32 was simple and smart looking, however the newer models are very boy racer to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It does look significantly different from the Mark V and very different from the Mark IV.

      The V is completely different from the disappointing IV and looks different, too.

      I actually like the Mk. V tail lights, but that's just me. These new ones look like a Toureg's. But they're not ugly, just plain.

      I'm not sure if I like the look better than the MK. V, but it is nice. The cost-cutting is apparent, especially in the interior. But it's still nice. If it performs just as well as the 5th gen. and is as well-made, it'll be a winner.

      Those who say (correctly) that VW doesn't change the look of the Golf/Rabbit/GTI that much are MISSING the point. It's a simple, classic design that seels very well in many forms all over the world. It's kind of like the Porsche 911, in terms of design conservatism. It's an icon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just bought a 2009 MKV GTI. I'm glad I did, as I really don't like the look of the MKVI one. I'll be curious to hear how it drives though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nice blend of Mk V and Mk VI styling...except the out-of-place T-Reg tail blings though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree entirely. the MkVI Golf [Rabbit] looks better than this, IMHO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        While some found the MkV GTI style mundane, I really like it. IMO, The MkV looks more space-age and modern than the Mk VI. Congrat on your purchase of the GTI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not as exciting as the MKV GTI, but at least they decided to keep the wheels. I personally really like them. Now, they just need to get a new ECU out fast to pump 250HP out and everyone'll be happy. Mmm... 250HP and launch control...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hopefully the the MKIV won't have all the rattles assembly issues as the MKV. My girlfriend's 2006GTI only has 50,000 miles and the interior is falling apart like a 1988 hyundai! :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      do you really think they are gonna use the same wheels again.
      looks like its just a rendering

        • 6 Years Ago
        The Evo article says the wheels have been very popular on the MKV so they aren't changing it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just can't stand the wheels to the point where I wouldn't buy the car. Hopefully there will be another wheel size alternative that looks different. Otherwise I think the car is a nice subtle improvement in design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did they really have to keep nearly the exact same rims?
      I really dig the interior though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man I love the interior on them.. and that steering wheel... A friend had one.. I just kind of want to steal it... The steering wheel that is.. lol

      Not sure what i think about the headlights yet though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, Not a fan of those plaid seats.. But.. The seats in my friends GTI are very nice... Sporty but nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        im glad they kept the plaid seats. They are unique and really add to the car. I would take those over the leather seats any day.
        what i dont like about this car is that the roof line and c-pillar are softer and less macsuline. The soft shape of the rear lights doesnt help either. But id drive a car with that grill, those seats, that steering wheel and the potato cutter wheels
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess I'd have to see one in person, but I'd have to say I prefer the MkV look as well (then again, I drive an '07 Rabbit, so I'm probably a bit biased. The front grill looks too much like some half-baked aftermarket part. The interior shots look a bit weird too (although that may just be the lighting.

      If I do end up getting another VW anytime soon, I'd probably be more likely to look at a TDI Rabbit than this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lame move on keeping the wheels. Personally I've never been a fan, but I guess they have been popular. Another thing that puts me off is that ridiculous matte black painted front bumper, it doesn't look good. I think they tried to recreate the look of that Bentley powered VW concept.

      The car overall just looks like a shrink wrapped version of the old car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like a true GTI, but I prefer the looks of the Golf IV.
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