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Click above for high-res gallery of Volkswagen Golf GT MkVI

We already saw the first images of the new MK VI Volkswagen GTI and we now have them in all their high-res glory courtesy of VW's German media site. As with the standard version of the Golf and the Scirocco, VW is abandoning the huge Audi-like grille of recent models in favor of something more subdued. The new GTI also harkens back to the original GTI of the late 1970s with its red-bordered grille. Under the hood, the new GTI gets the latest edition of the corporate 2.0L TFSI four cylinder cranking out 210 hp and a reasonably healthy 207 lb-ft of torque at just 1,800 rpm. The electronically controlled limited-slip XDS differential will help guide that torque to the wheel with the most grip and hopefully manage torque steer as well. The GTI is expected to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 7.2 seconds with a combined fuel efficiency on the EU cycle of 31.4 mpg. VW will start adding to the GTI's cumulative tally of 1.7 million units sold next spring in Europe and in the U.S. during the summer of 2009, while the regular Golf VI will hit our shores as the new Rabbit in the fall of 2009.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Updated with official english version of press release

Sharp and sovereign – The new Golf GTI

The bestseller with the best values: 240 km/h, 210 bhp, 7.5 litres

Wolfsburg, 25 September 2008 - Since the debut of the first and the discontinuation of the fifth generation, more than 1.7 million buyers made the GTI to the world's bestseller. Now the new GTI is at the ready: at the Paris Motor Show (4th to 19th October 2008) Volkswagen will be demonstrating the design study of the new Golf GTI at its world premiere.

The GTI suspension with a new electronic limited-slip diff (XDS) defines curves and traction in a completely new way. A GTI with a top speed of 240 km/h that with its 155 kW / 210 bhp strong turbocharged engine is even more fun and, on average, only uses 7.5 litres.

The sixth generation Golf GTI will go into series production in the spring of 2009 – as usual with a unique connection between sporty suspension and agile engine. The engine develops already at 1,800 rpm a maximum torque of 280 newton metres. The sprint from 0 to 60mph is achieved in 6.9 seconds. A stand-off between wind resistance and output occurs only just at 240 km/h.

Lowered by 22 millimetres and equipped with a new sports suspension, the springs, shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bars of the design study have been completely reworked. Furthermore, the optional adaptive chassis control DCC feature will also be available for the future GTI.

"We wanted a purposefully clear GTI design. A car that has power but also style," summarises the Volkswagen AG's chief designer Walter de'Silva. The design study of the sixth generation presented in Paris blends in both style elements of the GTI icons. Details like the typical honeycombed radiator grill and the V-shaped bonnet, stretching over the head lights, contribute to the GTI V. The clean and horizontal structure clearly originates from the GTI I. Because of the styling as well as the underlining horizontal graphic of the front section the Golf GTI design study appears visually wider (1.78 meter), lower (1.47 meter) and more dynamic than any other car in its class.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      i like it, i wish they would bring that dashboard to the passat
      • 6 Years Ago
      Black leather seats, brushed aluminum trim, with that nav system would make me want that car even more then the up, and coming diesel Golf VI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a fun afforable fun car. Yes, its not going to beat the 16 year old kid in his Si, but with this litte machine you are buying much more then speed.. style and CLASS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i have a 2.0t leon fr same engine as this car and i can leave a SI 5 cars behind very easly.

        this engines has a lot of torque at very low rpm 1800 and is very very easy to mod with reflash and downpipe you can go up to 270hp and 300lb/ft
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad. Not bad at all. I really like it. This really is what the Mark V should have been. The Mark V never really got my attention; it seems like it took a step forward in suspension, features, interior design and a step back at the same time with the exterior design. The Mark VI seems to take the best from the Mark IV and V and add improvements.

      I'm interested to see what the Mark VI R will be like. The Mark V R32 for the US was a real disappointment for me. I have the Mark IV R32 now and the only thing it's lacking is two more doors. I wouldn't consider the Mark V R32 without it being a 5-door. The big disappointment for the Mark V R32 was the lack of the model's difference between the Mark V GTI. The Mark IV R32 definitely was a different animal from it's Mark IV GTI brother and one could really tell VW tried to make the R32 special with little things here and there. On the other hand the Mark V R32 just changed the trim and marked a generation of aesthetic changes with the R36 and R50 almost like what they do with the Audi S-Line.

      I would like to see the Mark VI R to bring back what made the Mark IV R32 special and be available in 5-doors here in the US. I doubt that will happen though since one of the big reasonings for the 3-door only Mark V R32 in the US was so it wouldn't compete with the Audi A3. Here's to hoping.

      If nothing can entice me to let go of my Mark IV R32, I might consider a TSI (if it ever makes it to the US) or a TDI Rabbit in 5-door trim as a daily driver.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Something I did forget to mention was I am quite surprised the Mark VI will be launched nearly simultaneously in Europe and here in the US. It was a good couple of years before the Mark IVs were released here in the US and there was a delay for the Mark V Golf/Rabbit and GTI as well. Hopefully this trend continues.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW already has several TSI equipped vehicles in the US market; I'm a technician at a dealer in socal, and I've seen dozens of Tiguans, Passats, and MK5 GTI's come in with them. The R32 was never meant to be a 5 door, it's a sports car. Extra weight is added to the car when you add 2 doors, it takes away from it's performance car marketing pitches, too. What person buys an R32 typically; a mother raising kids, or a successful younger middle aged male looking for a stand out car under $40k? I say keep it a 3 door sports car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With design being a subjective thing, there is no such thing as a valid statement of "the Mk5 should have been this". I and a number of others on this site and others can't stand the new design and are glad we own Mk5s, but there are others that like the new design and can't stand the 5.

        Honestly, I don't know what's different about this version aside from cost-cutting (it's supposed to be simpler to build this one) and an update of the design so that it has the same taillights as the Touareg/Tiguan and no longer has the now-Audi-only trapezoidal front grille of the current GTI. The interior has a similar wheel (I've got the flat-bottomed super-grippy wheel, too, just with different control buttons and airbag), the nav unit from the Mk6 will fit the Mk5 (it can be done and has been already as the 09 model got the new radio), and the controls got rearranged a bit and the dash air vents have a new shape.

        Plus, the plaid fabric on the seats in the car shown is different from the plaid that was available on the Mk5. I'm sure the black leather, which is what I have, will be the same.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm a bit surprised as well.

        The main reason I see that happeneing though is due to cost. They redesigned the MkVI to be cheaper to build. I think it's that cost savings that is driving the early release here, a couple of years short of VW's recent life cylces.

        Why continue to build the older, more expensive model if a newer, cheaper one is available?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks good to me, call it new or a refresh, they fixed the right elements for me (lights n grill)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh yeah the Cobalt SS is faster, but have you tried going around a corner in it? The thing will require a change of pants because guess what - it can't. Like every other fast American car it's designed to go in a straight line as fast as possible and not a whole lot else.

      My GTI will hold a decent street corner at 70 without breaking a sweat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The MKV looked awkward to me from a lot of angles, this one doesn't. I love how we won't have to wait very long to get in the US like we did last time!!! Other then the wheels, I think it is fantastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thin kthe interior looks great but I also think they could have steped up performance a tad with the new model. Either way it will keep the current vw crowd happy. Im just not sure if it will lure any new buyers into the show rooms.
        • 6 Years Ago
        at least the fuel economy is higher, which is now a major selling point
      • 6 Years Ago
      Standard LSD:
      But its electronic and not mechanical which sounds bogus to me. Not a true lsd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the first time in about 5 years, I like a VW front end.

      Love the angles on the grill. Dashboard looks fantastic, not feeling the seating pattern at all.

      Is requesting a GTI with DSG still considered heresy, or are people warming up to the idea?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm glad you like it, considering Walter da Silva sent the MkVI design back to the drawing board to clean it up some. I'm stoked for the new GTi, looks better, will handle even better (already one of, if not the, best handling cars which start around 20k). The GTi-R may just convince me to add another VW to my stable in a year or so’s time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I live in the US and there's a five-door GTI with a six-speed DSG about 100 feet from me, sleeping in my garage until I go to work tomorrow. It was the fourth-generation platform that had the DSG available in Europe but not in the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the seats are a reminescence to the original, first golf gti..as well as the grill. there is a dsg for the mk v already, just not in the states i guess
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Stephen is referring to the phenomenon that some auto "enthusiasts" don't believe a DSG transmission is as good as a manual tranny. DSG is available in the States. It is also capable of switching gears much faster than any "enthusiast" can shift manually.

        I say f*** the "enthusiasts" and their manual bias. Buy what you like since you're the person who will drive it. I personally don't want to constantly hold the clutch down while sitting in bumper-to-bumper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope it is quicker than the estimated times. It is definitely another evolutionary makeover. I think it is a classy adult practical but fun vehicle. Even though the previous front-end was controversial, this one is a bit too conservative for my taste, but overall a good refresh. I think we are going to get this one after the Europeans again, right? That is always too bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how they kepted the orginal style cloth pattern on the seats from the first GTI, looks good, and those seats look like Recaros.
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