• Oct 2, 2008
Click either above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen GTI MkVI

We're still sour that the Scirocco isn't making it to our shores, but Volkswagen is throwing us a bone with the restyled 2009 MK VI GTI. The new front end made a successful transition from the low-slung hatch that's beyond our reach, finally eschewing the gaping maw that's afflicted Audi designs of late. Both three- and five-door variants were on hand here at the Paris Motor Show, and overall, we're even more smitten with version six then we were with the outgoing model.

As reported previously, the new GTI is packing a revised 2.0-liter TFSI four putting out 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque through either a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox and on to the front wheels through a new electronic limited-slip differential (XDS).

After spending some time inside we were reminded that VW (and Audi) still make some of the best interiors in the biz, with suitably supportive seats, confident switchgear and a small diameter steering wheel that we want to put under our pillow at night.

Check out our previous post for more details and scope the live and press images in the gallery below.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if the electronic LSD uses the brakes in any way? I want to know how this XDS works.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice thats the W12 body without the side air intakes...

      its sweet im gonna get me one..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm playing "spot the difference" with the Scirocco and the new Golf GTI, and I'm not doing too well at the moment :P

      Awesome new GTI, I'd definitely get one if I was in such a position to buy one
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it cast in stone that this is the engine for the North American version? If so VW has strangely missed an opportunity to sell cars. There are many versions of the 2.0T already sold in the Audi/VW stable with substantially more torque and better HP too. The competition moved on to much greater power since the MkV came out, and the engine in this one won't get my purchase. I'm no longer interested in taking warranty chances with a chip, its the manufacturer's responsibility to bring forward a car that is competitive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is the base GTi, and so caries on with an engine that people have loved for many years. The upcoming GTi Plus will have a more powerful engine to compete with the other guys, but this sweet revving for is what most people will want to enjoy. Also, the R32 replacement will up the power again, possibly to 350hp.

        To Autoblog: Will you please stop whining about the "Audi maw." Its old hash, and I think anyone who cares has moved on. I personally like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm liking the audi style cluster and what appears to be a full color MFD, the interiors nice, a very nice evolution of the current car, and the dynamic drive will be pretty damn entertaining even on the lesser of the GTI iterations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Eh, the cluster is a very subjective thing; I like my red/blue GTI 5 cluster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I want is for the new GTI to actually be offered in blue. I hate that you can only get one real color (white, black, and grays are not "colors") in the USA, red, which I definitely don't want.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is. Just not in the US. Hopefully they'll extend the blue to the GTI lineup next year. Personally I love my white GTI and it looks great, like most VW Group current products look great in white.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks better than I had expected it to at first, but I'd gladly pay for a Scirroco while this would take a good deal of selling to convince me to put my money on the table. 5-door looks better than the 3-door btw; strange...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome redesign
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is a well rounded GTi, I was not so sure about the tail light update, but it has grown on me some, as for the rest of the looks, good job VW! The only thing that bothers me is the fact this is more of a MKV.5 than it is a a truly new car. I can't wait to give it a spin and maybe think about it as a future purchase.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it overall. But those hideous wheels kill the deal. It needs a set of nice BBS rims.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't like them either, but sadly, on the Mk5 GTI you only had a choice of those or a slightly smaller, yet overall mostly the same, 17" rims. I went for the 17" rims to save on cost and will eventually replace them. On this I do agree that I hope VW adds more choices for buyers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those wheels are actually made by BBS. Or at least they used to be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a totally useless system that just brakes the wheel that starts slipping.

      If it slips too much the system turns off and it is only used below 40km/h on current VWs/Audis. (80km/h on 4wd vw/audis)

      It's just a very basic form of traction control(ontop of normal esp/tc) + marketing BS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You seem to be extremely well-informed Dave, can you share the source of your statements with us?
      • 6 Years Ago
      nice Mazda foglights.

      The rest of it is pretty nice. I'm not sure why the last generation did so poorly, it seemed pretty nice to me. And its not like the new generation looks that much different
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