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The 2009 Volkwagen Golf GTI has made its official debut today at the 2008 Paris Motor Show today, but it will be a few weeks if not months before anyone, let alone us, gets time behind the wheel to sample this rapid rabbit. Fortunately we've found some video of the new GTI being driven somewhere in the world by people other than us, and it looks like they're having fun doing it. GTI-ophiles will get their choice of three- or five-door models when the car arrives, though both will be powered by the same 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder producing 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual or DSG is offered, and new for '09 is an XDS electronic limited-slip differential. Feel free to watch it all in action after the jump, and don't worry, this video has no janky hair-metal soundtrack from the '80s. All you hear is the engine revving and road passing beneath the tires.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      When does this come to the US? I want to plan for it... also, did I read correctly that the GTI/GTD will be available with the Haldex AWD system?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where is that?! Does anyone know the specific city/road in Europe? That looks like a really great road to drive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I swear I've 'been' on it in a really old racing game. Especially that semi-tunnel with the pillars. Looks so familiar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @reader

        I think it's GranTourismo 3 or 4 you're thinking off. One track has a tunnel just like that after a suspension bridge. After the tunnel, a left, then tight right with a short stone wall to the left.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like the Swiss Alps to me, based on the tunnel style and quality of the road surface...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It reminds me of: Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for all the feedback. I played Gran Turismo 4 last night and a stage called "Swiss Alps" have identical roads, tunnels, and mountains. Check it out. Now my goal is to get there and drive it in real life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It was filmed in Italy, in a region called Dolomites. Have a look:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolomites

        IMHO the most beautiful part of the Alps.
        • 6 Years Ago
        those "tunnels" are pretty common on Alpine roads; they seem to be primarily for protection from falling rocks.

        I just drove the Stelvio Pass in Italy a few weeks ago, and the quality of the road surface was nowhere near what is show in the video... hence my guess of Switzerland, possibly France or Austria.

        (tragically, i was driving a Fiesta 1.4L diesel rental rather than my GTI)
      • 6 Years Ago
      *sigh*

      Damnit, I want one so bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1

        Reliability be damned, I am getting a red one in a couple of years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't get excited, knowing that Scirocco is overseas never the be released.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *sigh*

      Damnit, I want one so bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yikes autoblogs comment system is broken.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Der hotness!

      Electrical gremlins be damned, I want the diesel version schnell. That GTi was right hand drive...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice try VW, but still not good enough for me. Bring us our damn scirocco here in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Weird they would use the same rims as the current GTI
      • 6 Years Ago
      ^^^Oh, and the GTI looks and sounds great too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am going to have to bring up every issue that plagues every 1st gen VW to stop myself from wanting to rush out and buy that thing.

      That is by FAR the hottest hatch that will be available in the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        IMO the A1 concept looks better... a S1 would be heavenly

        I really like this new GTI too... the redesigned grille makes it look less girly
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing is hot. I'm not gonna lie, i want to put my penis in that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Call me crazy but I'd rather put my penis in an actual chick than a chickmobile.

        If I ever decide to make sweet love to a car it is surely not going to be a Rabbit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just don't put it in the engine bay. That could hurt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bob, dude, you're a weirdo. Or you're 16 years old.

        Like a poster above said, move out of your parents' basement and learn how to kiss a girl. Maybe stock up on Clearasil first.

        I'll keep my 2009 WRX, with its AWD, greater power & torque, MUCH better looks, and bulletproof reliability.

        VW FanBoyz can have this Rabbit that looks like a minivan that was subjected to the tortures of a compression chamber. Just about the ugliest car on the planet.

        I will say I like VW interiors, but other than that, the cars are just awful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is definitely an improvement...I would drive this, but I still think the Mazdaspeed3 is the best looking hatch out there. The new Mazda3 might even trump that.
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