• Nov 20, 2008


Click above for a hi-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen customers in the United States have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the new sixth-generation Rabbit and its GTI performance variant. And while it's still a little ways off, at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel as the German automaker has announced that the new model will hit the U.S. market in early September 2009. European customers, meanwhile, already began taking delivery of their new Golfs last month, with the GTI due to arrive there next summer.

American versions will initially be available with the current 2.5-liter inline-five, a new 2-liter turbodiesel in the TDI version and the GTI's 2-liter TSI. A new 1.8-liter TFSI is expected to replace the base 2.5-liter unit, with 4Motion all-wheel-drive, TwinDrive hybrid and LPG versions to follow, as well as a possible all-electric version and a replacement for the current top-of-the-line R32 performance model. North American models will also come equipped with adaptive cruise control, adaptive chassis control and 19-inch wheels as standard. Of the current (fifth-generation) Rabbit, the GTI version accounted for roughly one third of models sold, which Volkswagen expects to continue with this new generation. In the meantime, you can check out the high-resolution images in the two galleries below.



[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Scirooco would be nice but I'm betting it will be expensive. I will settle for the TDI, that will be cool.

        • 6 Years Ago
        in Europe the Scirocco is the same price as the GTI. I'd take it over the Golf/GTI in a heartbeat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do you suppose they know how to build a water pump yet?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If VW bring over the TDi and make it available with AWD and a manual, I will be in line at the dealership with cash to buy the first one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait a minute Noah. You're trying to tell me that here in NA not only will we be blessed with the TSI, but we will get a Golf with 4Motion without it having to be an R32? Should I run outside to see if pigs are flying and check the weather report for hell to see if it froze over? I think I'm going to pass out.

        I'd take any of those engines listed with a DSG transmission (because the wife refuses to learn to drive a manual) and 4Motion in a 5-door Golf/Rabbit.

        @ckm
        I think I'd be in line right behind you.

        @Travis
        I'd doubt it would be that much since that would make the Audi A3 comparably equipped around $40k+; for that amount I'd rather just get a A4 Avant. I'd estimate a 5-door Rabbit TDI with 4Motion would probably come around to $25k. Still I did buy a $30k Golf (MarkIV R32).
        • 6 Years Ago
        $30k for a wabbit? Ouch!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you enjoy your $35k golf. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @travis

        Don't mind paying $35k for one, if it's exactly as described.
        I know that there's a whole category of people who don't get small luxury cars, that's ok. Besides, people pay more that that for Evo's with crappy interiors.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Can we have a set of better looking BBS wheels?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they continue to use the 2.5, I drive one here in Germany and it kicks ass on the autobahn. It burns reg. gas, no timing belt, no turbos or supercharger, just a nice simple engine that burns a little more gas, not much, than the overrated 1.4 engine (burns premium gas and to much things to go wrong with it, for the paultry 170 hp. it makes) they got over here(drove one and like the 2.5 better) plus it has got one cylinder more, and sounds better. Also the Audi ttRS has got this basic engine also, so it must be a very good engine for vw to drop it in thier top of the line TT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can you take a picture of the camshaft phaser(s), if you can find it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally! This is exactly what the US needs, a good premium small car. Take note GM, Ford, and Chrysler. And thank you Volkswagen for no torsion beam and no drum brakes. Volkswagen has become quite the innovator with the engine and transmission technology. I would consider them perhaps third in the passenger car business behind BMW and Honda. There are now a total of four cars I would consider buying. Those are the BMW Mini, Honda Civic coupe, Altima coupe, and now the Rabbit 3 door hatchback.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Does this mean they aren't bringing over the 1.4L turbo/supercharged engine? That kinda sucks. The 2.5L I5 is absolutely abysmal (and thirsty too) so hopefully whatever engine they are using to replace it is better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Adaptive cruise control, adjustable suspension, .:R model, AWD.

      Exactly HOW much is this thing going to cost loaded?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "A new 1.8-liter TFSI is expected to replace the base 2.5-liter unit..."

      And with it, the venerable timing chain feature of this normally aspirated, "1/2 V10" Lambo derived base engine...back to interference/timing belt suckerage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Read this vdk regarding the 2.5 on VWVortex:

        "Being based loosely on half of the V-10 Lamborghini Gallardo engine you might hope to see half the Lambo's 500 horsepower, but that isn't the case. VW tells us that the 2.5 is detuned for use as the entry-level engine..."

        http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/article_1283.shtml
        • 6 Years Ago
        the I5 is NOT based on the V10 Gallardo.. you need to stop dreaming.. it's a myth.. I would trade the 2.5 for a 1.8 in a heartbeat..
        • 6 Years Ago
        The new 1.8tfsi uses a timing chain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        When the 2.5 came out, I swear it had to be 2 valves per cylinder, because no one could make a 5 cylinder with 4 valve per cylinder that makes 148hp.
        Even at 168hp now, it still makes me wonder...
        No VW really did make such a crappy engine back then, and today.
        If it makes marginal power & guzzles gas, it is time to retire it.

        No, the Audi engine is based off VW's corporate bore centers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Neat looking car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think we've had the MkV's for 3 full model years. 2006.5, 2007, 2008, and 2009 by the time we get the new ones. 3 years is still a relatively short model cycle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Glad to hear you will now consider the VW Rabbit. I agree with you, the BMW Mini is a nice car. But I just can't wait for the MkV Bentley Audi Lamborghini Bugatti Volkswagen GTI. Lol.

      BMW may be the parent company of Mini, but when it comes down to it, a Mini is still a Mini.
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