2-Door 2dr Hatchback
2006 Volkswagen GTI

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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 23 City / 32 Hwy
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2006 GTI Overview

Remember all the buzz a few years ago over Fahrfignugen? Well, that sheer enjoyment of the dynamic driving experience was born with the GTI.

Launched in mid 1970s in Europe, the Volkswagen GTI made its American debut a few years later and became the original pocket rocket, a nimble, dynamic, compact vehicle that did for imports what muscle cars had done for Detroit a decade earlier.

Using the then brand-new VW Golf as their platform (at first, the Golf was sold as the Rabbit in the United States), a group of Volkswagen engineers, working on their own and without formal corporate approval, hot-rodded the replacement for the original Beetle into an exciting performance car that went into production wearing GTI designation.VW executives hoped to sell as many as 5000 of these sporty hatchbacks; over the next 25 years enthusiastic drivers would buy more than 1.4 million of them.

However, even Volkswagen admits that with ensuing generations it didn't stay as true as it might have to the original spirit of the GTI.So when it came time to launch the all-new and fifth generation of the company's Golf hatchback, one of the engineering team's assignments was to produce a true successor to the original GTI, and in so doing to make it a car that would stand as a counterpoint to the big-winged sport compact cars with their coffee can exhausts and their flamboyant paint jobs.

The 2006 GTI is full of Teutonic subtlety, but it also is fast.Volkswagen is positioning it as being already prepared.No tuning necessary.

The GTI draws its energy from Volkswagen's smaller and lighter 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which has been turbocharged to boost its output to 200 horsepower and to 207 pound-feet of torque, with peak torque holding steady all the way from 1800 to 5000 rpm.

Volkswagen notes that the GTI can rocket from a standing start to 60 miles per hour in just 6.8 seconds, but notes, too, that the car is rated at 23 miles per gallon in town and 32 on the highway with the manual transmission and at 25 and 31, respectively, with the Direct Shift Gearbox, which can be left in a fully automatic mode or can be manually manipulated by racing-style paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

We delighted in the car's quick and precise steering.We appreciated the support and design of the Interlagos plaid seating surfaces and the versatility of its hatchback design.
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2006 GTI Overview

Remember all the buzz a few years ago over Fahrfignugen? Well, that sheer enjoyment of the dynamic driving experience was born with the GTI.

Launched in mid 1970s in Europe, the Volkswagen GTI made its American debut a few years later and became the original pocket rocket, a nimble, dynamic, compact vehicle that did for imports what muscle cars had done for Detroit a decade earlier.

Using the then brand-new VW Golf as their platform (at first, the Golf was sold as the Rabbit in the United States), a group of Volkswagen engineers, working on their own and without formal corporate approval, hot-rodded the replacement for the original Beetle into an exciting performance car that went into production wearing GTI designation.VW executives hoped to sell as many as 5000 of these sporty hatchbacks; over the next 25 years enthusiastic drivers would buy more than 1.4 million of them.

However, even Volkswagen admits that with ensuing generations it didn't stay as true as it might have to the original spirit of the GTI.So when it came time to launch the all-new and fifth generation of the company's Golf hatchback, one of the engineering team's assignments was to produce a true successor to the original GTI, and in so doing to make it a car that would stand as a counterpoint to the big-winged sport compact cars with their coffee can exhausts and their flamboyant paint jobs.

The 2006 GTI is full of Teutonic subtlety, but it also is fast.Volkswagen is positioning it as being already prepared.No tuning necessary.

The GTI draws its energy from Volkswagen's smaller and lighter 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which has been turbocharged to boost its output to 200 horsepower and to 207 pound-feet of torque, with peak torque holding steady all the way from 1800 to 5000 rpm.

Volkswagen notes that the GTI can rocket from a standing start to 60 miles per hour in just 6.8 seconds, but notes, too, that the car is rated at 23 miles per gallon in town and 32 on the highway with the manual transmission and at 25 and 31, respectively, with the Direct Shift Gearbox, which can be left in a fully automatic mode or can be manually manipulated by racing-style paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

We delighted in the car's quick and precise steering.We appreciated the support and design of the Interlagos plaid seating surfaces and the versatility of its hatchback design.Hide Full Review