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2015 Volkswagen GTI

The whine of the turbocharger. The gentle whoosh of the hatchback's hydraulic lift supports. The mechanical ratcheting and clack of the parking brake. The growling exhaust note with that occasional gurgle. The unmistakable sounds of the modern hot hatch are just one of the genre's delightful qualities. This class of car, beloved by enthusiasts for its amplitude of sensory stimulants, low curb weights, potent engines and superior handling, traces its lineage directly back to the MkI Volkswagen GTI, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 1975. Upon its unveiling, the GTI was a... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
210 HP / 258 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
Base Price:
$24,395
As-Tested Price:
$26,915
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    Report: Volkswagen drops "GTi" lawsuit against Suzuki
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    Way back in 2004, Volkswagen took umbrage with Suzuki being granted permission to use the nameplate "SWIFT GTi" for a performance variant of its small-car offering (2012 equivalent seen here). Now, eight years and surely some very steep legal bills later, VW has finally dropped its claim against Suzuki. The General Court of the European Union stated, ...

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    Paris: Volkswagen GTI Concept is ready to carry the hot hatch torch
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    If you're looking for thinly veiled production models from the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen has you covered. The German automaker showed off its GTI Concept alongside a smattering of other Golf variants. A prototype in name only, the concept gives us a glimpse of what the MkVII GTI will bring to the table in terms of aesthetics. Volkswagen says the ...

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    Report: Volkswagen GTI design study images show up ahead of Paris reveal
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    Following the debut of the new Mark VII Golf, Volkswagen is set to pull the wraps off of a new GTI Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Though its time in the hot lights is less than a day away, that hasn't stopped the likes of AutoBild from dropping some freshly leaked images of the hot hatch design study on the interwebs. The "near-production" concept ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Golf R sheds lots of camo, still looks stealthy
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    We're waiting to see the genuine Mk VII Volkswagen Golf in the steel so that people can decide which side of the fence they're on regarding its design, but we're pretty sure the Golf R will, as usual, improve upon it. A prototype of the hot version of VW's hatch was spotted in a wild camo party dress a few weeks ago, and now the snappers at CarPix have ...

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    Rumormill: Volkswagen cooking up lightweight Carbon GTI
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    Autocar reports Volkswagen may be working on a lightweight version of the GTI as a tribute to the model's bare-bones ancestry. Dubbed "Carbon GTI," the model is said to make use of a range of new manufacturing techniques to incorporate a heap of carbon fiber and aluminum wherever possible. Pieces like the bulkhead, windshield frame and floor panels are ...

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    Video: Why are these kids going nuts destroying this VW GTI?
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    Fans of classic Volkswagen iron may want to look away. This video is not for the faint of heart if you are an 80s car fan, either. It contains graphic documentation of vehicular abuse on an unprecedented level. A group of ruthless youngsters absolutely destroy every bit of glass in this Mark II GTI. It's appalling. Actually the video below is just a ...

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    Video: Details on next Volkswagen Golf emerge in leaked presentation
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    The Mk VII Volkswagen Golf will be completely known to the world on September 4. And thanks to leaked pages from a document detailing the new Golf's features, we know a little more about it ahead of time. We'd heard before that the Mk VII would be about 150 pounds lighter than the Mk VI, but a graphic that looks like an indication of where high-strength ...

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    Spy Shots: 2014 Volkswagen Golf R prototype makes its first appearance
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    Here we have spy shots of the 2014 Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R, the high-flying variant of the hatchback mainstay that will change the way things are done in the Golf world. Built on Volkswagen's next-generation MQB chassis, officials say the 2014 Golf will be about 150 pounds lighter than the current model. The present Golf R makes 256 horsepower from its ...

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    Video: Volkswagen pits Jetta GLI against... a speed talker?
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    Volkswagen is excellent at coming up with loopy, memorable commercials, especially the kind that are best described with the phrase, "You'll just have to see it." Looking in that direction is a set of four ads called Fast vs. Fast, in which the some of the family wares need to prove their speed by lapping a track faster than some unconventional ...

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    Report: Next VW GTI to get 260-hp from 2.0-liter four
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    We've heard that Volkswagen will be turning up the wick on the next-generation GTI, and this newest report is certainly fanning those flames. Autocar now says the 2.0-liter turbo four in Volkswagen's next hot hatch will make all of 260 horsepower, but perhaps more importantly, the front differential will get some new technology to keep all that power from ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet toots its 207-horsepower horn
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    While we get the Volkswagen Eos, other markets get this: the Golf GTI Cabriolet. We had a good look at it under the lights of the Geneva Motor Show, and now VW has dropped a slew of photos of the convertible in its natural environment. Under the hood is a 207-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to either a six-speed manual or ...

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    Official: Volkswagen interns roll into Worthersee with GTI Black Dynamic show car
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    Slammed Skodas, Seats, Audis and Polos are all well and nice, but at the end of the day, the annual gathering of Volkswagen performance enthusiasts at Lake Wörthersee in Austria is about the GTI. That much isn't lost on Volkswagen, so in addition to bringing the new GTI Cabrio along with all the aforementioned corporate cousins, the German automaker ...

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    Official: Volkswagen previews 220-hp Polo WRC Street special ahead of Wörthersee debut
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    The annual GTI festival at Lake Wörthersee in Austria has exploded over the years into a celebration of all things hot-hatch in the Volkswagen Group – including concept cars and new debuts from Audi, Seat and Skoda – but the event has always been about VWs at heart. And the brand central to the empire isn't about to sit it out. At the ...

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    Geneva: Peugeot brings the 208 party to Geneva
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    The successor to the Peugeot 207 line, the 208, made an appearance under the lights of the Geneva Motor Show this week. Buyers in the EU may choose from either the three-door body style you see above or a more functional five-door configuration. Both vehicles feature smaller exterior dimensions than the old 207 but with greater interior volume than their ...

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    Geneva: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet pops its top, just can't stop
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    Despite the current trend, not every car looks good with its top lopped off. We're looking at you, Nissan and Land Rover. The Volkswagen GTI doesn't get any prettier after losing its roof and seems to get, well, a little softer, more, ok, we're just gonna say it – girly. A bit like the earlier VW Cabriolets but with enough horsepower to leave its ...

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    Official: Volkswagen drops top on production Golf GTI Cabriolet ahead of Geneva debut
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    Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Certainly not Volkswagen, which has just dropped the top on its new Golf GTI Cabriolet in advance of its debut at the rapidly approaching Geneva Motor Show. Previewed in concept form (alongside an even sportier Golf R Cabrio concept) at the Wörthersee gathering last June, the Golf GTI Cabriolet ...

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    Report: Volkswagen to unveil production Golf GTI Cabriolet in Geneva
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    If you were watching the news out of Wörthersee last year, you may recall the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet concept pictured above. The show car debuted at the annual Volkswagen fan-fest in Austria, alongside an even hotter Golf R Cabriolet and a whole mess of other machinery from the burgeoning German auto empire. But that was the last we heard of ...

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    What we know about the 2013 Volkswagen Golf, next-gen GTI
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    The next GTI will be an order of magnitude better, bringing it back in line with the original hot hatch. Lighter, faster, stronger, better. That's what we can expect from the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, due to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show before it hits dealerships across Europe this fall and eventually lands on U.S. shores as a ...

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    Report: Volkswagen approves Up! GT for production
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    The Volkswagen Golf GTI stands as an enduring icon in the hot hatch genre. But as the Golf gets bigger, so does the GTI, and when it comes to hot hatches, bigger is not always better. That's where the Polo GTI comes in, but if even that's too big for minimalists, Volkswagen is reportedly set on putting the Up! GT into production. Unveiled as a show car ...

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    Video: Nothing says "Chip Foose" like... Volkswagen?
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    To help tell the story of the 256-horsepower 2012 Golf R, Volkswagen has enlisted aid from an unexpected quarter: hot rodder and kandy-kolored-tangerine-flake-inclined Chip Foose. Turns out that Mr. Overhaulin' owned a 1985 Golf GTI and thought the world of it, and he engages in a couple minutes of reminiscing about his Mk II to prove it. The video is ...

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