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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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    Official: VW celebrates GTI anniversary with 235-hp Edition 35
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