2.0T SE 4-Door 4dr Hatchback
2015 Volkswagen GTI

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EngineEngine 2.0LI-4
MPGMPG 25 City / 34 Hwy
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2015 GTI Overview

The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels North American car buyers get a bit of a slap in the face when it comes to delivery schedules for new the Volkswagen Golf and pumped-up GTI models. We'll just repeat the old chestnut: It's worth the wait... even though it still stinks. This time around, Western Europe is taking deliveries of the new Golf as we speak, and GTI deliveries start between May and July. North America doesn't get the Mk7 Golf or GTI until about July of 2014. So we approached our first drive of the new GTI with this chip on our shoulder: "You're making us wait? Well, then at least give us the exact car we'll be able to buy. No compromises, mein freund." And so it was that we extracted nearly all of our drive impressions from behind the wheel of what, for the United States, will technically be a model year 2015 two-door Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance with the standard six-speed manual. This time around, Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and in Herndon, VA, explain the wait in very practical terms. Whereas before it was just a long wait while Volkswagen slowly realized it needed to properly invest in North America, the wait this time is because VW needs to get its Puebla, Mexico, factory completely on-line to build all of North America's Golfs and GTIs. The deadline for this happening is... July 2014. We're still gonna whine about it though, because that's how we roll. The 93-pound lighter Mk7 GTI will do 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. For the Mk7 GTI, power from the iron-block EA888 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder versus the Mk6 GTI still on sale is up 10 percent to 217 horsepower between 4,500 and 6,200 rpm, and peak torque is up 51 pound-feet – almost 25 percent – to 258 lb-ft between 1,500 and 4,400 rpm. The outgoing GTI accelerated to 60 miles per hour in an estimated 6.8 seconds while the now 93-pound-lighter Mk7 GTI riding on its all-new MQB architecture will do the deed in 6.4 seconds. At least in North America, the GTI thus cracks a special mental barrier regarding curb weight. By losing those 93 pounds of love handle, the Mk7 GTI in two-door trim with a manual transmission gets back down below 3,000 pounds to 2,941, despite being longer and wider than the Mk6. Almost all of the weight loss can be attributed to VW exploring ever thinner gauge high-strength steels for both the sheetmetal and all of the main joinders of body and chassis, the goal being to lose weight while gaining strength and stiffness. The traditional Jacky plaid sport fabric on the seats has been evolved into a new pattern dubbed Clark. The traditional Jacky plaid sport fabric on the supportive sport seats has here been evolved into a new pattern dubbed Clark, and the standard 18-inch wheels for the Mk7 are a new design called Brooklyn, instead of the current model's standard Detroit-style alloys. …
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2015 GTI Overview

The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels North American car buyers get a bit of a slap in the face when it comes to delivery schedules for new the Volkswagen Golf and pumped-up GTI models. We'll just repeat the old chestnut: It's worth the wait... even though it still stinks. This time around, Western Europe is taking deliveries of the new Golf as we speak, and GTI deliveries start between May and July. North America doesn't get the Mk7 Golf or GTI until about July of 2014. So we approached our first drive of the new GTI with this chip on our shoulder: "You're making us wait? Well, then at least give us the exact car we'll be able to buy. No compromises, mein freund." And so it was that we extracted nearly all of our drive impressions from behind the wheel of what, for the United States, will technically be a model year 2015 two-door Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance with the standard six-speed manual. This time around, Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and in Herndon, VA, explain the wait in very practical terms. Whereas before it was just a long wait while Volkswagen slowly realized it needed to properly invest in North America, the wait this time is because VW needs to get its Puebla, Mexico, factory completely on-line to build all of North America's Golfs and GTIs. The deadline for this happening is... July 2014. We're still gonna whine about it though, because that's how we roll. The 93-pound lighter Mk7 GTI will do 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. For the Mk7 GTI, power from the iron-block EA888 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder versus the Mk6 GTI still on sale is up 10 percent to 217 horsepower between 4,500 and 6,200 rpm, and peak torque is up 51 pound-feet – almost 25 percent – to 258 lb-ft between 1,500 and 4,400 rpm. The outgoing GTI accelerated to 60 miles per hour in an estimated 6.8 seconds while the now 93-pound-lighter Mk7 GTI riding on its all-new MQB architecture will do the deed in 6.4 seconds. At least in North America, the GTI thus cracks a special mental barrier regarding curb weight. By losing those 93 pounds of love handle, the Mk7 GTI in two-door trim with a manual transmission gets back down below 3,000 pounds to 2,941, despite being longer and wider than the Mk6. Almost all of the weight loss can be attributed to VW exploring ever thinner gauge high-strength steels for both the sheetmetal and all of the main joinders of body and chassis, the goal being to lose weight while gaining strength and stiffness. The traditional Jacky plaid sport fabric on the seats has been evolved into a new pattern dubbed Clark. The traditional Jacky plaid sport fabric on the supportive sport seats has here been evolved into a new pattern dubbed Clark, and the standard 18-inch wheels for the Mk7 are a new design called Brooklyn, instead of the current model's standard Detroit-style alloys. …Hide Full Review