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2007 Volkswagen GTI

2007 Volkswagen GTI
2007 Volkswagen GTI Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/disc
Tires F-R:225/45 R17
Driveline:Front Wheel Drive
Type:Inline-4, Turbocharged
Displacement cu in (cc):121 (1984)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:200(149) / 5100
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:207(280) / 1800
Redline at RPM:n.a.
Length Width Height in:165.8 69.3 58.4
Weight lb (kg):3308 (1500)
Acceleration 0-60 mph s:n.a.
Top Speed mph (km/h):130 (210) - electronically limited
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):23/32 (n.a.)
Base Price: 2007 Volkswagen GTI - $22,220 / 24,550 (last update: 5/12/2007)

The GTI Tradition Continues with the Fifth Generation Volkswagen GTI

The launch of the all-new GTI promises Volkswagen's return to the purity of its ground-breaking sports car concept hatchback, and offers enthusiasts a modern and dynamic extension of the automaker's original hot-hatch approach that essentially spurred a new car class.

Volkswagen purists have anticipated this fifth generation GTI since its critically acclaimed European launch in mid-year 2005 and are prepared to test this model's sports credentials that include the high-tech, 200 horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine, a new fully independent, sports-tuned suspension - a first for the GTI - a standard six-speed manual transmission, and an understated but dynamically aggressive style outside and a practical interior that equally mixes functionality, flair and a preoccupation with a driver-first focus and layout.

The new GTI is a solid and aggressive sports model with a unique automatic manual DSGTM transmission that utilizes direct shifting which essentially automatically depresses clutch-shift points more efficiently and quicker than even a professional driver can. But the GTI today is all purity, and for those who want the unique control of a clutch, the all-new GTI comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Top speed is electronically governed at 130 miles per hour in the U.S.

The Heart of the New GTI

The heart of the 2006 GTI is Volkswagen's new and highly regarded 2.0T turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 200 bhp at 5,100 to 6,000 revolutions per minute and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm.

This transverse, front-mounted engine incorporates dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters for smooth, worry-free operation. A fully electronic engine management system includes drive-by-wire throttle control and FSI direct injection for optimal fuel delivery, which increases power, improves efficiency, and reduces emissions.

As alluded to earlier, the new six-speed DSG automatic manual transmission with Tiptronic is a tempting option for drivers, as well as those simply seeking the convenience of an automated transmission. The DSG transmission permits fully automatic or manual gear changes using a twin-clutch, wet-plate design that eliminates the power interruption associated with traditionally clutched gear changes. The result is sports performance and unexpected fuel efficiency.

The Exterior Design

Known for being a "wolf in sheep's clothing," the 2006 GTI shows a bit more fang with its distinctly, pleasantly aggressive, sports-car styling. More than ever, it is distinguished from its rock solid sibling, the new generation Golf, including the most striking front end ever. The new GTI's front offers no confusion with the upcoming Golf, employing a black honeycomb design with a decisive red frame strip outlining the radiator portion. This same honeycomb design carries to the lower grille sections, which hosts standard halogen fog lights, and resemble extra air intakes that flow powerfully to the integrated front spoiler. The driving intensity of the front is accentuated by the eyes of the car, the headlight housings, which use a very clear, tech-looking case to show off high-intensity gas-discharged headlamps (Xenon). This system includes a well-disguised headlight washer system that cleanses the chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses. Completing the look is the GTI's famous badge that sits proudly at the front of the car on the passenger's side.

The Interior

GTI enthusiasts should feel at home behind the wheel of the new GTI, which again advances the purity of the GTI concept but in a modern and sophisticated execution. GTI-exclusive interior treatments include special alloy treatments throughout, from the interior door sills, to the door handles to the distinct treatments for the pedals (including dead pedal with the DSG transmission), to mention a few. Sporty brushed-metal accents also surround the A/C controls, stereo unit, and the instrument panel gauges are aluminum and black with a chrome surround.

The GTI's driving environment begins with its unique three-spoke, leather wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with audio and telephone controls that, as found in all Volkswagens, is adjustable and telescoping for optimal driving positioning. This sporty driver's tool adds paddle shifters on both sides of the wheel when the optional DSG transmission is added.

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