For 2007, a new 4-door version of the GTI joins the 2-door, which was introduced in 2006. The GTI features a 200-hp 4-cylinder engine with a turbocharger and FSI direct fuel injection as well as an optional 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox-the fastest-shifting automatic transmission on the planet, according to VW.
Volkswagen introduced the first GTI in America in 1983. A modified Rabbit with a fuel-injected engine and stiffened suspension, the GTI was the original "hot hatch" and the car that kicked off the sport-compact craze, which is alive and well nearly 25 years later. The latest iteration of the GTI, based on VW's new "A5" platform, made its debut in 2006 in 2-door form; it's joined by a 4-door version for 2007.
The GTI comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is optional. The DSG is essentially two automated 3-speed gearboxes joined by a computer-controlled clutch. This setup allows the transmission to pre-select the next gear, so gear changes are nearly instantaneous. The DSG has both automatic and manual shifting modes, the latter allowing the driver to shift using steering wheel-mounted paddles. The DSG offers the convenience of an automatic (there's no clutch pedal) with the performance benefits of a manual. In fact, DSG-equipped GTIs actually accelerate faster (0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds versus 7.0 for the manual) with no appreciable fuel economy penalty.
The GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with FSI fuel injection, the same engine used in Audi's A3and A4. Output is 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available from 1,800 RPM all the way to 5,00 RPM. The FSI fuel injection system improves both engine response and fuel economy; it's notable that the GTI's EPA fuel economy ratings are higher than those of the Volkswagen Rabbit upon which it is based, though the GTI does require premium fuel. Both 2-door and 4-door GTI models come well equipped and offer options such as leather seats and GPS-linked navigation. Warranty coverage is 4 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 5 years/60,000 miles on the powertrain.
The Volkswagen GTI competes in the Compact Sporty segment, which consists of 10 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, fuel economy, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Scion tC (79,125), Subaru Impreza (41,148), and Mitsubishi Lancer (23,167). The Volkswagen GTI sold 17,089 units (including the Golf) in 2006, an increase of 8.9 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Sporty segment include the Pontiac Solstice, Hyundai Tiburon, Mazda Miata, Saturn Sky, and Volkswagen Eos.
|2-Door (M6)||6 speed manual||$22,220||200-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||23/32|
|4-Door (M6)||6 speed manual||$22,720||200-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||23/32|
|Fahrenheit (A6)||6 speed automatic with auto-shift||$27,665||200-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||25/32|