2005 Volkswagen Golf GTI First Look & Review European Car Magazine

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Volkswagen Golf GTE

A cult classic reborn

what will and will not a cult classic is an exercise in guessing. Who knew when a a book, an album or a car came out or not it would have staying developing its own unique loyal The Rocky Horror Picture On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex and any Ford Woody all seemingly out of nowhere, becoming cult after the fact.

As did the Golf It was June 1976, and Volkswagen had launched the first series GTI with the intention of building 5,000—ever. But something happened and 5,000 turned into than 1.5 million GTIs nearly 30 years and four The GTI caught the imagination of automotive everywhere.

Here was a relatively comparably powerful hatchback handled like a higher-end car. The GTI has gone through changes over the years, good, some not-so-good and downright awful. Still the followers remained loyal.

loyalty is now about to be repaid—with The fifth-generation Golf GTI is the most iteration yet. True, the VR6 24V delivered 200 bhp as well, but power on earlier in the ’05 model: at vs.

6000 rpm. And, the new GTI boasts 206 lb-ft of torque 1800 to 5500 rpm. In the VR6 had only 195 at 3200 rpm. The grunt comes from a turbocharged FSI with a high-compression of 10.5:1. (It’s the same FSI that propels the new Audi

Power is transmitted to the front by way of a six-speed manual transmission or the truly amazing six-speed DSG Why amazing? Fitted with the the 2, 928-lb GTI reaches 62 mph in 7.2 sec. The version does it in 6.9 sec.

the automatic is faster than the

This GTI is also the best The front-wheel driver starts the front suspension strut and multi-link axle setup the fifth-gen Golf, lowers it and uses stronger stabilizers 30% more rigid), which handling flexibility. In addition, the servo steering has been with a GTI operating map.

The is tight, spot-on steering. The system also features a function that takes buffeting into account and the steering to keep the car going on.

Running gear is comprised of Denver alloy wheels in 225/45 rubber; 18-in. are optional. Peaking out from the five-spokes are bright-red GTI calipers grasp 312mm internally front discs and 286mm disks.

The braking system a specific GTI-tuned ESP that comes on too early or too intrusively. of it as a just-in-time correction system.

got the power, the handling and the most looks of all the GTIs ever Starting at the front, the new GTI’s honeycomb grille is outlined by a red strip, the integrated front repeats the honeycomb pattern as do the recesses. The darkened headlight (in light chrome with lights) and the grille’s GTI badge are distinct to the model. At the rear, the spoiler, the polished stainless-steel exhaust tips, the tucked in bumper and, of course, the denote this Golf’s status.On the inside, the sport come standard with and oh-so-cool red, white and plaid Interlagos covers. non-traditionalists, leather seats are The extremely supportive seats an integrated yet adjustable headrest, is replete with the GTI logo. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and sports an aluminum GTI

The gearshift knob is also as are the decorative inserts, the gauge and the pedals. The gauges are unique to the GTI as with a tach that 8000 rpm and a speedometer that to 300 km/h (Euro spec). One GTI feature is the black headliner.

equipment on the GTI includes dual-control an in-dash six CD premium sound a multifunction on-board computer auto-dimming interior mirror light and rain sensors, footwell lighting and a tire-pressure A DVD-based navigation system the six-CD changer mounted in the is optional. Like all VW products, the GTI is with a complete safety including the aforementioned ESP, front headrests and six airbags.

most European test which are usually over in a few the GTI’s test drive two full glorious days. We up the new cars in Wolfsburg and headed out Paris and the motor show by way of Both days’ drives a mix of autobahn/autoroute blasting and curvy backroads.

All the cars had six-speed manuals and the nav system.

Volkswagen Golf GTE

We hit the autobahn first, the 2.0 FSI’s pulling power. with the added weight of a in the back seat (where he he had ample room at 6 ft plus), the GTI down the motorway at speeds surprised many a BMW driver. thanks to said photographer’s GPS we were able to prove a top of just over 150 mph—the crosswinds prevented us from it much further.

Said also gave us a chance to the servo steering’s correction That it works is an understatement. It very odd to have the car correct before I could even about adjusting the steering.

It became a game to see if I could the system; I lost every

Once off the autobahn and onto the byways, the turbocharged 2.0’s proved its low-end worth. seemed the perfect gear for the multiple twists and turns as we through one German village another. The GTI’s stiffened setup is near perfect: not too nor too soft. It wasn’t until the day (minus the extra weight, Richard), that we were to fully put the GTI’s handling to the test.

Past Koeln, before across Luxemburg, we found a set of twisty, relatively car-free that just begged for driving. The GTI was a blast to drive, balanced and gripping the road sticky-footedness that would made a treefrog jealous.

It to rain a bit later, but that slow us down much—hey, we are journalists and we had ESP. The re-tuned really is just-in-time. One driver (a VW executive) discovered that ESP intrude until you’re desperate—as in uh-oh, a tree!

it does kick in, it works saving both tree and

We covered more than 700 and spent at least 12 hours and never once wished we in a different vehicle. The sport offered ample support, the nav was easy to use (although it took a few to figure out how to turn up the nav audio as the was in German) and the stereo system was

When my co-driver and I finally into Paris, we were to give up the car, knowing we see one again until next when the GTI is slated to reach shores (sold as a 2006 estimated MSRP: $23k). we could blow off the Paris and drive around France for day or two—or not. Everyone I to at the show the following day asked I thought about the new GTI.

I with two words: It is.

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