Hot New 2010 GTI!
Oct. 8, 2008
VW's new sixth-generation GTI catches up on old times with the original.
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Volkswagen is really cranking up the heat on the 2010 GTI hot-hatch — which gets sportier styling, an uprated turbo engine, plus other go-fast enhancements.
It's amazing how different a car can look when, essentially, it is the same.
Despite sharing its platform and size with the previous generation and carrying over many components, this new GTI appears sleeker and more aggressive — thanks to trick styling that includes more-horizontal head- and taillamps, as well as finely defined character creases.
The headlamps look to be scowling and work well with the big blacked-out lower air dam and the foglamps, which are pushed out to the edges where they are most useful and where they further enhance the car's wide profile.
The taillamps mimic those of VW's luxury offerings, the Touareg SUV and Phaeton sedan, with red circles that peek from behind darker red housings. They look great.
Two separate chrome exhaust pipes further add to the GTI's sportier stance and replace the previous car's two smaller pipes coupled together at one side.
The GTI's new high-quality interior
A large roof spoiler and lower diffuser aid aerodynamics and provide down force at high speeds.
Thankfully gone are the GTI's boring slab sides. Creases follow VW's latest design philosophy that began earlier this year with the Passat CC and Scirocco. They not only run from the GTI's head to tail but also integrate nicely into other elements such as the lights and bumpers. The overall appearance is far more interesting.
The powerful and efficient 2.0T turbo four-cylinder now churns out 210 horsepower (up by 10). Other technical highlights include an integrated electronic limited-slip differential and Dynamic Chassis Control.
Of course, popular GTI cues are still here — a high-quality interior, flat-bottom leather steering wheel, plaid seats, alloy pedals, red around the grille, and classic GTI emblems.
This retooled GTI will hit European roads by the summer and North American roads in the autumn.
It's being called a concept while currently on display at the Paris auto show — but only because show organizers require the moniker on vehicles that are more than six months from hitting the market.
Also see: GTI Photos