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Day One: Street Test
Sporty cars are not dead. Rumors of their demise are premature. Thrill-packed machinery litters the automotive landscape, available to suit nearly every budget.
When it comes to motoring fun, one of the most intriguing segments is the under $30,000 price bracket, where several enticing choices can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk7 will be the first vehicle released on VW’s all new MQB platform, with a host of others to follow. Our spy photos of the car still don’t reveal any real styling details, but show off the shape and size of the newest generation VW.
The Golf will come with a wide range of powertrain options, with plug-in hybrid, gasoline and diesel engines all finding their way under the hood. The base model will receive a 1.4L four cylinder turbo engine capable of squeezing out 138 hp. There will also be 1.8L and 2.0L gas engines available. There will be two diesel options, a 2.0L producing 181-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque as well as a twin-turbo diesel with an output of 220 hp. The Golf GTI will reportedly get a 260 hp 2.0 liter turbo, making it a seriously sporty hot hatch.
The MQB platform uses aluminum construction to help the new Golf shed some serious weight for the 2013 redesign. Some new technological toys will be outfitted in the new VW as well, including an eight inch iPad style infotainment screen that includes adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection and even 360 degree parking sensors with semi-autonomous capability.
The new Golf will bow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.
GALLERY: 2013 Volkswagen Golf
Congratulations are in order for Volkswagen. The Routan has just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award, making it the ninth Volkswagen vehicle to receive this rating. This also means that Volkswagen has received the highest number of IIHS awards for vehicle safety.
Helping them reach this coveted spot, Volkswagen scored high marks with 2011 models including Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, CC, Passat, Tiguan, Touareg, Golf and GTI. To drive away with a Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must earn a rating of Good in the IIHS crash-test series, which includes front, side and rear crash tests, as well as pass the roof-strength test. That means that these VW vehicles provide the best overall protection in the most common accident situations.
“We’re delighted that the Routan has been given this prestigious award. We are even more delighted that Volkswagen now leads the American automotive industry with nine Top Safety Picks,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This is the reward for all the hard work we continually put in the development of new technologies for our cars.”
It’s always a treat to see an automaker roll out a modified version of one of their models. At Wörthersee this year, Volkswagen allowed their younger generation of employees to modify a Golf GTI for everyone to admire at the show. The Golf GTI Reifnitz, as it was named, in homage to where the event takes place, sports 370-hp, an impressive increase from the factory’s 210-hp figure.
Aiding in the performance increase is the addition of ARP’s Stage III turbo kit and intercooler. Complementing the turbo and cooling upgrade is an exhaust system from RSC. To give it some show to go along with the go, Volkswagen outfitted the GTI with a widebody kit and vented hood, which gives the Golf GTI an even more aggressive profile. The paint scheme is pretty unique too, sporting a red, white and prominent blue theme.
Inside, Volkswagen gave the GTI Reifnitz a race-inspired theme, gutting the interior and tightening up the chassis with a roll cage. For seats, Alcantara-clad racing buckets were tossed in.