Performance hatchback enthusiasts brace for impact! The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is locked, loaded and aimed at America.
The market’s original hot hatchback is now in its seventh generation. Like the Golf on which it’s based, the 2015 model is slightly larger and more spacious. It also shares the same basic design as the standard car but it’s more aggressive looking.
Under the hood it features a familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Final output figures have not been released at this time but the little dynamo is expected to deliver a healthy 210 horsepower with an even healthier serving of torque: 258 lb-ft. Power is routed to the GTI’s front wheels via one of two six-speed transmissions, a dual-clutch automatic or a proper manual.
The GTI, like all versions of the Golf, features Volkswagen’s XDS electronic differential lock. A battery of sensors monitor slippage; if it’s detected torque can be transferred to the front wheel with the most grip. This improves both handling and traction.
Look for the 2015 Volkswagen GTI at dealerships next year. Pricing is still unannounced.
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