2010 Volkswagen GTI Unveiled: New Model Developed With Help of Legendary Racer Hans Stuck

The sixth generation GTI is set to launch any day now in Germany and Volkswagen has just released some (but not all) of the details on Germany’s hottest hatch. Not only does it get a new look and more powerful engine but is also comes with several new innovations and has been built with the input of legendary racer Hans-Joachim Stuck – a confessed GTI-freak.

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VW Golf GTI VI Concept

Technically VW is calling it a concept, but expect the sixth generation GTI to be almost identical to the version unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Looking quite similar to the mark V GTI, the VI sports a familiar turbo 2.0-liter engine. Power has been increased marginally, to 210hp (versus 200 on the outgoing model) and torque remains steady at 207 ft-lbs at 1800 rpm. This is good, says VW, for a 0-62 mph sprint of 7.2 seconds.

So, you might be asking yourself… what IS new on the “new” GTI?

For starters, the GTI VI will get an electronic LSD as a part of the ESP stability control system. Both systems will combine to make the GTI a safer and faster car.

Dynamic chassis control (DCC), which adjusts the vehicle’s shock sensitivity, will also be an option. The DCC system will have several settings, including Normal, Comfort and Sport, which can be chosen by the driver through a button on the dash. While it hasn’t been confirmed, we expect the DCC system to also adjust the throttle and steering sensitivity – as it does on other VW/Audi models.

As expected, the typical “plaid” interior will come standard. The interior will, however, receive a significant update with plenty of switches and buttons, including the climate control system, coming directly from the Passat CC.

Official press release after the jump:

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