The 2008 Volkswagen GTI is a performance hatchback that is offered in both two and four door models. The GTI embraces all the value and practicality of the Rabbit compact car on which it is based, but with a more powerful engine and a wealth of performance upgrades.
Among these upgrades are a stiffer suspension, heat resistant racing-red painted brake calipers, and a sporty honeycomb grille with red accents. New for 2008 is a lower ride height that has been dropped 0.6 inches for better handling.
Power for the GTI comes from a lively two liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 200 horsepower. Either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission sends power to the front wheels.
The GTI comes standard with a 5 year, 60,000 mile drive train warranty.
Fuel economy is 21 miles per gallon city, 29 miles per gallon highway.
Base MSRP for the 2008 Volkswagen GTI is $22,730. A fully loaded GTI can cost as much as $30,000. One option we suggest is the revolver-esque 18-inch Hufeisen alloy wheels.
The 2008 Volkswagen GTI carries on the tradition of the name plate by providing a sporty and nimble yet affordable performance hatchback that can hold its own through those tight curves and open highway stretches.