Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI series offers an affordable and well-made option for those looking for performance as well as economy. As a long-running model, the GTI expects to fare well both in new sales and as a used car.

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Volkswagen GTI Origins

The early 1900s saw a massive push by forward thinking people and companies into the virtually brand-new automotive industry. Both in the U.S. and in Europe brilliant engineers and planners created the predecessors of the cars, trucks, and SUVs consumers enjoy today. The Volkswagen company provides no exception. This company had a bit of a late start compared to some of the American companies with its doors opening in 1938 at a brand-new plant.

World War II brought some changes to the plant, and the people there received orders to make armaments for the German army. Thousands of people were forced to work in the plant, such as prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners.

Fortunately, following the war, when Volkswagen came under the responsibility of the British Military Government, the company turned its attention back to building cars and the famous Beetle came into production in 1945.

Since that time, the designers and engineers of Volkswagen have continued to offer all kinds of cars and vans for the public. In addition to the Volkswagen Beetle car and van, the company also produces the GTI. This series has become one of Volkswagen’s most popular models.

About the Volkswagen GTI

The one thing Volkswagen has been known for since the beginning is producing affordable cars and vehicles people can rely on. With the GTI series, it continues this tradition. Over its years of production, there have been a variety of changes made to the series, but it has always been known for its reliability and driver-friendly features. The GTI, in its earliest form, often receives credit for bringing the hatchback craze to the American public. With it comes a new appreciation for the smaller and more fuel-efficient car options.

The GTI series from Volkswagen draws on the Rabbit and Golf series also produced by the German carmaker. With the GTI series, however, Volkswagen chooses to experiment a bit by adding more powerful engines and shaper suspension systems to boost the power and performance of the car. The result has been an overwhelming success, especially among Volkswagen fans.

Volkswagen GTI Features

The modern Volkswagen GTI makes another appearance as a performance model of the Golf. Much like in past generations, the GTI comes equipped to provide drivers with higher speeds and better performance than the more sedate Golf series. This model also offers a reasonable price tag compared to other hatchbacks with this kind of performance and powertrain. Interested buyers will find the GTI available in two- and four-door body styles as well as two trim levels, the base and the Autobauhn.

The base model features a variety of very nice standard amenities such as a sport suspension system, full power accessories, and cruise control. This model also features a trip computer, an eight-speaker sound system complete with a CD player, and heated front seats. The upgraded Autobahn naturally has all of those features and several more. This version comes equipped with 18-inch wheels, an upgraded sound system, and keyless entry and ignition.

Both the base and the Autobahn remain similar under the hood. Volkswagen has given these cars a turbo 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine. A standard six-speed manual transmission couples with the motor. It also offers an optional six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission or DSG for short.

Volkswagen GTI Evolution

Used car buyers can most likely find the GTI available from the fourth generation to the current one. The fourth generation saw production from 1999 to 2006. These cars come equipped with a 2.0-liter engine in its GLS trim level. This model offers either a manual or automatic transmission. The GLX differs a bit with a 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that pairs with a manual transmission system only.

The fifth generation debuted in the middle of the 2006 model year and continued until 2010 when the sixth generation began. For the fifth generation, Volkswagen equips with GTI with a turbo charge, four-cylinder motor. Buyers can also choose from a standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional DSG transmission system. This generation only comes in the two-door body style for the first year of production. By the 2007 model year, the four-door version joined the lineup again.

While the past versions of the GTI provide good choices for a used car purchase, since the models vary so much, buyers must pay attention to the various aspects of each generation and model year.

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