The Truth About Cars » volkswagen gti http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Digestible Collectible: 1984 Volkswagen GTI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/digestible-collectible-1984-volkswagen-gti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/digestible-collectible-1984-volkswagen-gti/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1294450 Once again, I’m dazzled by those wheels, just like the Quantum we looked at last week. I’m a sucker for clean, well-styled factory wheels: Oldsmobile Rally wheels, Fuchs found on Porsches, Rostyles worn by so many British cars. The Volkswagen “Snowflake” wheel is another that is difficult to improve upon by the aftermarket. For some reason, that hasn’t […]

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Once again, I’m dazzled by those wheels, just like the Quantum we looked at last week. I’m a sucker for clean, well-styled factory wheels: Oldsmobile Rally wheels, Fuchs found on Porsches, Rostyles worn by so many British cars. The Volkswagen “Snowflake” wheel is another that is difficult to improve upon by the aftermarket. For some reason, that hasn’t […]

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2015 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Update: 10,150 Miles of Fun http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2015-volkswagen-gti-long-term-update/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2015-volkswagen-gti-long-term-update/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236465 As my personal GTI is powered by gasoline, you might think this will be the first Volkswagen story you have read in the past three months that doesn’t mention Dieselgate. You’d be wrong. When Volkswagen admitted that their emission rigging scandal went beyond diesels — that there were “irregularities” with the reported CO2 emissions on some of their gas-powered […]

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As my personal GTI is powered by gasoline, you might think this will be the first Volkswagen story you have read in the past three months that doesn’t mention Dieselgate. You’d be wrong. When Volkswagen admitted that their emission rigging scandal went beyond diesels — that there were “irregularities” with the reported CO2 emissions on some of their gas-powered […]

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New or Used?: German Car Lover Wants Germanic German From Germany http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-used-german-car-lover-wants-germanic-german-germany/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/new-used-german-car-lover-wants-germanic-german-germany/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1223785 TTAC commentator tedward writes: Hey Steejeev, I thought I’d finally throw my hat into the ring as my wife and I are on the hunt for a second family car. We currently own a ’91 BMW 318is and a ’13 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen 2.5 — both manual, of course. In our previous lives as NYC residents, […]

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TTAC commentator tedward writes: Hey Steejeev, I thought I’d finally throw my hat into the ring as my wife and I are on the hunt for a second family car. We currently own a ’91 BMW 318is and a ’13 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen 2.5 — both manual, of course. In our previous lives as NYC residents, […]

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Torque Steer? What’s Torque Steer? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/torque-steer-whats-torque-steer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/torque-steer-whats-torque-steer/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=868770   How quaint it all seems, looking back 10 years and remembering how the enthusiast public was fretting about the Dodge Neon SRT-4 and its half-shaft threatening 250 lb-ft of torque.  How could a front-drive car put such twist through the front wheels? Well, now we’re dealing with Fusions and Sonatas putting down similar figures, […]

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  How quaint it all seems, looking back 10 years and remembering how the enthusiast public was fretting about the Dodge Neon SRT-4 and its half-shaft threatening 250 lb-ft of torque.  How could a front-drive car put such twist through the front wheels? Well, now we’re dealing with Fusions and Sonatas putting down similar figures, […]

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Review: 2015 Volkswagen GTI Performance Pack (Mk7) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/review-2015-volkswagen-gti-performance-pack-mk7/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/review-2015-volkswagen-gti-performance-pack-mk7/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=835977 After the first one, the second one, the worst one, and the star-crossed one, we’ve finally arrived at the Mk7 GTI. Good news: it’s worth the wait. After the mild update that turned the Mk5 into the lowered-expectations Mk6, this MQB Golf feels the entirely different car that it is. Longer, lower, wider, lighter, more […]

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After the first one, the second one, the worst one, and the star-crossed one, we’ve finally arrived at the Mk7 GTI. Good news: it’s worth the wait. After the mild update that turned the Mk5 into the lowered-expectations Mk6, this MQB Golf feels the entirely different car that it is. Longer, lower, wider, lighter, more […]

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“I” Before “E”, Except After “D” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/i-before-e-except-after-d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/i-before-e-except-after-d/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:46:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=750841 Joining the Volkswagen GTI and GTD is the new Golf GTE, a performance plug-in hybrid that puts down as much power as a GTI. According to AutoExpress, a prototype they drove last year hit 62 mph in 7.6 seconds while emitting 60 percent less CO2 than a Toyota Prius. Power comes from a 1.4L TSI 4-cylinder […]

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Joining the Volkswagen GTI and GTD is the new Golf GTE, a performance plug-in hybrid that puts down as much power as a GTI. According to AutoExpress, a prototype they drove last year hit 62 mph in 7.6 seconds while emitting 60 percent less CO2 than a Toyota Prius. Power comes from a 1.4L TSI 4-cylinder […]

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Volkswagen Cuts Sales Targets For US Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/volkswagen-cuts-sales-targets-for-us-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/volkswagen-cuts-sales-targets-for-us-dealers/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:30:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496971 Despite planning to sell 486,000 units in America this year, Volkswagen has trimmed its sales targets to 440,000 units, after shedding market share in the first half of 2013. The slowdown is sales has caused Volkswagen to offer aggressive incentives on vehicles, such as 0 percent financing across the board, while workers at its Chattanooga […]

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Despite planning to sell 486,000 units in America this year, Volkswagen has trimmed its sales targets to 440,000 units, after shedding market share in the first half of 2013. The slowdown is sales has caused Volkswagen to offer aggressive incentives on vehicles, such as 0 percent financing across the board, while workers at its Chattanooga […]

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Generation Why: California Dreaming – A Hot Hatch Comparison http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/generation-why-california-dreaming-a-hot-hatch-comparison/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/generation-why-california-dreaming-a-hot-hatch-comparison/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492701 If the first half of my automotive life was informed by Honda products, the second half was largely colored by “Sport Compact Car” magazine, which I still consider to be America’s finest automotive print magazine. From the age of 13 onward, I faithfully purchased SCC every month, enthralled by the idea of low-budget import car builds and […]

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If the first half of my automotive life was informed by Honda products, the second half was largely colored by “Sport Compact Car” magazine, which I still consider to be America’s finest automotive print magazine. From the age of 13 onward, I faithfully purchased SCC every month, enthralled by the idea of low-budget import car builds and […]

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Review: 2013 Ford Focus ST http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-ford-focus-st/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/review-2013-ford-focus-st/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:22:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464111 When you’ve reviewed over 600 cars, few new ones surprise you. With the polished road manners and granitic structure of a far more expensive car, the 2012 Ford Focus was one of the few. But its 160-horsepower engine, while easily adequate for daily driving, doesn’t provide the thrust many driving enthusiasts demand. For 2013, this […]

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When you’ve reviewed over 600 cars, few new ones surprise you. With the polished road manners and granitic structure of a far more expensive car, the 2012 Ford Focus was one of the few. But its 160-horsepower engine, while easily adequate for daily driving, doesn’t provide the thrust many driving enthusiasts demand. For 2013, this […]

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Volkswagen GTI MK 7 – Best In Show So Far?: Paris 2012 Live Shots http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/volkswagen-gti-mk-7-best-in-show-so-far-paris-2012-live-shots/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/volkswagen-gti-mk-7-best-in-show-so-far-paris-2012-live-shots/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:06:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462107   Yesterday’s coverage was fairly snarky, for the simple reason that none of the product was particularly compelling or exciting. But I love the look of the new VW GTI, especially in this blue hue. In my senior year of high school, my father bought a 2006 Jetta 2.0T with the DSG gearbox; it might […]

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  Yesterday’s coverage was fairly snarky, for the simple reason that none of the product was particularly compelling or exciting. But I love the look of the new VW GTI, especially in this blue hue. In my senior year of high school, my father bought a 2006 Jetta 2.0T with the DSG gearbox; it might […]

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Volkswagen GTI, Back In Plaid For The Seventh Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/volkswagen-gti-back-in-plaid-for-the-seventh-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/volkswagen-gti-back-in-plaid-for-the-seventh-time/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:26:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461724 Back for the seventh time, the Volkswagen GTI will be unveiled in person in about 24 hours, once the Paris Auto Show kicks off. The GTI will keep its 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder, making 217 horsepower. While it may seem like a modest figure, the current GTI is no slowpoke, and with the new one […]

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Back for the seventh time, the Volkswagen GTI will be unveiled in person in about 24 hours, once the Paris Auto Show kicks off. The GTI will keep its 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder, making 217 horsepower. While it may seem like a modest figure, the current GTI is no slowpoke, and with the new one […]

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Geneva 2012: Volkswagen GTI Cabriolet Proves Girls Just Wanna Go Fast http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-volkswagen-gti-cabriolet-proves-girls-just-wanna-go-fast/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-volkswagen-gti-cabriolet-proves-girls-just-wanna-go-fast/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:15:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433984 Volkswagen’s GTI Cabriolet debuted today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, making the Mazda MX-5 look like Caster Semanya in comparison. In Europe, Volkswagen not only gets the Eos, but a Golf Cabriolet as well. The big differences is the Golf has a cloth top, and now it gets a GTI variant. Mechanically, nothing has […]

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Volkswagen’s GTI Cabriolet debuted today at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, making the Mazda MX-5 look like Caster Semanya in comparison. In Europe, Volkswagen not only gets the Eos, but a Golf Cabriolet as well. The big differences is the Golf has a cloth top, and now it gets a GTI variant. Mechanically, nothing has […]

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