Volkswagen GTI, Back In Plaid For The Seventh Time

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
volkswagen gti back in plaid for the seventh time

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 shedding a couple hundred pounds, it should be even better to drive. The plaid interior stays as well. We’ll have to wait another day for full details.

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  • GTIandS6 GTIandS6 on Sep 26, 2012

    My friend had the timing belt and water pump done for her 2007 Passat at a New Jersey VW dealer for $850. My dealer in CT does the job for about the same amount.

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Sep 27, 2012

    I never understood the GTI until I owned one. It's not the fastest, most Luxurious, most economical, cheapest or even the most reliable car. It's not "the most" of just about anything. What it is, is a damn good combination of all of the above. That makes it a hard to beat package and a very likable car.

    • Dts187 Dts187 on Sep 27, 2012

      I was in the same boat. I was leaning toward a WRX but a test drive in the GTI changed my mind.

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  • Alan I would think Ford would beef up the drive line considering the torque increase, horse power isn't a factor here. I looked at a Harrop supercharger for my vehicle. Harrop offered two stages of performance. The first was a paltry 100hp to the wheels (12 000AUD)and the second was 250hp to the wheels ($20 000 (engine didn't rev harder so torque was significantly increased)). The Stage One had no drive line changes, but the Stage Two had drive line modifications. My vehicle weighs roughly the same as a full size pickup and the 400'ish hp I have is sufficient, I had little use for another 100 let alone 250hp. I couldn't see much difference in the actual supercharger setup other than a ratio change for the drive of the supercharger, so that extra $8 000 went into the drive line.
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