Spun from the Gen VI Golf platform that was redesigned for 2010, the new GTI embodies a commendably sophisticated, albeit front-drive-only Teutonic take on total performance. Like its counterpart in the Audi TT, the GTI's 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine makes 200 horsepower whether backed by the standard six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed paddle-shifted dual-clutch "DSG" alternative. In addition to a host of computer-assisted dynamic handling controls, the sport suspension in this high-velocity Volkswagen is now complemented by a new standard torque-vectoring electronic limited slip differential. With cabin amenities that extend from deeply-bolstered sport buckets and a flat-bottom steering wheel to custom instrumentation and SIRIUS Satellite Radio plus iPod/Bluetooth connectivity, both the three-door and five-door hatchback models help you make the most of even mundane daily commutes.
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