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, and its GTI variant is widely regarded as having created the pocket rocket genre. The sixth-generation of each will arrive in the U.S. in 2009, with the GTI showing up first next summer. Even with a totally new face and taillights, the overall design change is distinctly evolutionary. Indeed, some of the underpinnings have been carried over from the current model. The next GTI will feature the same familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter as today's version, but with a 10-pony bump to 210 horsepower. Torque will remain unchanged at 207 pound-feet, as will the transmission lineup that includes a choice of six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes. The Mark VI GTI will be the first, however, to offer an electronic limited-slip differential that should provide for quicker corner exits. Also new is an Adaptive Chassis Control system with normal, comfort and sport modes for suspension and steering. VW claims they've further improved an interior that we already felt was by far the most refined in its class.