2010 Volkswagen GTI Top 5 Changes -- #1

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In front-wheel drive cars like the GTI, the front wheels have the double-duty task of delivering the power and directing the vehicle. Try to accelerate quickly out of a tight corner and, in extreme instances, the vehicle will neither turn nor accelerate. Perhaps the biggest performance improvement in the 2010 Volkswagen GTI is the addition of a new electronic transverse differential lock (XDS). If coming out of a corner you accelerate hard enough to spin the unloaded inside wheel, the system applies brake force to that wheel and forces energy to the outside wheel. We were skeptical about a system that uses the brakes to deliver higher speeds -- and pleasantly surprised by the results.


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