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#1 of 18 Volkswagen Golf V GTI
May 26, 2004 (8:18 am)
NEXT GOLF GTI TURNS UP HEAT
Exclusive spy images reveal the production version of the new VW Golf GTI as it began a series of performance tests high up in the Austrian Alps.
While the GTI badges are missing in the shots, there's no doubt what this car is. The undisguised model is almost identical to 2003's Frankfurt Motor Show concept.
The sporty hatch is fitted with the honeycomb grille and 18-inch wheels that first appeared on last year's exhibition star. And while the car in our pictures is a three-door, a five-door version will be available, too.
Deep side skirts also feature on the Honda Civic Type R rival, while at the back there's a neat spoiler, a lower bumper and prominent twin-pipe exhausts. The first model to hit the road will be a 200bhp 2.0-litre FSI turbo.
However, this car is widely expected to be followed by an entry-level 2.0-litre variant aimed at younger drivers who attract high insurance premiums. And there will definitely be a 2.0-litre TDI version, with around 180bhp, given that the original 150bhp GT TDI was one of the fastest-selling models of all-time.
A range-topping R32 replacement - powered by a 3.2-litre V6 - is also being tested, and will offer around 255bhp and all-wheel drive when it arrives next year. The DSG sequential gearbox, currently fitted to the Touran and Audi TT V6, will be available on all models as a cost option. Six-speed manual units will be standard across the range.
Inside, expect back-lit dials, plenty of GTI badging plus special metal finishes to the centre console and instrument clusters. Bespoke sports seats fitted to the Frankfurt show car are also tipped to make production, providing plenty of support to driver and passengers.
The showroom-ready Golf GTI will be unveiled at September's Paris Motor Show. Expect the first lucky owners to take delivery of their models in January, with prices starting at around £20,000.
#2 of 18 how many doors on GTI?
May 26, 2004 (10:21 am)
I've read reports that only 3 doors will be available on the GTI. Anyone know if this is true, or might there possibly be a 5 door version?
#3 of 18 3 door only
May 26, 2004 (10:47 am)
Three doors and it will be a 2006 model. Will be manufactured in the Puebla, Mexico plant.
#4 of 18 Re: how many doors on GTI? [carman123 #2]
May 26, 2004 (10:49 am)
I doubt that US versions will have 4 doors with hatch. I think the 4dr versions look classier and are obviously more versatile.
The MarkV's rear wheel cut-outs are ugly, I think they should be symmetrical like the Mark IVs.
Unfortunately, we(U.S.) wont see the high HP versions of the diesel - I guess our emission standards are tougher than the rest of the world (we must be smarter than everyone else - yeah, right!)
May 26, 2004 (2:38 pm)
Yeah what's up with bigger wheel wells in the front then back??? Otherwise I like the new GTi.
#6 of 18 A photo I took at autostadt the new Golf V
Jul 05, 2004 (9:53 am)
My trip to autostadt was a dream come true. Here are a few pics of the new Golf.
Aug 21, 2004 (11:13 pm)
hey, if u look at most cars the wheel arch in the front is usually bigger, the rear is probably smaller to create more rear cargo room
#8 of 18 "The GTI's sporting character will be enhanced by a quicker steering rack and firmer suspension set-up
Sep 08, 2004 (10:20 pm)
than less performance-oriented Golfs. Two gearboxes will feature - a standard six-speed manual, or VW's quick-changing DSG auto, which will first be available on the five-door and cost £1,500 over the normal car's £19,995 list price."
#10 of 18 Re: [revdrluv]
Sep 12, 2004 (4:25 pm)
The car is front wheel drive, so the wheels are a little bigger in front for more traction. Many after market mod's include larger front wheels and tire combinations. Consider the front wheel-drive Porsche's, also: I believe the 944 and probably the 968 or whatever it was in the early 90's had bigger front tires.