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Point and Shoot: The New Golf VI GTi

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2009, 6 Comments


I recently took the new VW Golf VI for a ride to see how much has really changed since the Mk5. After the success of the Mk5, it was clear that the Mk6 had much to live up to.

The moment I left the driveway I could tell the ride is much softer than it was which made me a bit concerned as to whether it would have any effect on handling. I am happy to report that is not the case. The Mk6 now features VW’s EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) which works by applying pressure to front inner wheel exactly where it is needed on fast cornering to prevent spinning. This maximizes traction, reduces under steer and improves response.

The Mk6 manages to achieve a perfect and subtle blend between performance handling and comfort driving. Under intense driving the GTi has a steering pulse which alerts you that the limit of traction is about to be reached, so you don’t end up sliding into a ditch.


So handling wise the car hits the nail on the head once again, but performance was the one area where the Mk5 needed attention since it was outperformed by the other hot hatches. VW’s answer was to make the engine 3kg lighter and adding on a supercharger to the turbocharged 2.0l engine increasing the power output to 155kw and 280Nm torque, with the torque kicking in at 1800rpm. This launches the GTi from 0 – 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 240km/h. In the DSG model, which is the same one I drove, you get a dual clutch semi-auto gearbox, so the one clutch is leading while the other preselects the next gear, making gear changes smoother and quicker.

As both a family and performance car the Golf GTi is an absolute pleasure. With a 275 liter boot, loads of legroom and an impressive 6.1 liters per 100km, it’s a perfect blend of the two. You can really point its nose in the direction you want to go and shoot at it. Safety features include ABS, EBD, ESP, adjustable whiplash optimized head restraints and 7 airbags, making the GTi one of the safest cars ever built and giving it 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

There are a couple of other cars to choose from in the same price class as the Mk6 GTi, but for a balanced combination of speed, luxury, reliability and practicality I’d say the GTi is certainly one of the best.

Article by Dewildt Smith

RDX Body Kit for the Volkswagen Golf VI

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2009, 3 Comments

The Volkswagen Golf VI is somehow a very simple commuter that does well with a bit of a trimming job. In case you posses one, RDX Racedesign has come up with a very impressive styling kit for the Golf VI which promises to render the bunny stylish.

RDX Body Kit for the Volkswagen Golf VI

It offers a front spoiler extension (Price: €149), aggressive side skirts (Price: €149) and a modified rear skirt (Price: €149) which has a diffuser that can be outfitted in a number of color options. There is also a roof spoiler (Price: €149) and headlight masks (Price: €149). With all these parts individually bearing the same price you can keep factoring them in one by one. Also, all these parts come with a general operating license and a two-year warranty against material and manufacturing defects. The first 50 customers to purchase the entire kit will get it for €579 instead of the €645-so what are you thinking!

Golf VI Plus sets wheel at Bologna Motor Show

Published by on Dec 4th, 2008, No Comments

Volkswagen is all set to forget about the disaster that the Golf V Plus was in terms of wooing consumers and sales numbers and has moved forward with the Golf VI Plus which is all set to debut at the Bologna Motor Show. The upgraded version of the fifth vesion sports narrower headlights, a lower profile, redesigned roof rails and a more attractive look. The interiors of the VI Plus though surprisingly remain unaltered from the Golf V Plus and it is powered by the likes of 2.0-litre TDI, 1.4 TSI under its hood. For now, the price tag on the Golf VI Plus is not yet known.


Published by on Oct 23rd, 2008, 5 Comments

Since the new Golf 6 is the most disputed car on Car Blog, I’m pretty sure some of you will definitely enjoy the new VW Golf GTI MkVI that was presented during the Paris Motor Show. Inspired from the GTI W12 650 Concept the model isn’t due to be released on the market until Spring 2009, but it will be big. Technically the new GTI haven’t changed much, except for the the front bumper that features a one piece air intake and a set of fog lights and has a widebody appearance. It does have a little Scirocco and I’m not only talking about the outside, but also under the hood. The engines outputs 10 more bhp, to a total of 207 bhp while the emissions are down by 11g/km. Like it?

VW Golf VI BlueMotion Revealed

Published by on Sep 9th, 2008, 2 Comments

Obviously, the last few days have been great for VW’s Golf. We have the new design, we told you yesterday about the new Mk6 but today it’s something different.

The new Golf VI BlueMotion Concept has been revealed today with a a 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS and 184 lbs-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. But the most important thing with this BlueMotion is that the engine gets an impressive 74.3 mpg (combined) while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2. It also runs on a set of low rolling resistance tyres, has some sort of optimised aerodynamics and includes a revised five speed gearbox.

The specs aren’t bad either. 11.3 seconds to get from 0 to 62mph (100kmh) and a top speed of 117 mph. South Africa should probably get it mid 2009, so if you need a frugal car maybe you can wait for the new VW Golf 6 BlueMotion.

New VW Golf VI Photos

Published by on Aug 4th, 2008, 15 Comments

Ladies and gents we have what everyone has been looking for lately. The new Volkswagen Golf VI photos which leaked out just a couple of days ahead of the official media release. Public debut is set for October at the Parisian motor show but meanwhile let’s see what changed.

After spending too much money on building Golf V which had a great interior, good performances but an unimpressive exterior, with a long production time and high costs, the company is now trying to sell the new model (Golf 6) like hot bread. Based on the current MK V platform, with an exterior by Walter de Silva, somewhat sexier and with a more aggressive stance, the new Golf VI will have three and five door versions, a cabriolet (nothing certain yet) and of course the GTI.

The big news include the 1.6-liter TFSI engine that develops some 200 hp, 1.0-liter or 1.2-liter engines that develop 75 hp, and the twin-drive plug-in hybrid model. If you’re in for the GTI it should sport 230 hp while the R32 is going to expose nothing less than 265 hp.

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