Volkswagen is on the verge of bringing its seventh generation Golf hatchback. The much awaited car is expected to come to dealerships by 2012-end or beginning of 2013.
For me the VW Golf R is a pretty solid and powerful commuter considering the segment it belongs to but there are a few who beg to differ. For them, Abt Sportsline has introduced a powerful version of the Golf R which manages to hit the 266 hp mark courtesy of a 2.0L TSI engine under normal circumstances. The Abt magic helps the Golf R achieve 306 hp and the additional pony count helps the car dash from to 100km/h in an impressive 5.2 seconds with an overall top-speed of 261/km/h. The Abt Golf VI GTI influence can also be seen on the Abt Golf R with similar front skirting, front lip spoiler and Abt daytime running lights.
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
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.
If you are looking for a fabulous tuning kit that not just touches up on the exterior, but gives you some “wow” under the hood, then the Abt Golf VI, making its debut at Essen, is the end of your search. The tuning kit of Abt upgrades your vehicle giving you two different options to choose from. The conventional 122 hp 1.4-litre is expanded to 160 hp and even the 2.0 TFSI gets upgraded from 210 hp to 240 hp, offering you a choice with the power that flows from underneath that hood. The options are both efficient and help your car get lighter and faster with ease. Then there are the additional Abt threaded suspension and breaking systems which match the new performance of the car. Abt also packs some changes to the front grill, rear spoiler, alloy wheels and a lot more. But it is the modifications to what is inside the hood, which still look most impressive.
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?
Oh the Volkswagen Golf, creme de la creme for what VW have ever built in the middle segment is one of the most popular car ever built. Take the VW Golf 6 and the rumors behind the new design and you’ll see what I mean. You may wonder why I’ve told you all these, but from the title I’m pretty sure you already have a very very good idea.
Yes guys, we have a full gallery of pictures with the new VW Golf Mk6 and it’s ready and waiting for all your comments. Do you like it? Would you buy one or stick with the original/standard version?
All images via our buddies at WCF