40 years ago, the Volkswagen Golf GTI was available with a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine developing only 110 PS for its tiny 832 kilogram body. 2013 brings the seventh generation GTI, which is not only a more practical car, but also has 220 PS in stock form, exactly twice as much as the original. Cool, huh!
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However, this is not the stock car, it's the GTI Performace, which has a factory installed power kit that lifts output to 230 PS. That might not sound like much when you consider its rivals have at between 20 and 50 PS more, but the EA888-gen 2.0 TSI engine also delivers a massive 350 Nm of torque and is 18% more efficient than before.
We relish the chance to see the new Golf GTI on the track, in its element, as footage shot at the Nurburgring shows this is a sportscar for the whole family, a rocket with seats and awesome double exhaust.
Before he dies, every man should drive an Alfa, but for the rest of his life he'll be better off with a Golf GTI.
Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida. Full profile
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