2009 Volkswagen GTI news, pictures, and information
2009 GTI: THE ICONIC HOT HATCH THAT'S ALWAYS READY FOR TAKE OFFLike the original 'hot hatch' icon that first appeared on Ú.S. shores in 1983, the 2009 GTI serves as Volkswagen's shining example of what affordable, sporty performance looks like — and acts like. With a starting price of $22,990, the latest GTI offers all the refinement and technology found on vehicles that cost thousands more. More than anything else, the GTI delivers an exhilarating driving experience — enhanced via a lowered 'sport stance'
suspension — that strikes directly at the hearts and souls of those wîth an affinity for the brand and authentic European engineering.
• Optional Autobahn package
• Standard equipped ESP
• 2.0-liter FSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine
• Úpgraded 4 wheel disc brakes
Engine and Transmission
The heart of the GTI's performance capability comes in the form of its 2.0-liter FSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 16-valve DOHC gasoline powerplant wîth a high compression ratio of 10.6:1 and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters for smooth, worry-free operation.
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 200 hp
Torque: 207 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Engineered to the GTI promise, the 2.0T engine produces 200 horsepower at 5100 rpm and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque between 1800 and 5000 rpm. When combined wîth a standard six-speed manual transmission, it takes the GTI from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds and to an electronically governed top speed of 130 mph. Yet -- wîth redline at just 6,500 rpm -- power delivery is smooth and relaxed, evident by the 7.5-second acceleration from 37 to 62 mph in fifth gear.
With the six-speed manual transmission, the 2009 GTI delivers a very efficient EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. When equipped wîth an optional, advanced automatic DSG® transmission, the GTI
travels from 0-60 mph in a mere 6.9 seconds without sacrificing efficiency. The EPAestimated fuel economy of the GTI wîth DSG is 29 mpg in highway driving and 22 mpg in city driving conditions.
Like the 2.0T FSI engine, the dual-clutch DSG transmission is one of the GTI's technical highlights. It utilizes direct shifting that automatically engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal. A computer engages one clutch on the next gear that's needed, just as it releases the other clutch from the previous gear. The shifts
are seamless and happen without the power loss associated wîth a traditional clutched shift.
Launch Control, combined wîth the DSG transmission, helps get the GTI off the line a little faster and wîth a little more 'show.' The Launch Control program allows the engine to rev before the first clutch is engaged. The result is a controlled wheel-spin at launch.
The DSG transmission gives drivers a choice of fully-automatic operation, wîth no further driver involvement necessary beyond selecting 'D.' The advanced transmission also offers automated manual shifting for drivers who prefer to be more involved in the gear-change process. The DSG wîth Volkswagen Tiptronic® lets drivers shift gears up and down wîth a tap of the gearshift selector or finger-operated shiftpaddles mounted to the §teering wheel.
Chassis and Suspension
Beneath the 2009 GTI is a fully independent, sports-tuned suspension, a refinement that enhances overall vehicle dynamics and the hot hatch's cornering agility. The front suspension incorporates a proven McPherson strut configuration wîth lower wishbones; aluminum subframe for reduced unsprung mass; tubular stabilizer bar;
and track stabilization §teering roll radius that helps create a more direct §teering ratio and reduces body roll tendencies in tight turns.
The sophisticated four-link independent rear suspension carries a separate spring/shock absorber arrangement; subframe; and tubular stabilizer bar — the result is an optimal marriage of sporty performance wîth enhanced rear seat ride comfort. The configuration also enables a larger rear hatch opening for more cargo.
Large disc brakes (312- x 25-mm front/286- x 12-mm rear) are nestled behind 17- inch alloy wheels and are showcased via red-painted calipers. The GTI continues its mission as a driver's car wîth handling precision enabled via its electromechanical power rack-and-pinion §teering system wîth a 15.6:1 §teering ratio. The system is tuned to ensure extremely good on-center feel, confident straight-line, and exceptional responsiveness to inputs that results in a connected-to-the-road feel. At the same time, it provides the added capability of active-return §teering and straight-ahead driving correction assistance.
Active and Passive Safety
The 2009 GTI comes wîth a three channel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS); Antislip Regulation (ASR); Electronic Differential Lock (EDL); Engine Braking Assist (EBA); Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP®). All are standard equipment on every GTI offering, and ESP is standard on all
2009 model year Volkswagen vehicles.
Like all Volkswagens, the GTI includes the Prevent and Preserve Safety System, consisting of more than 45 safety features. As standard equipment, the GTI includes — but is not limited to -- six airbags (dual front; dual front side thorax; and side curtains); optimized head restraints; front seatbelt pretensioners wîth load limiters; and three-point
safety belts in all five seating positions (two front, three rear). On the four-door, rear side airbags are available as an option, as are rear outboard safety belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters.
The GTI's exterior — whether in two- or four-door form -- is distinguishable by its large, black honeycomb grille wîth a defining red strip outlining the radiator portion. The famous GTI badge sits proudly at the front of the car on the passenger's side. The honeycomb design of the grille is carried to the lower front fascia wîth halogen
fog lights. Higher up at the hood/fender intersection, the headlight housings incorporate high-intensity gas-discharge headlamps (Xenon). Distinctive bumpers, widened black sill panels and darkened headlight housings all
add to the exterior appearance. Low-profile all season performance tires are standard.
Summer performance tires are an available option.
Larger 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof also are available options.
Seats designed for the GTI offer maximum comfort wîth the best possible side bolsters and sporty looks. Eight-way, manual sport fabric seats are standard wîth adjustable head restraints in all seating positions. Both front seats also include adjustable lumbar support and are heated. On two-door models, both front seats incorporate the
Easy Entry System for improved access to the rear seats.
The 2009 GTI has a standard three-spoke flat bottom §teering wheel, wîth aluminum trim, covered wîth perforated leather for a perfect grip. Aluminum also is highlighted on the gearshift knob, the trim inserts and the pedal cluster. Sporty brushedmetal accents surround the A/C controls and stereo unit, and the instrument panel gauges are aluminum and black wîth a chrome surround.
The standard stereo in the GTI includes theft deterrence. The sound system consists of a 10-speaker, AM/FM/Sirius™ satellite radio, in-dash six-disc CD changer wîth MP3 format readability, and auxiliary input jack. An iPod adapter — located in the frontcenter armrest — is optional.
An optional Autobahn package is available on all 2009 GTI offerings and adds top sport seats wîth leather seating surfaces. Also available on all GTIs is a new MDI (Media Device Interface) Touch-Screen Navigation System. The system enables visual and audible commands through a color center console display as well as a multi-function onboard computer display in the instrument cluster. The MDI feature enables control and playback of iPod and/or ÚSB devices through the system.
The 2009 GTI comes wîth 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years or 50,000 miles (whichever occurs first), plus new vehicle warranties including:
• Five-year/60,000 mile (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty.
• Three-year/36,000 mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty wîth wear and tear items and adjustments.
• 12-year unlimited distance Limited Warranty against corrosion perforation.
The GTI, like all 2009 model year Volkswagens, is included in the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. Únder this program all of the GTI's scheduled maintenance, as described in its maintenance booklet, is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Warranty—three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Since all current Volkswagens, including GTI, use synthetic oil, combined wîth state-of-the-art German engineering, a 5,000 mile oil change no longer is necessary. This means that like all current Volkswagen owners, GTI drivers can drive farther between oil changes.Source - Volkswagen
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF NAMED WORLD CAR OF THE YEARThe Volkswagen Golf was honored as the 2009 World Car of the Year. A jury comprised of fifty-nine international automotive journalists from twenty-five countries around the world chose this year's World Car of the Year, which was announced this morning at a news conference during the New York International Auto Show.
'It is a tremendous honor for Volkswagen to have its global best selling model, the Golf, named the 2009 World Car of the Year,' said Stefan Jacoby, President/CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. 'This is a great way to kick-off the new Golf here in America. We're excited for the arrival of the sixth generation Golf, which will be in Volkswagen showrooms later this year. Simply put, we believe this is the best Golf ever.'
The Golf, a perennial favorite in the Volkswagen line-up, has sold more than 26 million units in 120 countries, making it one of the top selling vehicles of all-time. The new sixth generation Golf first debuted at the Paris Motor show last fall, and made its Ú.S. debut at this year's New York International Auto Show. The Golf has been designed to be quieter, sportier, fuel efficient and present a clean, distinctive appearance that — staying true to Volkswagen — is fun-to-drive.
The new Golf embodies Volkswagen's product strategy aimed to sharpen the brand design in all classes and apply greater global consistency among model names. These steps are intended to leverage the offerings of the world's third largest automaker as it looks to increase sales and market share. The 2010 Golf will be available in dealer showrooms across the Ú.S. this fall in gasoline and TDI versions.Source - Volkswagen
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