2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and 1984 Rabbit GTI – First Look and Review

Fahrvergnügen Continues, 30 Years Down the Road

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Compared to the outgoing sixth-generation GTI, the 2015 model has a much roomier cabin. The increase in shoulder room is substantial, and there’s more rear legroom as well.

Under the hood, it comes with a more powerful turbocharged and direct-injection engine that’s up by ten horses to 210 but more importantly has gained 51 pound-feet of torque, bringing that figure to 258.

Outside, it has great looking 18” alloy wheels and a red character line that passes through the grille to the headlights. This almost gets lost (as do the red GTI brake calipers) with the Tornado Red color that VW likes to use to show off its GTIs.

GTI-specific front and rear fascias and the series of horizontal strakes on either side of the mesh pattern grille evoke the Audi R8.   Side skirts and a roof spoiler complete the look.


The GTI is also available in white, black, silver, and grey but the Night Blue Metallic would probably look pretty hot here.

Unlike the bordello-red 1984 GTI, the contemporary version is rather restrained with excellent ergonomics.  The dimpled golf-ball shifter is of course present 30 years later as well, at least on manual-transmission cars.

Standard features include VW’s Car-Net telematics system, a touchscreen sound system, and a sport-tuned suspension.  A limited slip differential is optional.

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