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Volkswagen Golf GTI: Sporting Icon Zooms In With Top Notch VW Performance Parts
by: Jenny McLane
The 2005 Volkswagen GTI is a 2-door, 5-passenger sports coupe, available in two trims, the 1.8T and the VR6. The new GTI boasts a top speed of 145mph and will hit 62mph from rest in just 7.2 seconds on the six-speed manual version combining for the first time FSI technology with a turbo charger. This unique combination also gives the added benefit of excellent fuel consumption for a hot hatch, averaging 35mpg.

The Golf is available in four models: GL and GLS in two door or four door configurations. Both trims can be equipped with either a 1.9L 100 horsepower turbo diesel engine or a 2.0L 115 horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Available options on all models include an OnStar Telematics Communication System, electronic stability traction control, and port-installed six-disc compact disc changer and front and rear mudguards. The Cold Weather Package, available only on GLS models only, includes heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles. A Monsoon sound system comes standard on the all GLS model.

Overall length increases by 2.3 inches, it's wider by one inch and it's taller by 1.5 inches. Underneath the sheet metal is an all-new suspension with a strut-type front and multilink rear layout combined with electromechanical steering.

The GTI is powered by a turbo charged version of the 2.0 litre petrol engine first seen in the Audi A3 Sportback. It has six-speed manual gearbox or the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) clutchless sequential shift set-up.

It has 80 percent increases in torsional rigidity and a 200-horsepower turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine. It also develops exactly twice the torque of the original 1.6-litre Mk1 GTI's engine.

Other features include stability control, power lumbar seat adjustment, automatic climate control and a navigation system, a honeycomb grill, unique bumpers, roof spoiler, twin exhausts, 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, GTi badging, some more features include unique bumpers, twin exhaust pipes, black sills and red brake calipers.

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About the author:
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.

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