San Francisco--We\"ve been very, really patient, wait for this 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The seventh-generation GTI debuted together a concept, tantalizingly close to production, in September 2012 in ~ the Paris motor Show. Volkswagen adhered to up through the production version the adhering to March, at the 2013 Geneva motor Show, and also our europe editor, Georg Kacher, drove the in France that exact same month. A couple of months later, also in France, west shore editor Michael Jordan had a rotate behind the wheel. Both gentlemen appreciated themselves tremendously, however the remainder of us at Automobile Magazine had to bide ours time, just like you.

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Now, only weeks before the 2015 Golf GTI lastly reaches U.S. Showrooms, we\"re acquiring our first opportunity, albeit a short one, to journey the auto on American soil. Throughout the only from mountain Francisco, in Richmond, Volkswagen has actually a fleet the Golfs and Golf GTIs in ~ Craneway Pavilion, a dramatic, Albert Kahn-designed, prewar facility that was when a Ford Motor agency assembly factory, of all things.


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At very first glance, you\"ll barely know that the 2015 VW GTI is a brand-new car. Look much more carefully, though, and you\"ll realize the this Mk7 execution is indeed different from its predecessor. View the crisper body lines; the geometrically shame five-spoke wheels; the new front fender badges; and also the new front-end design with LED fog lights collection into influential horizontal strakes neighboring a mesh lower grille. The horizontal, body-color heat that used to stretch between the headlights currently goes all the way through the headlights, separating them native the revolve signals. Still, if the 2015 GTI has lots of various details contrasted with the outgoing 2014 GTI, they\"re every pretty subtle to the casual observer.


I\"m handed the crucial to a Tornado Red 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI S with manual transmission and also the power Pack. I open the door to view a familiar but freshened inner with the famous plaid cloth seats. (Leather is optional.) They space comfortable and supportive, yet not aggressively bolstered. As soon as you clear up in, you master the flat-bottomed steering wheel, which has actually a pickled in salt that\"s just the best thickness. Left foot to the floor, best foot on the brake, right index finger access time the start switch that\"s situated near the gearshifter, and I hear the stable thrum that the EA288 2.0-liter turbocharged and also direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Through 210 hp and also 258 lb-ft of torque, it\"s pass 10 an ext hp and secondary 51 lb-ft come the party as contrasted with the Mk6\"s engine.


A soft clutch take-up segues perfect to the linear movement the the gas pedal, and I\"m effortlessly moving the gearshifter with the first couple of gears together I head come the 580 freeway. Ns hit the \"mode\" button and select sport setups for the steering and also engine. Before long, I\"m up on san Pablo Dam Road, a great, fast, hilly stretch that follows the mountain Pablo Reservoir. The razor-sharp steering, the torquey engine, and also the great visibility all come into play here.


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I have actually lots of miles in the GTI Mk5 and also Mk6, and this Mk7 feels prefer an old friend. The sensations of smoothness, refinement, precision, and easily accessible power that defined those last 2 generations are even more finely concentrated in the 2015 GTI. The net effect is that the GTI is simply really straightforward to drive fast and also to drive well. Her palms don\"t get sweaty.


San Pablo Dam road leads me to Wildcat Canyon Road, i m sorry winds v Tilton Park, over Berkeley. This is one of those tight, twisty, hilly, narrow roads dappled v California sunshine peeking with the tree canopy, that us Midwesterners fantasize about. Time come roll under the windows, the better to hear the exhaust and the optional, eighteen-inch summer rubber top top the pavement. The GTI\"s steering is pretty much perfect here. I\"m rowing between second and 3rd gears. Ns don\"t have this road to myself, though, therefore I\"m accelerating hard and then braking quickly, for obstacles as varied as a police auto that\"s to run a rate trap; bicyclists; and, believe it or not, a wild turkey that crosses the road in prior of me.


The GTI is unfazed. A little dab that the brake pedal, very tiny pitch or dive, and also the auto rotates fluidly through another corner. The ride stays supple, even in part bumpy, off-camber turns. As you toss the GTI right into corners, you easily feel the added torque that\"s being directed to the exterior wheels through the limited-slip diff.


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Down towards Berkeley ns go, and suddenly I\"m on stadion Rim Way, looking right into the large bowl the the Cal Berkeley soccer stadium. Ns pull over to the curb for a minute, and a couple of students wade by eye the GTI. I practically roll down the window to say, \"Guys, once you graduate, you must buy this car.\"


Soon I\"m top top the 580 west heading earlier to Richmond. The GTI is quiet at 60 mph in sixth gear. All of sudden the freeway it s okay crowded, however it\"s not a problem. Change down to third gear, and also there\"s every sorts of strength to slip right into holes in traffic. In 4th gear, at 75 mph, the turbo 4 is running at 3500 rpm, well quick of the 6000-rpm redline. There\"s a little wind noise over the A pillars but, still, this is a quiet and also refined pocket rocket, as well suited for a freeway road trip as because that a romp ~ above Wildcat Canyon Road.


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How lot do us love the Volkswagen GTI right here at Automobile Magazine? In 2007, we named the fifth-generation car our vehicle of the Year, celebrate its mix of athleticism, practicality, and performance, which we felt was the closest point to the heart of the original, 1983 GTI. We adhered to that increase in 2010 v yet an additional Automobile the the Year award for the sixth-generation model, which honestly wasn\"t that different but was quiet able to catch our hearts.

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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is yet one more evolution of the GTI formula, yet that\"s definitely no bad thing. It\"s lighter, bigger, and an ext powerful and also efficient 보다 its predecessor however hardly an ext expensive, and also Volkswagen of America secured every the goodies from Germany the American enthusiasts want and also deserve, including optional adaptive damping, a premium Fender stereo, and the power Pack. VW has made certain there\"s a GTI for every buyer, v some ten iterations spread across three trim levels: GTI S, GTI SE, and also GTI Autobahn. Two-door and also four-door models return, and also you still have your an option of six-speed manual gearbox or VW\"s superb six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI was worth the wait.


Base Price: $25,815Price as Tested: $28,305Engine: 2.0-liter turbo I-4Power: 220 hpTorque: 258 lb-ftTransmission: 6-speed manualDrive: Front-wheelCargo volume (seats up/down): 22.8/52.7 cubic feetFuel Economy: 25/34 mpg (city/highway)


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