2010 Volkswagen GTI
(from Volkswagen Press Release) 2010 VOLKSWAGEN GTI: SIXTH GENERATION OF BRAND ICON
HERNDON, Va, September
24, 2009— For nearly three decades, the Volkswagen GTI has
represented a potent combination of sports car-like finesse and
tuned driving excitement in a versatile hatchback design. The
all-new 2010 GTI ushers in the sixth generation of Volkswagen’s “hot
hatch” lineage, and continues the evolution of an award-winning
formula that has impressed driving
With its fully
redesigned exterior, including a more aggressive front end, cleaner
side profile, and sleeker hatch area, the GTI upholds its sporty
nature. New interior enhancements help set the GTI apart not only
from the competition, but also previous generations, and allow both
the driver and passengers to enjoy total control and comfort.
Starting at $23,290, the 2010 GTI stays true to its
As an icon heading into
the next decade, the 2010 GTI two and four-door models take a number
of styling cues from the original Mk I, as well as the more recent
past, and revitalizes them. In true GTI style, the more aggressive
front end starts with the hallmark black honeycomb grille with the
GTI badge on the passenger side, and the distinct red stripe
outline, which flows into the new
A more streamlined profile continues heading toward the rear, with a more subtle pair of black side skirts that only run partially along the GTI’s lower edge, and the absence of any side moldings. In the rear, newly-shaped taillights integrated into the quarter panels and hatch include smoked red brake lenses that are underlined by clear reverse and turn signal lenses. Blended into the updated rear bumper are red running lamp lenses, along with a blacked out diffuser with special cutouts for the chrome-tipped, split dual-exhaust.
Low-profile all-season performance tires are standard. Summer performance tires are an available option. Atop the rear hatch is a body color duckbill spoiler, which houses the third brake light.
The GTI comes standard with 17 x 7-inch alloy wheels wrapped in allseason performance tires, and can be upgraded to larger 18 x 7.5-inch versions with either all-season or summer performance tires to match. A full-power tinted glass sunroof is also available as an option.
Engine and Transmission
Under the hood, the latest version of the GTI utilizes the acclaimed 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine, with FSI direct fuel injection and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters. Bred for smooth, top-notch performance, the engine features an advanced, fully-electronic management system that combines drive-by-wire throttle control and FSI direct fuel injection to cut back on emissions while increasing overall fuel efficiency and power.
Producing 200 horsepower
at 5,100 rpm, and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque from 1,800 all the way up
to 5,000 rpm, the GTI’s 2.0-liter engine is prepared to take to the
road with force. With the standard six-speed manual transmission,
the GTI can go from a zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and on to an
electronically limited 130 mph top speed. Power delivery remains
smooth and direct across the rpm
For drivers who want the
performance of a traditional manual transmission with the precision
and ease of use of an automatic gearbox, the GTI is available with
an optional automatic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG®) transmission. This
technologically advanced six-speed transmission incorporates an
automatic dual clutch system that instantly engages and disengages
gears without the need for
Those owners who opt for the DSG transmission can switch between full automatic operation, which requires no additional action beyond moving the gear shift lever to the “D” position, and automated manual operation, which enables the driver to control every gear change. Volkswagen Tiptronic® lets the driver shift up and down as he prefers, using either the finger-operated paddles mounted to the GTI’s steering wheel, or by tapping the gearshift selector up or down. As an added performance bonus with the DSG transmission, a Launch Control program can be enabled, which, when the car is stopped, allows the engine to build revs before the first clutch is engaged, and creates a more perfect launch with controlled wheel-spin.
Chassis and Suspension
To ensure all of the
GTI’s power makes its way to the road, a fully independent,
European-tuned suspension is employed at all four corners to provide
drivers with the confidence they demand on even the most challenging
roads and conditions. At the front, McPherson struts with lower
control arms are
Keeping the car settled at the rear without sacrificing passenger comfort, a four-link independent setup with the springs and shock absorbers positioned apart from each other are matched with a separate sub-frame and another tubular anti-roll bar. The sport-tuned arrangement comes with an added benefit – increased cargo space – by allowing for a larger rear hatch opening.
Helping the GTI to head into the corners with ease is an electro-mechanical power rack-and-pinion steering system. With good on-center feel, confidence inspiring responsiveness to driver input at all positions, active-return steering, and straight-ahead driving correction assistance, the system seamlessly unites the GTI and its driver.
Bringing the GTI to a halt are vented 312mm x 25mm disc brakes at the front, and solid 286mm x 12mm disc brakes at the rear, all with red-painted calipers that can be seen through the new 17 x 7-inch alloy wheels.
Active and Passive Safety
The 2010 GTI comes with
standard with a collection of safety features and enhancements,
including a three channel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Anti-slip
Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Braking
Assist (EBA), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and Electronic
Stabilization Program (ESP®). Like all 2009 model year Volkswagens
ESP comes standard
New for the sixth
generation GTI is a standard Electronic Limited Slip system that
Volkswagen has named XDS. The system electronically monitors input
from various wheel sensors and, in the event of slippage, transfers
extra torque to the wheel or wheels with the most traction.
Like all Volkswagens, the GTI also includes the Prevent and Preserve
Safety System, consisting of 40 standard safety features. As
standard equipment, the GTI includes, but is not limited to: Six
airbags (dual front, dual
The 2010 GTI continues
its performance showcase inside the cabin, with accommodations that
will delight both driver and passengers. Heavily bolstered front
seats are wrapped in patterned sport fabric with red and white
double stitching throughout, come standard with eight-way manual
The instrument panel has
also been redesigned, with chrome trim surrounding the large
tachometer on the left, which incorporates a smaller, integrated
engine temperature gauge as well as the matching speedometer on the
right, which features an integrated fuel gauge. Standing between the
Metallic highlights continue throughout the interior, gracing the gearshift knob, the trim inserts and the pedal cluster, and brushed-metal accents add a sense of sophistication to the HVAC controls and stereo unit.
The GTI comes standard with an 8-speaker sound system with an AM/FM/Sirius™ satellite radio, touch-screen in-dash six-disc CD changer with MP3 format readability, theft deterrence, auxiliary input jack along with an iPod® adapter, and Bluetooth™ connectivity for hands-free calling with a paired mobile phone.. For increased audio fidelity and enjoyment, the 300W Dynaudio Lite premium sound system can be ordered.
The GTI’s Autobahn options package for both the two and four-door models adds top sport front seats, leather seating surfaces front and rear, and a power sunroof. Owners can also order their 2010 GTI with a touch-screen navigation system that includes a 6.5” high resolution display, integrated 30GB hard drive (10GB for navigation, 20GB for audio), WMA / MP3 audio CD playback, DVD playback, an SD memory card slot, a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack in the center console. The system provides both visual and audible commands through the center console display, as well as the digital display located in the instrument cluster.
The 2010 GTI comes standard with 24-hour Roadside Assistance for three years or 36,000 miles (whichever occurs first), plus the following new vehicle warranties:
The GTI, like all 2010 model year Volkswagens, is included in the nocharge Carefree Maintenance Program. Under this program, all of the GTI’s scheduled maintenance, as described in the maintenance booklet, is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Warranty – three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Additionally, all current Volkswagens, including the GTI, use synthetic oil, which, when combined with state-of-the-art German engineering, eliminates the need for a 5,000 mile oil change. This ultimately allows for all current Volkswagen owners to driver farther between scheduled oil changes.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Golf, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Eos, Passat, Passat wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more.