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Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI – everything you need to know

November 15, 2022

The Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a sporty compact car produced by Volkswagen since the mid-1970s. The designation “GTI” stands for “Grand Turismo Injection . Since 1975, Volkswagen has used this name for the fast versions of their models. They also use the letters GTI for the Volkswagen Polo, for example. The first Golf GTI had a top speed of 182 km/h and did an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds. Thanks in part to a 110-hp strength 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The Golf 6 GTI, five generations younger that is, logically makes mincemeat of that performance. It was produced from 2008 until 2012, when it was replaced by the Golf 7 GTI.





Engine and performance of the Golf 6 GTI

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine. The TSI engine is turbocharged, so the car produces a considerable amount of torque even from low revs, 260 Nm to be exact. As standard, the Golf 6 GTI has 210 hp from the four-cylinder. With that, the hatchback pops from standstill to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission and in 6.7 seconds with the DSG automatic. Top speed is 240 km/h for both.

Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI power source: TSI gasoline engine with 210 hp

Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI DSG

The Golf 6 GTI also comes with six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The DSG automatic has many fans because of its super-fast shift times. The automatic not only makes the GOLF 6 GTI a faster GTI, but also notes more favorable consumption scores compared to the manual version. The DSG can also be operated manually with shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI with DSG automatic transmission

Exterior of the Golf 6 GTI

The most prominent feature of the exterior design of the Golf 6 GTI (and GTIs in general) is the red stripe near the honeycomb grille. Furthermore, the 6 GTI has a much broader appearance than the non-GTI versions. Furthermore, the car has an aggressive stance, is slightly lower on its feet due to the sports suspension and has larger rims. Basically, it’s just a Volkswagen Golf 6 only slightly fatter. The Golf 6 GTI is available as a three-door and a five-door hatchback, as well as a convertible!



Interior of the Golf 6 GTI

The new Golf GTI comes with a sporty interior that has many upgrades over the regular model. It comes standard with a sport steering wheel with a flat bottom and sport seats with the familiar checkered GTI upholstery. Furthermore, there are plenty of GTI emblems to be found, as well as red stitching here and there.




Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI dimensions

The Golf 6 GTI is 4.2 meters long, 1.47 meters high and 1.78 meters wide. The gasoline tank has a capacity of 55 liters and the luggage space is 350 liters. The latter can be increased to 1305 liters with the rear seats folded down.

Golf 6 GTI Tuning

The Golf 6 GTI is a very popular basis for tuning. The turbo engine has plenty of reserve and also the manual transmission and DSG automatic can handle more power than the car has as standard. Should you be interested in more power for your Golf 6 GTI, look for a reputable tuner who knows what he is doing. TSI blocks are sensitive blocks, especially if not properly cared for. By improper tuning, you run the risk of causing damage to the engine block.

Differences Volkswagen Golf 5 GTI and Golf 6 GTI

Although Volkswagen marketed the sixth generation of the Golf as a completely new car compared to the previous model, in fact this is not so. In irreverent terms, the Golf 6 is a major facelift of the Golf 5. After all, the platform is the same and the engine has also remained largely the same except for a few extra horsepower. It is slightly larger, more powerful, more efficient, faster and more richly equipped.

Volkswagen Golf GTI fifth generation




Golf 6 GTI vs. Volkswagen Golf 6 R20

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf came as an R20 in addition to the GTI. The R20 was the most powerful version of the Golf. Consequently, the R20 has more power and standard 4Motion all-wheel drive to get the power on the road. The R20 has different bumpers and rims than the Golf 6 GTI. The GTI has also been available as “Edition 35,” an anniversary model for GTI’s 35th anniversary. This version had 235 hp, getting closer to the 343 hp of the Golf R20.