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Volkswagen Golf GTE Concept To Make North American Debut At The LA Auto Show

By   November 17, 2015

Volkswagen Golf GTE Concept

Volkswagen Golf GTE Concept

How does a Volkswagen Golf packing 395 horsepower and able to rocket from 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds sound? If you ask us, it sounds like a very hot hatch indeed.

The VW Golf GTE Concept is capable of just that performance while maintaining the practicality of a hatchback. A plug-in hybrid system is mated to the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that is used in the Polo R WRC rally car. By itself this power plant offers 295 horses, but when mated to the electric motors it is taken to the next level.

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Volkswagen Introduces The 300+ Horsepower Golf Race Car

By   July 9, 2015

Volkswagen Golf Race Car Concept

Volkswagen Golf Race Car Concept

Move over Golf R, you are no longer the most insane Volkswagen Golf produced by the German automaker. The above picture race car concept would easily blow any street version of the R out of the water and the competition wouldn’t even be all that close (as is normally the case with a race car versus street car).

Having said this the concept is based on the street car and then it has been given steroids. The power alone from that turbocharged engine is enough to make most VW fans wish they could get that in a street car.

For more about the Volkswagen Golf Racing Concept click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article).

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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

By   November 20, 2014

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

The Volkswagen Golf GTI created the hot hatch category. Now VW is trying to redefine the wagon category with the Volkswagen Golf R Variant. The new Golf made its debut at the LA Auto Show and caught everyone by surprise.

The car has as much cargo space as an SUV, but it is fast enough to keep up with many sports cars. The styling may resemble an elongated GTI, but it is a purposeful car that should offer its driver plenty of fun while hauling the entire family.

Exterior

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant Styling

The styling of the VW Golf R Variant is very understated. It looks similar to the Golf hatch back, but with a longer wheel base. From the side it is a sliding back door away from resembling a minivan.

The lines are smooth and sculpted. The front has the VW logo front and center and the front facia is purposeful. The rear continues the smooth lines and the quad exhaust gives a hint that it offers more performance then you would expect.

Interior

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant a Interior

The interior of the car is able to store as much stuff as a standard SUV. From the driver’s seat the Golf R Variant gives a sporty feel.

It has available leather to make it have a higher end look. Combine this with the flat bottom steering wheel and the aluminum pedals which begs the driver to push the wagon.

Drivetrain

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant Drivetrain

At the heart of the Golf R Variant is a 296 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is combined with a 6-speed DSG dual clutch gear box and the all-wheel drive system. All I this helps the VW launch from 0-62 mph in just 5.1 seconds and it can keep going to 155 mph.

Pricing

Official pricing will be announced closer to the cars release date, but expect for it to start in the $30,000-$40,000 range.

Conclusion

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant Side View

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant looks like it is the perfect performance car for those wanting to have a hot hatch while still hauling the family. It provides the cargo space and around the same performance as a Porsche Cayenne, but in a lower price range. Now if only it looked just a bit more exciting.

Carve An Awesome Automotive Themed Pumpkin With These Free Patterns

By   October 16, 2014

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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Carved Pumpkin

Halloween is fast approaching and this is the time of year when many of us go and find a pumpkin and carve a traditional pattern into it. But, what if you are an automotive enthusiast who would love to have a cool car themed pumpkin?

Well the folks over at We R Mopar, VW Parts Vortex and Olathe Toyota Parts Center have put together free downloadable pumpkin carving patterns. Couple this with a good pumpkin and a the right tools and you could have an awesome pumpkin like the one pictured above.

The patterns available are of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, VW Golf R and a vintage Toyota Pickup Truck.

So, get out there and carve an awesome pumpkin. If you do, share it with us on one of our social media channels and we might share it with our blog audience.

Review: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Specs, Pictures And Pricing

By   May 16, 2014

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the car that really started the idea of the hot hatch. The car offered very good performance, practicality and decent gas mileage.

The first generation was such a good car that it was difficult to follow up with a car that could match what is now a legend. The early cars were more driver centric and over the years they have grown soft.

The 2015 VW Golf GTI offers more power than the outgoing model. But, is it worthy of the GTI badge?

Exterior

2015 VW Golf GTI Styling

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is bigger and lighter than the last generation GTI. When you first look at it you will think not much has changed, but park it next to the sixth generation car and you’ll notice the reworked headlights and front facia. The car still has flowing lines, but is now more angular than the outgoing model.

From the back you find that the hatchback has an almost flat back. This helps provide more cargo space inside. The rear is highlighted by the large VW logo and the dual tail pipes, letting people know that this is not your normal hatch.

Interior

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior

The interior of this hot hatchback is what you would expect in a modern VW. The materials used are of good quality and it has a solid and not plasticky feel to it.

Leather seats with colored stitching are available and help give the car a higher end feel. The sports car inspired steering wheel begs you to drive it hard in the corners and the supportive seat bolsters help hold you in place while doing that. The interior gives you a sports car feel, until you look back and see all of the space you have available.

Drivetrain

2015 VW Golf GTI engine

For the 2015 VW Golf GTI you get 10 more horsepower than the last generation GTI. The new 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine puts out 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For about an extra $1,500 you can add on the performance package which brings this up to 220 horsepower.

Combine this higher amount of power with the fact that the new car is 82 pounds lighter than the previous car and you get a pretty quick little vehicle. It can go from 0-60 mph in a very good 6.4 seconds.

If you go for the automatic dual clutch transmission then you get launch control which helps the 0-60 mph time. That is a fine parlor trick, but if you just want to have fun driving then go for the six-speed manual.

Pricing

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at $24,395, making it a bit of a bargain for a car with good performance and VW build quality.

Verdict

2015 VW GTI Badging

The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf GTI appears to be getting back to its simple performance roots. With a lighter car and more power it makes for an even hotter hatch. The GTI is a good choose for a practical performance car, but the Ford Focus ST is possible an even better choice.

Desktop wallpaper of the 2015 VW Golf GTI