VOLK­SWA­GEN GTI / GOLF R

EN­GINE HORSE­POWER TORQUE DRIV­E­TRAIN TRANS­MIS­SION 2.0L tur­bocharged in­line 4 210 hp, 292 hp 258 lb-ft, 280 lb-ft front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive 6-speed man­ual, 6-speed au­to­matic

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The leg­endary hot hatch is still go­ing strong in its seventh it­er­a­tion. Be­tween the 210-horse­power en­gine, awe­some han­dling and that clas­sic plaid in­te­rior, what’s not to like? The 2016 model fea­tures some new tech in the form of VW Car Net App-Con­nect - al­lows you to pair your smart­phone, no matter where your al­le­giance lies. The six-speed DSG with pad­dle shifters is the nicest ver­sion yet, and the elec­tric as­sisted di­rect steer­ing pro­vides good feed­back and re­sponse in con­cert with the sport-tuned sus­pen­sion. Ei­ther three- or five-door con­fig­u­ra­tions are avail­able on the GTI, while the ral­lyready all-wheel drive Golf R comes in five­door only, but now with DSG avail­able as well. The GTI Per­for­mance models re­ceive an elec­tron­i­cally-con­trolled hy­draulic lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial, larger brakes, real time damper con­trol and an ex­tra 10 hp, though that sleeper Golf R is the beast of the lineup, boast­ing 292 horse­power and 280 lb-ft of torque.

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