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The Continental: More G-Wagens, a New Škoda, and Happy Birthday to an Icon

By Jens Meiners

The Continental

Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.

A nice success story for my favorite off-roader, the Mercedes-Benz G-class: The Swiss army has decided to replace the 4189 G-wagens currently in service with brand-new versions. The old vehicles have been in the fleet for two decades and are fitted with 2.3-liter gasoline engines, but the new Gs get a 184-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel and a five-speed slushbox.

The Swiss army models are part of the 461 vehicle line, which has been partially substituted by the more plush and advanced 463 series since 1990. However, the 461 remained in production for military and government use, and it was even offered to private customers as well. Today, the purposeful 461 is still offered in several global markets as the G300 CDI Professional. It’s not cheap; in Germany, it costs almost exactly two-thirds as much as the G500 (which is sold as the $113,905 G550 in the U.S.). Cost aside, it is the quintessential G-wagen—and, philosophically, the opposite of the recent embarrassment that is the G63 AMG 6×6.

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

New Škoda!

Another attractive Škoda signifies both the brand’s strength and the return of the hatchback in Europe. The Rapid, essentially a low-cost vehicle that is rebadged as the SEAT Toledo and the Volkswagen Santana, now comes as a five-door hatchback. Škoda’s boss told me about it over dinner last year: It is called the Spaceback and is 7.1 inches shorter than the sedan and more useful. From the rear view, the large glass area looks futuristic, but the side view, with a third window behind the rear door opening, recalls a station wagon.

It is interesting to compare the Rapid with the Volkswagen Golf Mk VII: The Spaceback’s length and height is almost identical to the VW’s specs, but it is slightly narrower. The Škoda’s platform is a mixture of components from the Volkswagen Polo and previous-generation Golf, and therefore it does not reach the latest Golf’s level of sophistication. A lot of the Golf’s (mostly optional) assistance systems are not available here, and the engine range is topped by a 122-horsepower, 1.4-liter four. For customers looking at a GTI or a fully optioned regular Golf, the Rapid Spaceback won’t be an option. But for those who merely seek reliable transportation, the Czech relative might work just as well. Especially since it is a very pleasant and convincing car from behind the wheel, as I found out last year when I drove the Rapid sedan at its launch in Bratislava.

Opel Vivaro

Opel’s Stylish Van

The Opel Vivaro is the offspring of a curious cooperation, being essentially a rebadged Renault Trafic that was styled under the tutelage of former Renault chief designer Patrick Le Quement. And it will soldier …read more

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Paint It Black—and Yellow: 2014 VW Beetle GSR Special Edition Starts at $30,790

By Clifford Atiyeh

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

Wiz Khalifa might not be first in line for this black-and-yellow special—he’s a Dodge Challenger guy, after all—but Volkswagen is betting 3500 others around the world will want this bumblebee Beetle later this year. The Beetle GSR, German shorthand for Gelb Schwarzer Renner, or Yellow Black Racer, is exactly what it looks like. For $30,790 with a six-speed manual, the GSR is $140 less than the model it really is, a Turbo with the R-Line body kit. As such, the Turbo’s new 210-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder EA888 engine, navigation system, sunroof, Fender stereo and 19-inch Tornado wheels on 235-width tires are standard. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission brings the total to $31,890. This is a fully loaded Beetle, with everything from bi-xenon headlamps to heated front seats and push-button start (another thing that Khalifa and other rappers are obsessed over; it’s really not that cool).



For some Beetle aficionados, the GSR harkens back to the special model seen in the 1970s, hence the black stripes and GSR graphics on the flanks. Black mirrors and black bumper inserts round off the exterior upgrades, while a black-and-yellow shift knob, yellow stitching on black leatherette seats, and the all-important numbered badge on the steering wheel are added on the inside.

As for us, we’ll always prefer a regular GTI with plaid seats. In black, and without the yellow.

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Spy Shots: Next-gen Volkswagen Golf R spied while running the 'Ring

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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The launch of a new Volkswagen Golf is never a small thing, and things are already looking up for the subcompact hatchback after it was named 2013 World Car of the Year. While we’ve already seen the base and GTI versions of the next-generation Golf, now we’re getting our first look at the sportier Golf R.

Although this prototype wears GTI lettering on the front fenders, it’s more than just the roll cage and Sparco racing seat hinting that this is something a little more serious. Unlike the Golf and GTI, this car shows that the Golf R will continue to flaunt massive air intakes on each side of the fascia, and the rear of the car (though it’s hard to see) has quadruple exhaust outlets. We still don’t have an official word on power, but rumors indicate that the next Golf R could be pushing close to 300 horsepower, making it the most powerful production Golf ever. As much fun as we had during our first drive of the Golf R Cabriolet in the cold, snowy French Riviera last month, more power is a warming idea.

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New York: 2014 VW Golf brings storied hatchback's seventh generation to US

By Zach Bowman

2015 VW Golf, GTI and Golf TDI

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf in US-specification officially debuts at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new model is the first VW in the States to ride on the company’s MQB architecture, and as such, it makes use of plenty of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel to keep weight down. All told, the new shell is 51 pounds lighter than the outgoing generation, despite the fact that the finished car is a full 2.2 inches longer and .5 inches wider than the 2013 model.

Buyers can expect to find a base model powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (blue car above) with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That means the powerplant delivers the same horsepower as the old naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder while weighing less and producing seven extra pound-feet of torque. TDI (silver car above) buyers, meanwhile, will enjoy a new 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder mill. VW says the engine yields 10 more horsepower than the old lump, which means the Golf TDI now boasts 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

GTI (red car above) buyers will now get their hands on a revised 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with approximately 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque – Volkswagen hasn’t finalized power numbers for that machine. We’re happy to see that the GTI still features its trademark plaid seats. Volkswagen says the new Golf and GTI will go on sale as a 2015 model, but doesn’t say when the car will actually hit dealerships.

Check out the press release below for more information.

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Volkswagen Details U.S.-Spec 2015 Golf and GTI Powertrains [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

Volkswagen Details U.S.-Spec 2015 Golf and GTI Powertrains [2013 New York Auto Show]

When Volkswagen debuted the seventh-generation, 2015 Golf at the last year’s Paris auto show and the 2015 GTI at the Geneva show earlier this year, the automaker tantalizingly revealed nearly everything about both rides. That is, everything except final engine options for the U.S. market. Oh sure, VW furnished European powertrain specifications for both rides, but despite the latest Golf and GTI being still about a year away from going on sale here in the U.S., we’re an impatient bunch—after all, the Golf and GTI are among our favorite compacts. Thankfully, the wait is over for U.S.-spec powertrain info, which Volkswagen has announced at the 2013 New York auto show.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

While the European Golf offers a host of gas and diesel engines, the U.S. model will offer just two: A turbocharged, gas-fed 1.8-liter four and a 2.0-liter diesel four. The 1.8-liter makes the same 170 horsepower as the outgoing Golf’s inline-five it replaces, but seven more lb-ft of torque. Once again, the diesel will be dropped into the Golf TDI, but this time around it’s an all-new engine. Compared to the current Golf TDI’s 2.0-liter four, the new engine—which is a member of VW’s new EA288 engine family—produces the same 236 lb-ft of torque, but 10 additional horsepower, for a total of 150. Volkswagen’s specificity regarding the regular Golf’s transmission choices starts and ends with the promise that both manual and automatic options will be offered; gear counts and the type of automatic weren’t detailed. We’re betting that we get either the Euro model’s seven- or six-speed dual-clutch auto.



2015 Volkswagen GTI

As for our favorite hot hatchback, the GTI, it will get the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter four as the Euro model. Only our version will make slightly less horsepower, with VW’s initial estimates coming in around 210 ponies. Before you start bellyaching about how Americans always get the short end of the stick, consider that at least the 2015 GTI will make the same 258 lb-ft of torque as the Euro model. The outgoing U.S.-spec GTI packs 200 horses and 207 lb-ft and is hardly a slouch; factor in the newest model’s slight weight loss, and it should be quicker than before. Regardless, the last-gen GTI was down a few horsepower to its European counterpart, too, so any anguish over missing output shouldn’t be a surprise. Once again, a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered.

Finally, Volkswagen gave no further indication of expected fuel economy for any 2015 Golf derivative, or whether it plans to bring the latest GTD—effectively a diesel-powered GTI—to the States. (We suspect it will make it here.) As for the possible next-generation Jetta SportWagen, well, look no further than the …read more
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LeMons Sears (Even More) Pointless: Even More Winners!

By Murilee Martin

Because the track at Sears Point aka Sonoma Raceway can’t fit more than 175 or so LeMons cars at one time, many of the hundreds of applicants for the 2013 Sears Pointless 24 Hours of LeMons couldn’t be accepted for the race. What to do? Why, stay over through Monday and run a special one-day Sears (Even More) Pointless race, that’s what! This race featured all the same prizes as the full all-weekend-long race that preceded it, and that means we’ve got another set of winners.


Sears Point has always been hard on LeMons cars, with plenty of bent metal and obliterated engines. This jar of pickles flattened by an RV in the paddock sums up the condition of many of the cars after two or three days of racing.


Taking the Class A and overall wins once again, it’s Cerveza Racing and their 1983 BMW 533i. We impounded this car (back when it started turning some suspiciously quick lap times) and subjected it to a surprise dyno test a couple of years back, and it produced something like 120 wheel horsepower. It turns out, shockingly, that driver skill counts for more than horsepower in road racing, and the Cerveza wheelmen have used that skill to win five LeMons races… so far.


Normally, the LeMons Supreme Court puts most Volkswagen GTIs in the class for the fastest cars: Class A (yes, GTIs usually blow up in LeMons, but they can turn some quick lap times before the explosion). However, the Dirty Duck Racing GTI has been so terrible for so many years that they’ve earned a spot in Class B (it didn’t hurt that they gave your LeMons correspondent a very thoughtful gift). Finally, the Dirty Ducks were able to stay out of the penalty box and their car’s pistons were able to stay inside the block for an entire race, and they won the Class B trophy. The Class B battle was hard-fought, with the Communists-Я-Us BMW 320i hanging on about 40 seconds behind the GTI for what seemed like hours, but the Dirty Ducks held off the E21, placed eighth overall, and got their first class win.


Winning Class C was Legend of LeMons Spank’s 1962 Mini. How did a very loose, very tired Mini manage to place 15th out of 72 entries, with lap times 5-10 seconds slower than most of the other cars near it in the standings? Consistency, reliability, and clean driving.

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Official: US-spec 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI to finally debut in New York

By Steven J. Ewing

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is hardly new to us. In fact, we’ve already driven it. And elsewhere in the world, the new Golf is already winning awards. Even so, we still have yet to see the US-spec version of the car, though that won’t be the case much longer. As part of the New York Auto Show festivities later this month, Volkswagen will finally show off the 2015 Golf models destined for our shores.

Three different versions of the Golf will debut under the lights of New York City’s Javits Center: the turbocharged TSI, oil-sipping TDI and hotter GTI. The first model in that list uses Volkswagen’s new 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, replacing the outgoing 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline five-cylinder. The latter two models use familiar engines: the 2.0-liter TDI diesel and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, respectively.

Even though the new Golf officially debuts later this month, it won’t go on sale in the US until the first quarter of 2014. We’ll be waiting patiently.

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Geneva: Volkswagen Golf Variant Concept R-Line puts the sport in SportWagen

By Jeffrey N. Ross

Volkswagen Golf Variant Concept R-Line

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With the introduction of the newest Volkswagen Golf Variant, we get an early look at what will most likely be the next-generation Jetta SportWagen here in the US. To further wet our appetities, VW is now teasing something a little sportier with the Concept R-Line. Looking the part of a GTI wagon (or a stretched Golf R), the Golf Variant Concept R-Line has a production-ready appearance that has us hoping we’ll see this sporty wagon sooner rather than later.

The R-Line starts off with a new fascia that isn’t quite as aggressive as the recently introduced GTI, but it gives the new styling some extra punch. Below the fascia is a lower splitter that visually carries back into the rocker panel extensions, and the rear of the car gets some bright exhaust tips and a rear diffuser. The Lapis Blue Metallic paint job probably does enough on its own to add a sporty flair to the Golf wagon, and it’s all finished off with 18-inch split-spoke wheels. Inside, the Concept R-Line shows off sport seats wrapped in carbon leather featuring blue nappa inserts in the middle.

Rightfully so, VW brought the Concept R-Line to Geneva with its TDI and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. A sporty, all-wheel-drive diesel wagon? Yes, please. Scroll down for the full press blast with all the details.

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Geneva: We obsessively covered Day One of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

By Steven J. Ewing

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When it comes to sheer number of vehicle debuts, the Geneva Motor Show is by far one of the largest automotive expos we cover each year. Because of that, it’s easy to get lost in the madness and lose track of all the new metal that’s shown off here in Switzerland.

Never fear, for we’ve got you covered with our usual roundup. Have a glance at the table below to see everything that we’ve been able to capture on Day One of our Geneva coverage, and stay tuned for plenty more goodness tomorrow after we try to kill off some jet lag. Enjoy!

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Aston Martin enhances Rapide with new S model

Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo offers Europeans a pre-M3 performance 3er

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD is our favorite oil-burning GTI

The Mansory Speranza proves that money can buy taste and good sense…

Pininfarina Sergio Concept ditches windshield for crash helmets [w/video]

Toyota RAV4 “Adventure” brings the butch

Volkswagen Golf Variant will make a lovely Jetta SportWagen

Audi A3 G-Tron offers big range, few emissions

Audi A3 E-Tron is a look at battery-operated things to come

ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour loses its lid

Toyota i-Road is no less strange in the flesh

Wiesmann GT MF4-CS offers track-ready forbidden fruit, par excellence

Audi RS Q3 is funky, chunky, spunky forbidden fruit [w/videos]

2013 Alfa Romeo 4C is pretty, just don’t look it in the eyes

Ferrari LaFerrari is so nice, we say it twice [w/poll]

Spyker B6 Venator Concept shows the brand still has a beating heart

Mitsubishi debuts Concept CA-MiEV, a new suburban EV with a 186-mile range

Volkswagen hatches hotter GTI in Geneva

Touring Superleggera Disco Volante is a stunning labor of love

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo fills a void we didn’t know existed

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is Affalterbach’s first big leap into the little pond

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV brings diesel hybrid efficiency to the pickup game

Kia Provo Concept is the hybrid bruiser we’ve always wanted

McLaren P1 proves yellow doesn’t have to be mellow

Subaru Viziv is a diesel hybrid crossover we could learn to love

Chevrolet Captiva looks mildly refreshed and ready for family duty

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Geneva: Seat Leon SC is the Golf cousin we're dying to <i>hola</i> at

By Seyth Miersma

2013 Seat Leon SC

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Despite Volkswagen bringing both GTI and Variant wagon versions of its new Golf to Geneva this year, some would argue that the best looking Golf on the show floor is wearing a Seat badge. The Spanish Volkswagen subsidiary has unveiled its three-door Leon SC for the Swiss crowds, and the car’s neatly creased hatchback form is, at least, a pleasant visual alternative to the slope-nosed VW.

The technical details about the Seat Leon have been available for a little while now (we’ve reported on both the five-door and the three-door cars already), but it’s good to see the thing in the metal and with live images. To refresh: the Leon will offer a full complement of diesel and direct-injection gasoline engines, both manual and DSG transmissions, and a whole host of technology from the VW corporate toy box.

Scroll down for a host of details in the Seat press release, and get a closer look at the real deal automobile in our gallery of live-from-Geneva images.

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Geneva: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD is our favorite oil-burning GTI

By Zach Bowman

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD

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The 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD has officially bowed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Engineers managed to squeeze an additional 14 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque out of the familiar 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, nudging total output to 184 hp and 280 lb-ft for 2014. The figures are good enough to earn the GTD the honor of being the most powerful diesel Golf in Volkswagen history. A start/stop system helps improve efficiency over the previous generation with the new model consuming 56 miles per gallon on the EU cycle. That’s up from the 2013 model’s 46 mpg. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, though a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is also available.

The GTD also offers buyers a few aesthetic tweaks to help separate the hatch from its less potent siblings. Those include a more aggressive front fascia, special badges and 17-inch alloy wheels. Expect to find the GTD in one of three exterior colors, including Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. Check out the quick press release below for more details.

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Geneva: Volkswagen hatches hotter GTI in Geneva

By Steven J. Ewing

2014 Volkswagen GTI - live on stand at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

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The all-new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hasn’t even launched here in the United States, but over in Geneva, we’re already getting our first glimpse at the hotter GTI hatchback. The fancy new Mk VII Golf is already off to a healthy start with positive reviews in Europe, and we have no doubt that this next GTI will work hard to regain its title as king of the hot hatches.

The big news for this generation of GTI is that for the first time ever, Volkswagen is actually offering two different power grades for the model, both relying on the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. Standard cars pack 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but an optional performance pack ups the horsepower number to 230. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes 6.5 seconds (6.4 with the performance pack) and top speed is quoted at 153 mph (or 155 with the performance kit). Volkswagen will continue to offer the GTI with both six-speed manual and dual-clutch transmissions.

On the visual front, the sub-3,000-pound GTI adds the usual bit of hot hatch aggression over the standard Golf, and those changes carry over to the interior with a flat-bottomed wheel and, of course, plaid seats. She’s certainly a looker, and while some of us do find the new Golf’s design to be a bit staid and evolutionary, the enhancements for the GTI indeed tug on our enthusiast heart strings.

European customers can purchase the 2014 GTI in May, and North American deliveries will likely start in about one year’s time.

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Turbocharged Kia Pro_Cee’d and Cee’d GT Take Aim at GTI—In Europe [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

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Kia has pulled the wraps off of high-performance, turbocharged GT iterations of its European-market Cee’d five-door and Pro_cee’d three-door hatchbacks, and the pair appear to take direct aim at Volkswagen’s current GTI. We already knew Kia was working on the GT models, but the cars are making their in-the-metal debuts at the 2013 Geneva auto show.

Kia’s GT treatment largely centers around a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out a GTI-baiting 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are close to the European GTI’s 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft—despite the Kia engine displacing 0.4 fewer liters than VW’s 2.0-liter. A six-speed manual handles shifting duties. Kia claims that both the Pro_cee’d GT and Cee’d GT can run from 0 to 62 mph in a conservative-sounding 7.7 seconds, and that top speed for both is a lofty 143 mph. The cars’ suspension upgrades aren’t specifically outlined, with Kia saying only that the setups were worked over to match the higher-performance engine.

Kia pro_cee'd GT

Aggressive visual upgrades back up the go-faster hardware. The three-door Pro_cee’d GT appears slightly sportier than its more-practical five-door sibling, but both get unique front and rear fascias with large intakes and neat-looking square nacelles. Up front, the nacelles each pack a quadrant of LED running lights. Dual exhaust outlets poke out of the rear ends of both GTs, and handsome 18-inch wheels and red-painted brake calipers serve as eye candy.



Kia pro_cee'd GT

The GTs’ interiors are just as businesslike as their exteriors, gaining Recaro sport seats, aluminum pedals, and a seven-inch TFT digital gauge cluster. For Kia hot-hatch fanatics—do those exist yet?—there will be a special launch-celebrating pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition. Just 500 examples will be built for all of Europe, and each one will include adaptive xenon headlights, automatic climate control, navigation, and a sunroof. Visually, they’ll be set apart from regular GTs by black wheels and door mirrors, stainless steel sill plates with backlit “GT” lettering, red ambient lighting, velour floor mats with red stitching, and a number plate. Here’s hoping Kia decides to give the GT treatment to the Forte and Forte five-door we get here.

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2015 Volkswagen GTI: Evolutionary Look, More Power, and a Long Wait [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

2015 Volkswagen GTI 3-door

The 2013 Geneva auto show has turned out to be Volkswagen’s venue of choice for debuting its latest sporty Golf-based models. First, the German automaker introduced the GTD diesel based on the new, seventh-generation Golf hatchback, and now it is pulling the wraps off of the newest GTI. The hottest Golf—at least until the next R model makes an appearance—goes on sale in Europe this spring, but we’ll have to wait an agonizing extra year for it to arrive here in the States.  READ MORE ››

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Official: 2014 Volkswagen GTI to start a new hot hatch era in Geneva

By Seyth Miersma

2014 Volkswagen GTI - front three-quarter dynamic view, white

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The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is going to be stocked with important new production models and sexy concept cars, but hot hatch enthusiasts will undoubtedly see it as the coming out party of the MkVII Volkswagen GTI. And while we’ve only got European specifications and pricing to go on for now, we can tell from the get-go that the new GTI will be a proper heir to VW‘s hot hatch legacy.

This seventh-generation GTI is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in base form. For the first time ever, Volkswagen is also offering a performance pack for the GTI as well, which ups the horsepower to 230 (torque remains unchanged). With a slightly lower curb weight to push around – the new base car weighs 2,978 pounds versus 3,034 for the current three-door GTI – 0-62 miles per hour is now achieved in 6.5 seconds, and top speed is 153 mph. (Cars with the performance pack offer 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds, and a 155-mph top speed.) Buyers my choose between a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG unit.

Visually, the new GTI has obviously adopted the slant-nosed looks of the MkVII Golf, though with plenty of added drama. The exterior is dominated by the 17-inch “Brooklyn” wheels wearing 225-section rubber, and the aggressive front fascia gets black honeycombed inserts in the upper and lower grille sections. At launch, Volkswagen will offer the GTI in three colors: the Pure White seen here, Tornado Red and Black. Tartan patterned seats are of course still an option for the interior, while the GTI-specific steering wheel and shift knob are standard.

The new car is set to go on sale in Europe in May of this year, with an asking price of 28,350 euros to start. North American timing and pricing are still up in the air, however. There’s a bit more information about the 2014 Volkswagen GTI in the press release below for your perusal. Expect plenty more in the way of information and images when we see the car live at Geneva, too.

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Volkswagen To Debut New Golf GTD In Geneva

By Kurt Ernst

Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTD – image: Volkswagen

Do you love the performance of the Volkswagen GTI, but long for the fuel efficiency of the Golf TDI? Would you shop a car that gives you the GTI’s nimble handling, while serving up fuel economy of up to 56 mpg combined in Euro-cycle testing? If you answered yes to these questions, we have good news (of sorts) for you: Volkswagen will debut the new Golf GTD at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Popular in Europe, the Golf GTD is the offspring of a GTI and a Golf TDI. Its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine produces 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to get the car from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 143 mph. That’s on par with the gasoline-powered GTI, which makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque to yield a a comparable 7.3 second run from 0-60 mph.

Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTD – image: Volkswagen

Its fuel economy, however, is closer to the Golf TDI’s numbers of 34 mpg combined (30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway). Since Euro cycle testing differs dramatically from our own EPA testing regimen, we can expect to see the GTD get a combined rating in the neighborhood of 39 mpg, if it’s sold here.

Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTD – image: Volkswagen

The GTD borrows from the GTI’s good looks, too. Outside, it wears a lowered suspension with unique 17-inch wheels, side skirts, a rear spoiler and smoked LED taillights. Inside, it gets “Clark” plaid upholstery, a model specific instrument cluster, a black headliner, stainless steel pedals and a sport steering wheel (shared with the GTI) that we think is the best on the market, bar none.

For now, the GTD is forbidden fruit, available to customers across the pond only, beginning in June. Will we see it on this side of the Atlantic? The answer, for now anyway, is “we certainly hope so.”

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Official: Volkswagen debuts MkVII-based diesel Golf GTD

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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As Volkswagen prepares for the launch of the seventh-generation Golf, it continues to show off some of the car’s different variants. With the standard Golf and the ultra-efficient BlueMotion Concept out of the way, now we’re finally starting to see some of the sportier versions planned for the hatchback. Confirmed for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has now given us our first glimpse at the Golf GTD.

Just think of the GTD as a diesel version of the GTI with all the handling and styling upgrades, and then add a torquey engine to the equation. (We had the chance to sample the current GTD over the summer, so click here to read more.) To go with the new body style, VW also gave the GTD a new TDI engine consisting of a similar turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four layout but with an output of 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque – that’s an increase of 14 hp and 22 lb-ft over the current GTD. That’s a pretty good oomph, but the GTD won’t be setting any acceleration records with VW quoting a 0-62 mile per hour time of 7.5 seconds thanks to the car’s 3,036-pound curb weight.

The styling of the MkVII Golf lends itself quite well to the more aggressive body kit found on the GTD (and likely matching the GTI). The new front fascia and blacked-out grille give the GTD a sporty look up front, while 17-inch sport wheels, rocker panel extensions and smoked LED taillights finish off the visual changes. The GTD will only be offered in three exterior colors: Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. As expected, the interior gets the plaid seat inserts and flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, but the car also gets stainless steel pedals, a black headliner, ambient cabin lighting and a specific gauge cluster readout.

Aside from saying the GTD will get a “lowered sport suspension,” there is word on what specific changes were made, but if that slammed stance is anything to go by, this is going to be one fun car on the track. Volkswagen has yet to say whether or not the 2014 GTD will be sold in the US, but buyers in Germany can get their hands on this car in June with a starting price of 29,350 euros, which will include standard features such as park assist and a touch-screen infotainment system.

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2014 Volkswagen GTD Debuts: The Diesel GTI May Hit the U.S. [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD

Please give us a moment to come down from our diesel-huffing high, we’re still tingling from first laying eyes on the 2014 Volkswagen GTD. Yes, we know, the Golf-based GTD—essentially a diesel-powered GTI—has existed for decades, but the latest iteration actually has a shot at making it to the U.S. market for the first time. We were impressed with the outgoing GTD—Volkswagen teasingly lent us one to test here on American soil—and the 2014 model brings even more power and refinement. Thus far, VW has only announced the GTD is headed for Europe but we’ve got our fingers crossed. The model bows at the 2013 Geneva auto show.  READ MORE ››

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Official: 300-HP 2013 Audi S3 Sportback unwrapped

By Seyth Miersma

2013 Audi S3 Sportback - front three-quarter studio view, red

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Not content to let Volkswagen have all of the fun with its GTI and Golf R, Audi is rebooting its five-door S3 Sportback with rather monstrous power. Headed for an official unveil at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new S3 rolls out with a 300-horsepower, 280-pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine under the hood. The four-cylinder powerplant is strong enough to shove the Sportback to 62 miles per hour in just 5.0 seconds when connected to the optional S-Tronic gearbox, or 5.5 seconds with the traditional manual transmission. Top speed is said to be an electronically governed 155 mph. Almost as impressive as those performance figures are the fuel economy ratings: the S- S3 is said to average 34 miles per gallon.

All S3 Sportback models offer Quattro all-wheel drive, ride on a sport-tuned suspension tuned to a lower ride height (about one inch) versus the standard Audi A3. 18-inch wheels with 225-section tires are standard equipment, and 13.39-inch front brakes should offer serious stopping ability.

Audi has done a lot of work shedding pounds from this latest MQB-architecture S3, as well. The car has a curb weight of roughly 3,186 pounds, or some 154 pounds less than the outgoing model. 11 of those pounds were cut via weight-saving measures in the 2.0-liter engine.

The last generation S3 was never shipped to the US for sale, and Audi has given us no indication thus far that this one will be. We’ll expect to pin down a firm answer to that when we see the S3 Sportback roll onto stage at in Geneva.

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