|Photos by Ulysses and Volkswagen Press|
The Philippines is finally getting a good taste of the coveted European hot hatch flavor with the official arrival of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. After a lengthy preview that started at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), the seventh-generation Golf GTI is finally here. An award-winning sporty compact that has won the world over with its technological leadership and sporty prowess, the all-new GTI aims to carry that tradition and continue to be the sustainable, attainable sports car.
This iconic five-door hatchback features unique GTI design cues from the red inserts running from the headlights to the grille, red GTI badging, to 18-inch Austin alloy wheels with 225/40R18 Bridgestone S001 tires. It also comes with LED daytime running lights and automatic HID headlamps. Inside, the fabric/leather combination seats with tartan inserts (“Clark” material) take center stage. The driver is also treated to a three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel and a GTI specific shift knob. The Golf GTI also comes with stainless steel pedals, scuff plates, and interior trimming. In terms of convenience features, it receives keyless entry with push-button engine start/stop, a dual-zone climate control with rear air conditioning vents, and a full-featured infotainment system with Bluetooth hands-free and 8 speakers.
Performance is punctuated by a 2.0-liter TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection) 4-cylinder petrol engine pumping out 220 horsepower from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic (DSG or Direct Shift Gearbox). 0-100 km/h comes in just 6.7 seconds. The front-wheel drive hatchback also features a sport suspension system with an independent Double Wishbone front and independent four-link rear set-up. It also comes with a slew of driving aids such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) with XDS, and engine drag torque control. As fun and fast as the Golf GTI is, it’s also extremely safe with 7 airbags, and an 8-channel front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera.
“The Golf GTI is indeed the sports car with true style and performance, because it is the GTI. It is the perfect car for performance seekers looking for fun and excitement,” said John Philip Orbeta, president and Chief Executive Officer of VW Philippines.
The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced at P 2,290,000 and is available in five colors: Oryx White Pearl, Tornado Red, Night Blue, Limestone Gray, and Deep Black Pearl.