Monday, March 23, 2009

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI

"What else was there in 1976?" called "Strietzel", also known as Hans-Joachim Stuck, from the window of the driver and that triggered a Volkswagen Golf GTI MK I after more than thirty years. "When a person has the opportunity to drive a 911, it was a real experience. And then suddenly this experience was also possible in the GTI. It is clear that a different level, but affordable to all. That is the genius this car, and thus has remained until today. The new GTI is a good example of this. " Stuck - one of the true giants of racing cars - works closely with Volkswagen AG. As a representative and the driver in car racing, and as an expert in chassis and power adjustment on the vehicle of development, also putting the finishing touches on the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, along with experts from the team "Hackenberg. At the Nürburgring, and head of development Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Hans-Joachim Stuck, competed in parallel, driving the Scirocco for the glory and professional experience in the last year of the race 24 hours a day.

Volkswagen is at home at the Nürburgring circuit in the North. It has always been the case. The GTI also. Even before selling the GTI started, this is the track of the "Green Hell" before thousands of spectators in 1975 - as a pace car at the prototype stage with a two-barrel carburetor rather than electronic injection. The rest is history. The history of the car. "The engine of the 110-PS GTI" Trapped recalls, "had a willingness to rev, it was fun from day one. There was nothing like before. That is why the GTI first made such a declaration."

In 2004, the fifth Volkswagen Golf GTI brought this legend more strongly than ever. Among the debut of the first generation and the production runout of the fifth generation, more than 1.7 million car buyers made the GTI a bestseller worldwide. Now this is being followed by the sixth GTI, bigger and even more secure than any other before it. A GTI that chassis systems - standard with electronic differential lock transversal (XDS) - redefines the behavior in the curves and traction. A 240 km / h fast GTI is more fun to drive with its powerful 155 kW / 210 hp turbo engine, but consumes just 7.3 liters super unleaded (improvement of 0.7 l/100 km) . GTI offers a voice to the dynamics of a sound generator and design of new exhaust systems (two exhaust pipes, one left and one right). A GTI successfully transfers to the tradition of the original version for the future.

And Hans-Joachim Stuck (58) is more than a figurehead Volkswagen Motorsport, and more than an expert who seeks only the weaknesses of the vehicle. "Strietzel", the nickname given to him as a baby by her godmother, and which today is still called by friends, GTI is a fan: "We have always had a GTI in the family, from first to sixth. The Pirelli issues too. There was no difference here. Even when I was under contract with BMW, I preferred to drive to the Nürburgring in a GTI. It was in a GTI to 911 drivers took me to distraction in the Northern Circuit. My wife is even when driving a GTI that first attracted my attention. "

Engine GTI

In the case of the Volkswagen Golf GTI VI generation, Trapped fascination started again with the engine: "It is extremely important that the current GTI, like its predecessor, should be another turbo. The momentum of high-tech engine fits in perfectly with our time. It is more fuel efficient than a large displacement engine, but thanks to the supercharger is so athletic. " And that is a key aspect of the Volkswagen Golf GTI tradition too: In the second generation, the G60 has driven an impressive four-cylinder engine (118 kW / 160 PS). Later, the engine was really GTI gained momentum with the momentum in the fourth generation Golf GTI 132 kW (the exact name). Technology and the times were ready for this approach. A limited edition (3000 cars) of 132 kW / 180 PS version was introduced in the VW Golf GTI's 25th anniversary in 2001. Although it had been a turbo-PS 150, which still lacks the punch aggressive version of the anniversary. With the launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI MK V, a new turbo four-cylinder was employed, which delivers an output of 147 kW / 200 PS. On the 30th anniversary of the GTI, a 169 kW / 230 hp turbo engine was introduced in the VW Golf GTI Edition 30. Shortly thereafter, this new engine also powers the second GTI Pirelli.

Exactly 155 kW / 210 PS, in terms of power level of the new Golf GTI TSI engine is placed between the last production of the GTI Edition 30 and Year. Although their performance and displacement data may suggest an advanced development of PS-200 engine, in reality it was a new engine of the "EA888" generation of engines with technical backgrounds were in the 230-PS version.

TSI being used in the GTI is a sixth of the second phase of development of these motors very quickly. Compared with the first "EA888" stage of development, this engine - optimized for the new assembly cross GTI - has new components such as modified pistons and piston rings, a regulated oil pump, a vacuum pump, a new high-pressure fuel pump and a new sensor for mass flow of air. When used in golf today, more powerful, the engine meets the emission limits Euro-5 standard.

Performance GTI

With respect to emissions and fuel economy, the new 210-PS engine has advanced far ahead of the two previous GTI four-cylinder engines with 200 and 230 hp. In particular, displacement 1984 cm3 of TSI in the new GTI is content with only 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers on average. In the 200-PS GTI, fuel consumption is 8.0 liters and 230-PS GTI entered into 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers. Therefore, the theoretical range of the sixth is about 750 kilometers GTI between fill-ups.

A 170 g / km, the engine also shows marked improvement in CO2 emissions. "And the new GTI," said Hans-Joachim Stuck, "can close the gap between a car business during the work week, and a competitor at the Nürburgring this weekend." In this context, it should be noted that the first Volkswagen Golf GTI in 1976 had a power of just 81 kW / 110 hp and a top speed of 182 km / h, and at that time was also one of the few cars to carry out this balancing act.

The new GTI is concerned with the success of these aspects at the same time attending to the ownership of most interest to buyers GTI - besides the appearance of the car - which is their dynamic behavior. In 1700 a low rpm and the engine develops its maximum torque of 280 Newton-meters. This reserve is available as a par value - an ideal showing in the plateau of the torque curve is not really a curve more - up to 5200 rpm. Pegado said: "In practice, this means striking power in all situations of life." The maximum power of the sixteen-valve engine with a 9.6:1 compression ratio can be exploited through a range of speeds from 5300 to 6200 rpm.

The resulting package has a large force of propulsion, the car completes its acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.9 seconds, and the new Golf GTI handles a sprint of a 1000 meters in 27.3 seconds from standstill. Equally impressive is the elasticity of the engine. In Fifth Gear, Volkswagen accelerates from 80 to 120 km / h in just 7.5 seconds. Even in sixth gear is only 9.5 seconds. Not until 240 km / h is the balance between the air resistance (cw = 0324) and power. The tachometer indicates 5900 rpm at this speed.

Like the previous model, the new GTI an optional 6-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) is offered as an alternative to the 6-speed manual transmission (including upshift recommendation on BlueMotion). In this case, golf offers a maximum speed of 238 km / h (at 5920 rpm). Like the last manually GTI version DSG accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.9 seconds. Its average fuel consumption of 7.4 liters (173 g / km CO2) almost coincides with the excellent value of the manual transmission (7.3 liters).

However, numbers alone tell half the story about the dual clutch transmission. Paste: The DSG is incredibly fast and accurate. And the way the Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG dual declutches when downshifting is a joy for any sports car engine. The most interesting is the fact that the position of the pedal GTI in the first, and, of course, also in the normal Golf, was established so well versed that car drivers could double declutch correctly. "According to estimates, about 30 percent of all drivers so sporty GTI DSG with Volkswagen.

Sound of the GTI

The engine and exhaust system of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI are making their appearance with a unique and totally typical GTI sound. A sound that makes an impression very sporty yet irritating the occupants of cars on long tours. On the outside, the noise level is completely covered by the new GTI exhaust. The only visible elements of the exhaust system are the pair of chromed tailpipes integrated into the GTI diffuser black, one on the left and one on the right. Within a complex system of escape routes produces a typical sound GTI. In parallel, it was possible to reduce the weight of the system and its pressure. And that has a direct positive effect on driving performance and fuel economy. Furthermore, a sound generator ensures that the engine noise are perfectly sound "mixed" inside the vehicle too.

Chassis GTI

"Limits of the physical manipulation" always come into play when the safety of the reserves a bank needs to be determined. The real limits of the new VW Golf GTI in the handling limits was identified as a driver Hans-Joachim Stuck, which is at the wheel. A few laps at Hockenheim and the Nürburgring or a few kilometers in the "Alpes Maritimes" in the mountains above Nice roads are sufficient for the ex-Formula 1 driver and world champion endurance race very analytically describe why the Volkswagen Golf GTI-level units are more expensive sports cars and - this is key - you can also excite the drivers of expensive sports cars.

Paste: "It becomes immediately obvious what precisely tracks the GTI steering inputs. And the accuracy of direction is directly reflected in the quality of driving. The production of car chassis offers virtually no hint of body roll. The car almost roll and lack results in a very safe driving behavior. However, the GTI, not only deals with sports car with stiff, but also very comfortable. The electronic control of the pads of your new DCC system, in particular, A perfect synthesis of great comfort and excellent handling properties in the GTI. Of course, there are many sports cars that are too rigid. But this one is always right. This should be very clear. "

The sixth Volkswagen Golf GTI is equipped with a sport chassis and its front end was reduced by 22 mm and 15 mm rear. The whole architecture of the springs, shock absorbers and rear stabilizer was completely re-tuned. In front, the mainstay of family-type suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. At the rear, an innovative multi-link suspension system ensures that the ESP is rarely necessary. The braking system is also extremely durable. Here are distinctive brake calipers painted red.

Sports and secure with XDS

For the first time in a Volkswagen, the XDS electronic differential lock cross is being used. That significantly improves traction and handling properties. Technically speaking, XDS is a functional extension of the electronic differential Limited (EDS), integrated into the ESP system.

Fast driving in the curve, as soon as the innovative electronics detects that the wheel inside the curve on the GTI's front axle is driven sufficiently charged, specifically the ESP hydraulic pressure builds up in the wheel brake to restore a optimum traction. XDS It acts as a kind of cross-locking differential that compensates for the understeering which is typical in front-wheel drive vehicle driving through the curves faster.

Results: With XDS, driving behavior is much more accurate and neutral, drivers perceive as more features such as the handling of a vehicle with all-wheel drive traction to the front. Hans-Joachim Stuck, "Beyond Good and the GTI chassis design, the XDS car gives a great measure of stability of leadership. And that leads to greater enjoyment of driving as it reduces understeering. Experienced drivers sports will be much more active way. However, XDS is a very important safety feature for drivers too normal, because they will not experience any surprises with the GTI. It simply no longer go ahead. "

Dynamic and comfortable with DCC

Furthermore, the dynamic chassis control (DCC) system Strietzel mentioned is available on the new GTI. Continuously reacts to the driving situation and road and modifies the damping characteristic accordingly. The driver sees major advances in comfort and dynamic performance directly. During acceleration, braking and steering actions, damping is stiffened in just fractions of a second to best meet the dynamic needs of vehicles and reduce the movement of pitch and roll as described by Stuck.

For drivers who choose the system, besides the "normal" with a basic medium value in the DCC Volkswagen Golf GTI also offers the "Sport" and "Comfort" modes that are activated by a push for change above the door. In "Sports", the power steering is also attentive to a more dynamic response.

Cruise safely with the ACC

For the first time, the control system of the distance ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) is offered in the Volkswagen Golf GTI after the late summer of 2009. When the ACC automatically brakes and accelerates the GTI in a window frame rate of 30 to 210 km / h. Especially when the cruise speed, for example, the speed limit on the motorway, the CAC offers a major plus in comfort and safety.

Implementing a remote control with laser sensor in the rearview mirror that continuously analyzes the distance to the vehicle in front of the car and its five-speed lasers. The system works successfully in the curve of driving too. The CAC is controlled via a lever on the steering column. Important: As soon as the ACC system reaches its limits, the driver is asked to retake control of visual and audible warning signals.

Park Assistance Generation II

Another high-tech in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Park Attendance is optional park assistant director. The second generation system is used here. Which allows almost automatic backup parking parallel to the road. The driver must only operate the accelerator and brake (on the last version manual) clutch, the GTI oxen in the pre-scanned by the sensor control. Previously the space had to be at least 1.4 meters longer than the vehicle, now 1.1 meters is sufficient. In addition, the system now allows for multiple forward-backward in the stages of parking. Park Assistance is disabled as soon as the driver manually intervenes in the right direction. When ordering GTI with this system, the acoustic system proximity warning ParkPilot (front and rear) and Hill Hold Control are also included.

Bi-xenon headlights with bend lighting

As an option, Volkswagen is offering the Volkswagen Golf GTI with the completely redesigned bi-xenon headlights including dynamic curve lighting. Headlights turn over leadership of a radius of up to 13 degrees outward and seven degrees on the inside. The style of the headlights closely matches the sporty character of the GTI. The interior double modules (xenon outboard, parking light / turn signal on board) each have a sheath of chrome through which projects an impressive image. Located below the low - the GTI and design - are always aligned vertically and standard fog lamps.

Interior of the GTI

If there is no such thing as total perfection of ergonomics is to be found in the new GTI. Paste: "This environment is not that a person would have in a luxury sedan. However, the interior is uncompromisingly sporty. It begins with the seats. They offer a high degree of comfort and long travel are equally suitable for running 24 hour race. IAWG is super comfortable, super-ergonomic. You can adjust everything on the seat. But it is not necessary. Only to rise, move the seat forward once, then back, and it is. Sit . Done. A perfect fit. "A real compliment.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is equipped with standard sports seats, which - as once before - are upholstered in a plaid pattern fabric ( "Jacky"). Leather seats ( "Vienna") are available as options. A lumbar support built into the seats to be positioned by a lever on the side of the seat. For security reasons, optimized whiplash head restraints (WOKS) are also on board. Headrest precisely counteract whiplash in an accident. Logo GTI has worked in the WOKS material.

Additional Features: Of course, it also has pedals Golf with brushed stainless steel lids, a GTI custom gearshift lever in aluminum look, a leather steering wheel with handle recesses and GTI emblem, there is naturally red decorative stitching on the steering wheel, and leather gearshift surround brake grip, of course, the roofline is black, making it the mainstay of court. Naturally, because this is a Golf GTI. That is why decorative inserts in the doors and tools are customized with "Black Stripe" elements of style - black, high gloss metal look accents. In any case, the GTI is broken through the boundaries of class with high surface quality and characteristics that are pleasing to the touch and sight. The impression made by the materials and workmanship, details such as brushed chrome accents and elegant round instruments give the impression of actually sitting in a car the next higher class, or a more expensive sports car. In contrast to most sports cars, however, the VW Golf GTI provides ample space for five people. Its load capacity of between 350 and 1305 liters GTI also makes sure that drivers can handle almost all the challenges of everyday life with confidence.


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