There are some (quite a large number, in fact) who claim you can’t have fun on a race track in a front wheel drive car. I know quite a few of them. And in the wrong front driver, they’re likely right. Take a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado with its 8.2 liter V8 channeled through one front tire at any time and enough body roll to mimic a rowboat during Katrina and the recipe might be humorous, but doubtfully fun. However, 1976 also saw the introduction of a revolution in front drive platforms – the very first Golf GTi. Consider, for a moment, that GM’s replacement in 1977 for the thirsty 8.2 V8 was a every-so-slightly less thirsty 7.0 liter V8 (it was, after all, fuel crisis time….). That cast iron monster produced a heady 180 horsepower. Volkswagen engineers took a inline-4 with only 1.6 liters and twisted 110 horsepower out of it in a car that weighed about the same as the motor in the Cadillac. That was the magic of the GTi and it’s why it started the trend of hot front wheel drive cars that still is running arguably stronger than ever today. With clever transmissions, electronics and differentials, perceived weaknesses in the design have been nearly eliminated and most of the really trick nose FWD cars are as quick – if not quicker in some cases – than their rear-drive counterparts around a track. Therefore racing FWD cars is still a popular past time as today’s quite successful GTi is a testament to:
Not that long ago, if you were at a gathering of automobile enthusiasts and said you had a diesel race car, you would likely have been laughed out of the group. And if I’m completely honest, I probably would have been one of those laughing. The term “diesel” coupled with “performance” just were two words at opposite ends of the spectrum to me even as recently as the mid 1990s. I recall that I had a friend who was very excited about the then relatively new TDi Golf and Jetta, reciting from carefully memorized brochures the fuel economy figures in any given situation. But then, something strange happened. I grew up and got a job where I had to drive – a lot – and was footing my own gas bill. Suddenly, the concept of 50 m.p.g. and having something a little different than the typical performance cars made sense to me. I was contemplating all sorts of weird permutations, generally into the cars I owned. For example, I thought the concept of swapping a diesel motor into the V8 quattro chassis was an interesting one, or for that matter an Audi S6 – the look of performance, but the mileage and run-for-eternity longevity of a diesel motor. Then Volkswagen did us all a favor and started bringing over performance versions of their TDi cars, starting with the Jetta TDi Cup Edition. An effective homologation of their one-make race series, the TDi Cups were essentially a GLi with the TDi powerplant – and offer performance in corners to make things fun coupled to fuel economy that makes life more practical:
Last week I wrote up a 2007 Fahrenheit Jetta GLi, a special limited-run of all-yellow sport sedans. Today, here’s the orange-haired brother of that car – the GTi Fahrenheit Edition. Limited to a run of 1200 like the Jetta, all of these GTis appeared in Magma Orange with matching interior trim, but the same Charleston 18″ wheels and a slightly lower suspension. One important difference from the GLi? While the GLi could be had with a 6-speed manual, the GTi was DSG only:
Model: GTi Fahrenheit Edition
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 73,688 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy It Now
We are very excited to offer a very fine automobile; a 2007 Volkswagen GTI Fahrenheit Edition. The GTI carries on the tradition of being an affordable “pocket rocket” by providing performance in a small, high-value package. GTIs have been part of the Volkswagen lineup for two decades. Each GTI is equipped with a sport suspension, darkened taillight lenses and dual tailpipes. Body-colored bumpers, mirror housings, side moldings, door handles and grille round out the exterior picture. The 2007 Volkswagen GTI is a performance-oriented hatchback. Both two-door and four-door body styles are offered. Standard equipment includes xenon HID headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control, sport front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat and a 10-speaker, six-CD/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary jack and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. This limited-edition Fahrenheit trim features hot orange paint, heated leather sport seats, orange interior accents and a sport-tuned suspension wearing unique 18-inch alloys. Height-adjustable rear head restraints are standard. The instruments are backlit in a vibrant blue hue at night, and the driver faces a sporty three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
It’s funny how similar the Golf and Jetta are, and yet how far apart the people that really get into them are. Enthusiasts really seem to like one or the other, but generally don’t really like both. I have to say, while I’m pretty firmly in the “Golf” camp myself, there are a few GLis that I really appreciate – the original Mk.1 GLis are some of my favorites, and in more recent times the Mk.5 and Mk.6 GLis have been pretty impressive and competent sports sedans. In particular, the newest of the range really steps up as a budget A4. But with a few special editions available in both the Mk.4 and Mk. 5 platform, there are some things to love there as well. Today’s Fahrenheit Edition GLi is one such special; a Jetta GLi that was turned up to 11 to make it a little more special:
Model: Jetta GLi Fahrenheit Edition
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 63,975 mi
Price: $10,777 Buy It Now
2007 Volkswagen Jetta This is a smoke-free automobile.There is no damage evident on this vehicle.This is a garage kept vehicle.The engine on this vehicle is running properly.This vehicle has no known defects.The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean.Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse.There is approximately 75% of the tire tread remaining.The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate.There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle.There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle.This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission.All power equipment is functioning properly.
The Yellow caries over to the interior on this car, with stitching and accents which tie it all together. The “Charleston” 18″ wheels are neat and fit the design well, though these show a little curbing typical on Mk.5 wheels.…
Like all Volkswagen models, Jettas seem to draw a very different crowd than the quite similar Golf, and generally that crowd (among enthusiasts anyways) has a bit of a reputation for being….different. Personally, my favorite GLis are the 2.0 16Vs with big bumpers, but Volkswagen has listened to what you wanted over the years, and with age has come more options, bigger bodies and more power. Still it seems that the Jetta falls squarely in the shadow of it’s badonkadonakless brother, the GTi. That belies what a good car the Jetta has become since the original A1; it’s remained the sophisticated and sporty option amongst small sedans while others have come and gone. Today I want to look at two GLi options that are very popular amongst the tuner crowds. Let’s start with a Mk. 4 2004 GLi:
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now
2004 VW Jetta GLI, has 103k miles, 6sp. I drive the car daily so miles will go up slighty not much. Once car is sold I will stop driving it. I have a clean title in hand. There is a $250 NON-refundable deposit once offer is accepted. You have 48 hours to leave a deposit once offer is accepted. The rest of payment is in CASH when buyer picks the car up. You will have 7 days to pickup the car.
Runs and drives good everything works. No leaks of any kind. ABS light and ESP light is on. Trying to fix both light issues once I do I will update listing. There are a few spots were the headliner is sagging a little. Like new tires (tires installed Oct 2012), timing belt and water pump (installed last year), throw out bearing with slave cylinder installed last week.