Motorsports Monday: 2007 Volkswagen GTi

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:

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Motorsport Mondays: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Cup

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:

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2007 Volkswagen GTi Fahrenheit Edition

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:

Year: 2007
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

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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. Standard side curtain airbags protect the heads of outboard occupants in side collisions. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, all-disc antilock brakes and daytime running lights are also standard. This VW GTI comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a six-speed, sequential-shifting automated manual called DSG. An automatic-transmission GTI delivers impressive performance. Having so much power at hand raises the fun quotient, and this hatchback’s confident handling makes it even more appealing. The DSG’s lightning-quick shifts are faster than a driver can execute with a manual transmission. The DSG transmission (standard on this Fahrenheit trim) can be shifted via paddles on the steering wheel or placed in fully automatic mode. Even when the transmission is in automatic mode, a couple of quick flicks of the downshift paddle instantly drops the car into a lower gear for a handy blast of acceleration. The bucket seats are exceptionally comfortable because they are shaped to provide excellent lateral and under-thigh support. During sporty driving, the seats hold the driver and front-seat passenger securely. Sporty handling is a large part of the GTI equation. The front McPherson struts and multi-link independent rear axle have been tuned to provide good road holding. The independent rear axle yields a compliant ride without sacrificing cornering prowess. VW said that the fully independent four-link suspension, with coil springs, telescopic shocks and stabilizer bar, allowed engineers to create a large opening into the luggage compartment. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, stability control, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In NHTSA testing, the four-door GTI earned four stars out of five for its protection of front occupants in frontal impacts. For that agency’s side-impact test, the car earned a five-star rating. In IIHS crash tests, the car scored a “Good” (the highest possible) in both the frontal-offset and side-impact tests and an “Acceptable” (the second highest) rating in rear-impact testing. This VW also earned that agency’s “Silver” award as a Top Safety Pick. We have owner manuals, one key and all floor mats for this car. It is very clean inside and out, Non-smoker and it drives almost like new. We aim to describe the cosmetic and mechanical condition of the vehicle as accurate as possible. All descriptions are strictly our professional opinion base on the year and mileage of the vehicle and in no way on a brand new vehicle. Please review all of the pictures for more details keeping in mind that visual inspection is more accurate than details perceived in a picture. Please call or visit our showroom for more details about this wonderful car 800-610-5562

In general, special editions of the GTi hold more value than special editions of the Jetta; that goes pretty much across the board, but is especially true with the Fahrenheit. Why? The color alone explains it – Magma Orange was the “it” color for the Mk.5 GTi. As such, even though it has a few more miles than the GLi I showed last week, the asking price is a few thousand dollars more. Is it worth it? Well, as I said in the GLi post, I’m a Golf fan myself, so I already prefer this model. I love the combination of the wheels and the color. However, I’m not a huge fan of the DSG transmission in this car and for me that really limits the appeal. When you further factor in that the asking price is the best part of double most other Mk.5 GTis, you really have lost me. While the novelty of the color is pretty cool, I just don’t see how it justifies a $5,000 premium at this time.

-Carter

2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLi Fahrenheit Edition

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:

Year: 2007
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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLi Fahrenheit Edition on eBay

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. Otherwise, the car appears in great shape and with lower miles is offered at a quite reasonable $10,777 – a figure not far out of line with the earlier and more problematic Mk. 4 GLis. Truth be told, I like the look of the Mk.4 slightly more than the Mk.5, and some would complain that the interior details on Jettas of late have cheapened. But keeping in mind this is a 200hp, 6 speed performance sedan for under $11,000 in great shape, I think it’s pretty reasonably priced for a special daily driver!

-Carter

Two turbos and eight doors: 2004 VW GLi v. 2006 VW GLi

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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:

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Year: 2004
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now

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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. New front and rear rotors and brakes pads. Body is in good condition but does have a few marks and blemishes (I have pics of the areas).

Sold as is no warranty or returns. Please ask all questions before making an offer or buying. If you would like to take it for a test drive please email me. If you would like more pictures please email me an email address and ill send them.

I have to admit, I think the 20th Anniversary Edition GTis look a little more tasteful than the GLis with the body kits, but I’ve always loved the 18″ BBS RC option on these cars – they look fantastic. This car offers a pretty tidy package with plenty of speed out of the box, but the new owner can go nuts and modify it to pretty unbelievable levels if desired. I wouldn’t push it too much; the front driver VWs with transverse engines tend to be torque steerers that eat transmissions, suspension components and driveshafts as the power rises, but you could easily push this to 250 horsepower if desired and have a blast. If the Mk.4 is a little too fussy and unreliable for you, perhaps you’d like a little more refinement offered in the Mk.5 chassis, like this 2006:

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Year: 2006
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 90,645 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLi on eBay

2006 V.W. Jetta GLI Turbo
“Only 90K”
Rare 6-Speed
Loaded Leather-Sunroof

This is a fantastic opportunty to own a well cared for 2006 V.W. Jetta GLI. The GLI is the top of the Line in the Jetta Series. This Jetta is incredibly clean, with Very Low Mileage. Every where you look this truck is near perfect. It appears to have always been very well maintained and cared for. This car is in very good condition. It appears to have been garaged it whole life.

The Exterior: is in very nice condition. The paint has great shine and depth with very very minor scratches or rock chips, visible only under close inspection.

This car is loaded Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Dual Climate Control,
17″ Factory Alloy Wheels,
Steering Wheel Controls, Xenon Headlights,
Side Airbags
This car is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage.
Car comes with clean Autocheck (No Accidents)
It also has the Factory Upgraded Alloy Wheels with Good Tires.

The Interior: is also in very very nice condition with very little wear,(really no wear) near perfect. It comes loaded with Heater Leather Power Seats, Power Sunroof, Upgraded Sound System.(the radio does show some wear on the preset buttons I have seen it on most of this model), The Seat show nearly no wear, and the foam is not broken down, even where you get in and out it is like new.

This Jetta runs and drives fantastic. It has great power and drives tight, and brakes straight and smooth. A real pleasure to drive. The pictures do not do this Jetta GLI justice, it is much better in person. This is Sporty well cared for V.W. Jetta GLI that is in beautiful condition and are very hard to find like this. That makes this a “DON’T MISS OPPORTUNITY!!

LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

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Change to the fifth generation Jetta resulted in a massive increase in quality, refinement, and sophistication for the Jetta, much as the jump from third to fourth had. The 2.0 turbo motor gained power, smoothness and torque over the earlier 1.8Ts behaving a little less like an on/off switch. Early units were noted for oil consumption, but the overall package is pretty slick. Looking at this car in comparison to the A2 Jetta, it’s hard to believe they’re priced pretty similarly. VW did ride quality a favor by swapping down to 17″ “Classics” wheels that are more pothole friendly though don’t look as spectacular; swapping them out for a set of OEM 18″ wheels is easily enough done, like the R32 spec Omanyt alloys that are a favorite of mine, on Ebay now:

Choosing between these two for me is difficult; I prefer the look of the earlier car slightly to the less fussy and rounder design of the Mk. 5, but at the same time it’s hard to argue with the refinement and general improvements in the later model. Mk. 4s can be pretty tough to live with by some reports, and I have not heard the same problem of the Mk. 5 to this point, though being a VW product, I’d expect the unexpected and presume that an engine light will be on in the not-too-distant future. Turbocharged fun, sporty handling, practicality, decent fuel economy, and low entry price make these great options for the daily grind.

Which one would you have?

-Carter