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. 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.