Finally! After the long wait the VW Golf GTI is here in the Philippines. To celebrate its official launch Mr. John Philip Orbeta, President and CEO of Volkswagen Philippines introduced a new addition to the VW brand. He thanked everyone for this momentous occasion to announce that the Golf GTI has arrived talking about the rich history that became the company’s flagship introduced almost forty years ago.
But what is the Golf GTI different from the standard Golf? Here are some interesting details about the famous hatchback that put Volkswagen further in the map of car manufacturers and to get to know the iconic hatchback.
From Bug to the Hatch
Volkswagen first introduced the Golf a compact car in 1974 in some markets it was known as the Rabbit (United States & Canada) or even called as Caribe (Mexico). There are numerous sources suggesting that the car’s nameplate is derived from the German word for Gulf Stream or some say its sport theme-related name with the recently introduction of Polo hatchback (released last February 16th). But the legend of the Golf has grown from just a hatchback with a four letter word name.
It was presented as a replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle as modern front-wheel-drive. Later on Golf variations were introduced and one of them is the Golf GTI known as the “hot hatch” in 1976.
Grand Tourer Injection
GTI stands for Grand Tourer (or “Touring”) Injection as Mr. Orbeta sums up his introduction of the latest iteration of the Golf “is indeed a sports car with true style and performance.” Indeed the “GTI” badge stuck beside the Golf name and it became synonymous with the car expanded to seven generations.
Its popularity unmatched success that built the name and it became a brand of its own that is “THE GTI” and why every gear head would want to experience the thrills of driving one of Volkswagen’s famous car.
Under The Hood
The Golf GTI is equipped with a 2.0 turbocharged stratified injection engine with maximum output of 220 Ps at 4,500-6,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500-4,400 rpm; a 6-speed dual shift gear transmission; and, sports suspension.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) with XDS plus technology, engine drag torque control (MSR), electronic parking brake with auto hold, rear assist rear view camera with 8-channel park distance control, driver alert system, airbags (driver, passenger, driver knee, front side and curtain) are some of the safety features of the Golf GTI.
Comfort, Colors & Details
On the exterior, the Golf GTI comes with the GTI package of 18-inch Austin alloy wheels, bumpers, grille, tail lamps, spoiler, and, dual tailpipes; Bi-Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights (DRL); and, dynamic headlamp control.
Inside, it is also stocked with GTI premium sport seats with “Clark” material, GTI steering wheel with paddle shifts; GTI shift knob, stainless steel pedals, scuff plates, and trim; keyless-go entry/exit with push start; interior ambient lighting; and, a climatronic 2-zone air-conditioning system.
The Golf GTI is priced at PhP 2,290,000.00 pesos and available in five colors: Oryx White Pearl, Tornado Red, Night Blue, Limestone Grey, and Deep Black Pearl.
For more information on the Golf GTI and other VW models, or to request a test drive, visit at: Volkswagen.com.ph or drop by one of the dealerships/satellite offices located at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig; Quezon Avenue in Quezon City; Sheridan Street in Mandaluyong City; Molito Lifestyle Building in Alabang, Muntinlupa; and North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.
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