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VW GTI – N. Moore Street, NYC

June 19th, 2009 by Ian

 

volkswagen-gti1This founding member of the hot hatch hall of fame looks fast while standing still on Tribecca’s North Moore street. Go fast looks aside, you really can’t ask for a better city racer thanks to the uber wide torque curve (max torque available from 1800 – 5000 RPM), nimble handling and compact dimensions. Onlookers will never confuse this “United Gray” GTI with a mere Golf thanks in part to unique styling cues like ‘Interlagos’ checkered cloth seats, black honeycomb snout, deeper spoilers and side skirts, rear wing, chromed exhaust, ‘Monza’ alloy wheels and, of course, that sweet turbo four. Look for MK6, basically an over-hyped cosmetic refresh, this September.

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  • Nice spot, this little bugger is great looking !

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  • The MKVI is a horrible looking car IMHO. Taking the rear end of an SUV and slapping it on the rear of a sporty hot-hatch is lunacy. Maybe I’m a bit biased having owned a MKIV R32 but to me, even the MKV was a step backward in overall appearance. It may be a better car but I still think the MKIV is the best looking. That said, that 2.0T is one hell of an engine.

  • I currently a black MKV (4-door) and it’s the best car I’ve had. Great pictures.

  • [...] While driving in the French Vosges, more specifically in Saint Etienne at the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, I spotted this rally-inspired, hot hatch duo just waiting to square off against one another on a dusty mountain pass somewhere. In one corner, the Lime Green Focus RS…so bold, flamboyant and boy racer in appearance. Don’t be fooled by the economy car underpinnings though. This muscle has got plenty of hustle behind it…300 ponies worth. Thats good enough to move the little rocket from a standing start to 60 MPH in less than 6 seconds. Sitting alongside it, the more understated Clio RS, all business-like and functional in white. The black wheels, dual exhaist and tints add a menacing touch. The verdict…Europeans love them some hot hatchbacks. [...]