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Volkswagen refines new GTI with handling tech (pictures)

For the GTI's seventh generation, Volkswagen refines its performance version of the Golf with more handling tech and drive mode settings.

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Volkswagen brings the GTI back along with the seventh generation of its Golf model.

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Styling details, such as the honeycomb grille, carry over with this generation of the GTI.

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Like the Golf, the GTI version is available in two-door or four-door body styles.

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New for the GTI Mk7 is an optional adaptive damper system.

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The GTI gains some size over the previous generation, with a little more length and width.

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Under the hood, Volkswagen refined the 2-liter four-cylinder engine from the previous version, pushing it up to 210 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

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XDS Plus is the name for Volkswagen's electronic limited-slip differential, which is basically a corner braking system.

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Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are part of an optional Lighting package.

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The GTI benefits from a multilink rear suspension with a standard antiroll bar.

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A blind-spot monitor is available with a Driver Assistance package.

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Power-adjustable sport seats come in higher-trim GTIs.

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Volkswagen reworked its infotainment systems for this generation of the GTI, with a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen.

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Electric power steering includes a Normal and Sport program.

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Volkswagen sticks to analog gauges, but includes full trip info and infotainment on the instrument cluster LCD.

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A six-speed manual comes standard in the GTI, while a six-speed automated manual, called DSG, is available.

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Navigation is optional on the head unit.

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Drive modes let you choose between Normal, Sport, and custom settings.

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Audio sources include satellite radio, USB drives, SD cards, and iOS devices.

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The excellent Fender audio system is available for the GTI.

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Volkswagen includes a Lightning adapter so you can plug newer iOS devices into the stereo.

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