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The Volkswagen GTI has a cult following of drivers who have the “hots” for German hatches and justifiably so.
It offers responsive handling, a powerful turbocharged engine and practical cargo storage. For the 2015 model year, Volkswagen is launching its new GTI in North America and it really is a spectacular product.
Officially the GTI makes 210 hp, but it feels considerably more potent than that from behind the steering wheel. Equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it snaps off shifts with admirable.
The biggest news for the new GTI isn’t that it’s a blast to drive – you already knew that – but how much better it is to sit in. The new platform it shares with Audi’s A3 makes it lighter, better composed on the road and especially roomy.
It’s easy to see out of, spacious to sit in and compact enough to be perfectly city friendly.
Capping it all off, the GTI has almost Audi-like levels of interior quality. Most of the surfaces feel like they would be at home in something from Volkswagen’s classier sister brand, save one glaring exception.
The navigation screen is painfully small and offers disappointingly low resolution. It is practically useless as a navigation device with a display that isn’t much larger than some of the latest cell phones in stores today.
Nevertheless, the GTI offers handling crisper than the crust of a freshly fried schnitzel and a driving experience as satisfying as biting into one. It could be our 2015 car of the year, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
Quickly becoming one of the world's most important motorshows, the LA Auto Show is packing a long list of big debuts this year.
From small crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V to outrageous performance machines like the Shelby GT350 and Cadillac ATS-V Coupe there's no shortage of important products.
On the luxury end Mercedes will relaunch the Maybach brand with an ultra-luxurious version of the S-Class while Bentley aims to impress with a new Mulsanne-based convertible.
Other big debuts include the BMW X5 M and X6 M, the 2016 Acura ILX, Porsche Cayenne GTS, the new all-wheel drive Jaguar F-Type, an updated Ford Explorer, Scion's new iM hatchback concept and a show car that will preview the future of Audi.
Additionally, the Connected Car Expo is back, showcasing some interesting concepts and technologies that can change the future of the automotive industry. Check it all out right here.
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