...A leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, shift knob and hand brake are standard on both. Minor changes include increased padding for the head curtain airbags, backlighting for the buttons on the standard-issue stereo head unit, pinch protection for the sunroof's tilt function and upgraded wipers. Silverstone Gray replaces Matchstick Red on the exterior color list. Finally, it turns out that last year's special-edition 337 model was indeed special -- it's history for 2003. Pros: Fun to drive, reasonably priced, lots of standard goodies, premium cabin materials, utility of hatchback...
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...Besides, the GTI has a slightly larger fuel tank than the competitors—good for 14.5 gallons. But be aware: Premium is the recommended fuel to get top performance from all these pocket rockets. Driver's car The front-wheel-drive GTI rides like it's cut from a single piece of metal — solidly, with a surprising feeling of heft for a small car, and with a notable firmness in the ride. At about 3,000 pounds base weight, the GTI 1.8T weighs more than the Focus SVT and RSX models. I heard some road noise from the GTI's optional 17-inch tires but was more bothered by wind noise over at the...
...Under the Hood GTI buyers have two engine choices. A turbocharged, intercooled, 1.8-liter four-cylinder in the 1.8 T produces 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 173 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The GTI VR6 holds Volkswagen?s narrow-angle 2.8-liter V-6 engine, which generates 200 hp at 6,200 rpm and 195 pounds-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard in the 1.8 T, and a five-speed-automatic transmission with Tiptronic operation for manually selected gear changes is optional. Only a six-speed-manual gearbox is offered with the VR6. Safety Standard curtain-type...
...Kicking things up a notch was the GTI VR6, which came with a 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generated 200 horsepower. It was linked to a six-speed manual transmission.Standard features included anti-lock brakes, a CD player, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a tilt/telescopic steering column, keyless remote entry, and an anti-trap device in the trunk. Options included a power sunroof, heated front seats, and a CD changer. The 1.8T also came with traction control, while the VR6 was equipped with a stability control system with electronic brake assistance. A...
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