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This new architecture also uses separate mountings of springs and dampers and allows for improved lower wishbones mounting points, and the use of twin-sleeve shock absorbers.
At the rear, for the first time, the GTI comes equipped with an advanced multi-link independent rear suspension. This groundbreaking feature promises not only to improve the GTI's sporty performance but also helps improve the balance of offering sporty driving dynamics and ride sophistication.
This fully independent four-link suspension, with coil springs, telescopic shocks and stabilizer bar, also allowed the designers and engineers to create more space and practicality to the GTI, including a large opening into the luggage compartment.
Handling performance is honed to perfection by the GTI's new electro-mechanical power rack-and-pinion steering system, which offers an extremely good "center feel" and contributes significantly to the new car's confident straight-line stability.
This gives the new GTI driver a desirable connected-to-the-road feel but also provides the added capability of active-return steering and straight-ahead driving correction assistance.
DSG Dual Clutch Gearbox in Golf GTi
Twin clutch manual gearboxes are these days seen in everything from supercars to commercial vans and in the sixth generation Golf GTi the six-speed DSG unit works well, changing gear instantly when the driver flicks one of the paddles on the steering wheel or gearlever.
There is still a pause if the driver suddenly selects a gear the DSG gearbox box isn’t prepared for, but it is now far less noticeable.
The driver can leave the gearbox in automatic mode, but in a hot hatch like the Golf GTi that is really missing the point.
There are hatchbacks on the market with much higher power numbers, but only the similarly powered Ford Focus XR5 comes even close to the Volkswagen Golf GTi in combining just the right amount of power with the right amount of handling and delivering it all in a fun to use package.
A New Engine Has Made the GTi Even Better
There's ample midrange torque, along with a linear high-rpm surge that's a rarity in the world of turbocharging; moreover, the GTI-specific intake design sends a glorious sound through the firewall under full throttle.
linear high-rpm surge that's a rarity in the world of turbocharging;
The 2011 Volkswagen GTI cruises like a pint-size BMW. It's quiet and composed at all speeds, and the ride is firm but never punishing.
The extensively contoured flat-bottom steering wheel feels great and wouldn't look out of place in the Audi R8 supercar.
The standard front sport seats provide an excellent combination of lateral support and long-distance comfort.
Unlike many cars in this class, the GTI offers well-padded armrests all around.
The backseat is just as impressive given the GTI's diminutive dimensions (the Mazdaspeed 3 looks and feels almost like a midsize wagon by comparison).
The fact that two 6-foot-plus adults can comfortably ride in back — with the front seats configured for their physiques, no less — is simply astounding.
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