There was something perfectly right about the first GTI, which was introduced to the European market in 1976. This sporty version of the Golf hatchback was powered by a 1.6-liter engine that delivered 108 horsepower — a modest number by today’s standards. Even so, it created a sensation back then and a new vehicle segment. U.S. enthusiasts had to wait until the 1983 model year for the GTI to land on this side of the pond. It was powered by a “federalized” 1.8-liter engine that developed 90 horsepower. Again, it was a hit.
Fast-forward more than a quarter-century as VW introduces a sixth-generation GTI. This new iteration of the archetypal pocket rocket has been subtly redesigned, with shrewd attention to quietness and traditional GTI cues. Gen 6 nonetheless makes strides in handling and performance, with a slightly more potent version of the brilliant 2.0-liter turbo engine. What the 2010 GTI lacks in outright muscle it more than makes up in balance, quality, refinement and ultimate poise.
Source: MSN Autos