The Euro-spec GTI is equipped with a second-generation 2.0 TFSI engine with 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. New to the European market, this is the same power unit that appeared in the U.S.-spec Mk V in mid-2008 with 200 hp. (Where did the 10 hp go? Volkswagen of America rates the EA888 2.0 TSI on 91 octane; if you run 93 octane you’ll get about 210 hp.) Both transmission options were at our disposal: six-speed manual and DSG. Being a DSG owner, I had no desire to drive the former. But in order to give a fair assessment, I tried both, and I was surprised how much faster the manual felt compared to the DSG. It was fantastic to have a greater connection with the car-but as soon as I returned home to the daily traffic grind I realized that the manual is a fun mistress, but my marriage to DSG is eternal happiness.