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Ordering Golf GTi online

18 August 2004

Advance orders for the forthcoming Volkswagen Golf GTi can now be made through a dedicated new website.

Prices of the new 197bhp Golf GTi will be confirmed at the Paris Motor Show in September

Advance orders for the forthcoming Volkswagen Golf GTi can now be made through a dedicated new website.

With first deliveries of the 197bhp car in January, buyers can now visit www.newgolfgti.co.uk to browse through options, specify their ideal GTi and put a deposit down with a dealer.

Prices on the site give an indication of how much the GTi will set buyers back, although these will only be finally confirmed at the Paris Motor Show in September.

A three-door model costs £19,995, according to the site, while the five-door carries a £500 premium. Volkswagen expects the five-door to account for around 60% of the 6000 cars arriving in 2005.

The GTi will have a turbocharged version of the Golf’s 2.0-litre FSi petrol engine. It is expected to accelerate to 60mph in less than 8sec and have a top speed in excess of 130mph.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, front, side and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electric windows and mirrors, front foglights, a CD player and alarm.

Five-door buyers can upgrade from the six-speed manual transmission to the excellent Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) for £1400. The DSG transmission is an automated manual, which provides a fully self-shifting mode but also allows drivers to select ratios by nudging the gear lever forward and back.

Volkswagen says it has still to decide whether DSG will be offered on
three-door GTis. Indications are that it will be made available if demand from buyers is sufficient.

The steering wheel-mounted paddles available with DSG on other Volkswagen models are not yet on offer, but could later join the options list at a few hundred pounds.

For £900, the 17-inch alloy wheels can be upgraded to 18-inch items, and metallic paint costs £335.

Standard tartan-style cloth trim can be replaced by beige or dark leather for £1645, while Recaro bucket seats will be available from the middle of the year.

Volkswagen says a handful of orders have already been placed for the GTi, but customers placing orders now should still be in time to receive their cars in January.

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