Lucky GTI driver uninjured after massive crash at Nurburgring

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Unlike the Toronto area kid who chose to explore his GT-R’s upper limits on a public road yesterday, the guy you are about to see was doing it right. He took his Mk5 VW GTI to the track. That track however is the famously unforgiving Nurburgring and when he needed to be forgiven, the Green Hell was not in the mood to help out.

The YouTube poster reports that the driver was unhurt, but was taken to hospital to get checked out anyway. His Golf is pretty much finished.

Review: 2010 Volkswagen GTI

Make no mistake, the Volkswagen GTI is the original hot hatch. First introduced in 1976 in Europe, those of us on the other side of the Atlantic had to wait until 1983 for a taste of what was destined to be an icon. The GTI proved that buyers on a budget could enjoy snappy acceleration and sharp handling wrapped in a practical package.

As years and generations of the GTI passed, the car became increasingly more sophisticated, luxurious, and heavy. GTI purists found the VR6 engine out of sync with the original purpose of the GTI. The Mark V GTI, introduced here in 2006, is heralded as a return to the original car’s roots, and the new for 2010 Mark VI GTI is considered even more faithful. It was time for The Garage to see for themselves.

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Also Official: 2010 VW GTI

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With the MkV GTI, VW recaptured the mojo of the MkI and MkII GTIs to the delight of VW purists, plus any enthusiast who appreciates a car that is a kick in the pants to drive. But when it’s time for a new Golf, we also get a new GTI. Since the old GTI was such a great package, VW pretty much left the drivetrain, suspension and steering alone. What we do get is a new exterior and instrument panel. The black honeycomb grill with red stripes, an homage to the Mk I GTI, looks great, and should make anyone smile who “gets it” smile.

What should also continue to make a GTI driver smile is the powerplant-still a 2.0L turbo intercooled four with 200hp. Depending on your preferences, you have a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The manual takes you to 60mph from a stop in 6.8 seconds (6.7 for the DSG), while delivering 21 city/31 highway mpg (the DSG does slightly better, at 24/32mpg). It’s also worth mentioning the DSG features launch control. [Read more...]