By Nick Walker on
2006 Volkswagen GTI New 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
On a closed track I have run my 2006 GTI 2.0 against the following. 2003 Subaru WRX. I beat it. 2006 Dodge Charger Hemi, short track, only about 1/8 mile, I beat it. 2006 Pontiac GTO short track, I beat it. 2006 Pontiac G6, long track, I beat it. I know the GTO and Charger should have beaten me but it comes down to the driver as well. I have driven all of the above cars and mine is the easiest to drive as well. Only thing I don't like about my GTI is that the shifter feels a little sluggish. It has no problem shifting, but it doesn't have the crispness that the short shifter in my Acura had. Overall, this is an outstanding car. I haven't been beat yet!
The low end torque, as soon as you hit 1,800 rpms it puts you back in the seat.
Improve the crispness of the shifter, I think it is the way it is to be smoother shifting for people who aren't as confident shifting. It's just a little to soft for my liking.