2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: Does It Really Need More Power?

March 12, 2010

When we posted our intro of the long-term GTI there was a chorus of comments saying we should chip the thing for more power. It's cheap, it's easy and totally reversible. What could go wrong?

Well, I'm sure nothing would go wrong, but after driving it for a couple of days I'm not so sure it needs more power. Actually, let me qualify that, I don't think it needs more power right now.

This engine already delivers enough power to get the wheels spinning for traction. It's good fun around town, but I suspect that a quick run on a twisty road would expose the GTI's handling limits way before any lack of power.

So yes, more power would be nice, but if I were going to spend my money on upgrades I would probably start with a tighter suspension setup first.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 1,361 miles

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