2015 Volkswagen GTI: More Power Than Traction
November 12, 2014
More power is rarely looked down upon around here. Most cars get better when they have more guts underneath the hood, but our 2015 Volkswagen GTI isn't one of them, at least not all of the time.
The problem is traction. Trying to send 210 horses through the front wheels doesn't always work very well. Spinning wheels and choppy acceleration often result and there's not much you can do about it other than lift.
This is nothing new. The GTI, and just about every other high power front-wheel drive car ever made, has suffered from this issue for decades. Volkswagen has done a good job of getting the GTI to hook up better but it's still an issue that you have to consider before mashing the throttle with any gusto. I think our previous Ford Focus ST did a better job of filtering out torque steer.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @781 miles