Sunday, April 5, 2009

VW Singapore Launches Special Edition Golf GTI V50 with 246HP

VW Singapore Launches Special Edition Golf GTI V50 with 246HP

While the rest of the world is getting ready to welcome the sixth-generation Golf GTI, in Singapore, Volkswagen has just released a souped-up, limited edition version of the outgoing model that has gained some grunt. Performance upgrades on the Golf GTI V50 (Mark V) include a 'Stage 1' ECU tuning and a new sport exhaust system that add 46 more horsepower and an extra 102Nm of torque for a total output of 246HP and 382Nm of peak torque.

Equipped with a 6-speed DSG, the fifth-generation GTI V50 goes from zero to 100km/h (62 mph) in just 5.6 seconds versus the standard GTI's 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 261 km/h or 162mph (basic GTI: 233 km/h or 145mph).

Additional upgrades include the larger brake discs and callipers derived from the Golf R32, the 18-inch alloy wheels shod in 225/40 R18 Pirelli P-Zero tires and a new bodykit complemented by a two-tone black and white paint job which we could have done without.

The good news for GTI fans is that the limited edition Golf GTI V50 comes with a full factory warranty. The bad news is that it will be available only in Singapore.


Interior equipment

– "Climatronic" air-conditioning system with 2-zone temperature control and dust and pollen flter

– Aluminium and leather gearshift handle

– Backrest split foldable 1 ⁄3 to 2 ⁄3 including load through provision and centre armrest

– Front centre armrest with storage box and 2 rear cup holders

– Front and rear carpet mats

– Lockable glove compartment with cooling

– Illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visors

– Automatically dimming interior mirror

– Leather upholstery in "Vienna" on sport seats with height adjustment (heated)

– Luggage compartment cover with net

– Leather-covered multi-function steering wheel with decorative aluminium inserts and gearshift paddles

– Multi-function display "Plus"

– Front and rear power windows

– Radio remote controlled central locking with 2 folding keys

– "RCD 500" with in-dash 6 CD changer, 10 speakers

– Space and weight saving spare wheel

– Storage pockets on front seat backrests and additional storage compartment in roof console

– Cruise control

– Drawers under driver seat

– 2 front reading lights with chrome trim and 2 rear reading lights

– 12-volt socket in luggage compartment

Exterior equipment

– Volkswagen "Pirelli" 18 inch alloy rims with 225/40 tyres "P Zero"

– Automatic low beam mode with "Coming Home" and "Leaving Home" function

– Bi-xenon headlights for low beam and high beam

– Electric tilt sunroof

– Electrically adjustable and foldable outer mirror, separately heated and automatically dimming on driver's side including curb view on passenger side

– Front and rear bumpers in sports design, body-coloured rear spoiler

– Front fog lights

– Heat-insulating blue tinted glass

– Metallic paint

– Rear window wiper and washer system with intermittent control

– White side turn signal lights

– Sport suspension lowered by approximately 15mm

– Wheel locks

Safety equipment

– 3-point seat belts for all passenger seats

– Front seat belts with height adjustment and seat belt tensioner

– Electronic stabilization program (ESP)

– Comfort brake assistant, ABS, ASR and EDL

– Curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags at the front

– Driver and front passenger airbag

– Front passenger airbag deactivation

– Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

– Front and rear disc brakes (front ventilated)

– ISOFIX child seat preparation (for 2 rear child seats)

– Driver and front passenger active head restraints

– Power-assisted steering, speed sensitive

– Electronic vehicle immobilization device

– Extended pedestrian protection measures

– Warning buzzer and warning light for front seat belts not fastened

– Flat tyre indicator

– Rain sensor

Performance Upgrades

– Volkswagen Performance Stage 1 ECU Tuning to 246hp

– Volkswagen Performance R32 front and rear brake discs and calipers

– Volkswagen Performance Exhaust

– Volkswagen Performance Body Kit

– Volkswagen "Pirelli" 18 inch alloy rims with 225/40 tires "P Zero"

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