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Chris Harris Tests the New MkVII GTI. Commence Drooling

Chris Harris GTI

The GTI has always been Volkswagen’s sportiest offering, and each successive iteration of the hatchback whose life began in 1976 is hailed as the best combination of handling, practicality, and value on the market. The 2015 MkVII is bigger than the outgoing model, but will also be 100lbs lighter than the MkVI, and an extra 10hp is squeezed from the evolving 2.0L turbo-4 (an additional 10hp is available in the optional Performance package). The car is already on sale in the UK as the Golf GTI, and that means: review time! As usual, Chris Harris does a great job putting the GTI through its paces on a public road (because most owners and prospective buyers won’t take one to the track).

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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