第7代高尔夫GTI试驾感受 First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI ‘Euro-Spec’

by Todd Gillis, Herald Wheels Editor   译/刘佳宁

The 2014 VW Golf GTI 'Euro-Spec', a popular seller in Europe will hit Canada showrooms in fall of 2015. (VW photo) 2014大众欧版高尔夫GTI目前畅销欧洲市场,预计2015年秋季在加拿大展厅与车迷们见面。

The 2014 VW Golf GTI ‘Euro-Spec’, a popular seller in Europe will hit Canada showrooms in fall of 2015. (VW photo)
2014大众欧版高尔夫GTI目前畅销欧洲市场,预计2015年秋季在加拿大展厅与车迷们见面。

八月下旬,大众汽车在加州纳帕谷举办了2014全系试驾活动。酷热的下午,我把自己的名字加在了全新欧版高尔夫GTI的试驾名单中。这个候驾名单的长度仅此于尚酷R。

7代高尔夫GTI,北美汽车产业高性能“小钢炮”圈子里最令人期待的车型之一,也是活动中最受关注的车辆。对于像Vee-Dub俱乐部等具有运动精神的爱好者们,自1976年推出其原始版本起,GTI就成为一款独一无二的经典。我在3月份的日内瓦车展期间首次体验了MKVII;如今见面,它依旧披着红色龙卷风。

当天,我试驾的车辆使用了常见的2.0升16气门直列四缸涡轮发动机,能够产生220马力和258磅 – 英尺的扭矩(加拿大版本可能会被额定为210马力和258磅 – 英尺)。大脚油门猛烈加速再不会感觉到变速器换挡时动力的瞬间停滞,而这要归功于DSG双离合变速器。6速双离合换挡变速箱,也就是DSG,具备运动,舒适和环保三个驱动模式。GTI渐进式转向系统首次亮相;这一系统让驾驶者更轻松的控制方向盘,完成理想的转弯(仅需转动到底2.1圈)。即使是在崎岖不平的赛道上,GTI也表现迅捷。不论高速还是低速,围绕纳帕谷的崎岖山脉还是平坦的柏油路,驾驶GTI都绝对是一种享受。

新款GTI的外部设计不同于其他高尔夫车型,它特别配有红色绘制动卡钳、经典的蜂巢式前格栅,熏黑处理的后灯,还有80毫米直径的排气管相称左右。新款GTI有长,低,宽三大特点,并且比6代车型轻100kg(28%车身由更牢固,更薄,更轻的热成型钢构成)。其独特的红色条纹标记在散热器格栅的下边缘,并延伸至左边,直至其双氙气大灯外壳。在保险杠的最下段部分和漆成车身颜色横梁下方,黑色蜂巢图案前格栅的不再配有黑色框架,而是将表面漆成车身颜色,使进气口表面更加明显。大灯下方的侧面,三个黑色的空气动力学鳍片更为新款GTI的前卫造型增色。侧梁和后扩散器也选用黑色。车顶扰流板设计略大,为车辆带来更高的高速稳定性。

在内饰方面,GTI 7代替换了6代的“Jacky”设计,采用格子图案“Clark”。运动型座椅利用良好的人体工程学设计,更好的支撑了人体,并在座椅下增加了滑动抽屉。红色的装饰缝线为座椅和换档饰板增添了一抹运动感。其它内部特点让人再次想起了高尔夫球,包括定制的运动方向盘和特殊的换档握柄(向1代GTI和新方向盘设计致敬)。三条高光黑色金属装饰的平底方向盘轻巧,容易抓握。和其他款高尔夫不同,新车型有一个圆形减震器,很像1代。此外GTI内部配有红色照明,别致的装饰和仪表板,拉丝不锈钢踏板和脚部休息区,以及不锈钢门槛。

这款车目前已经成为欧洲最畅销的车型。要想在加拿大展厅见到2014新版GTI,恐怕要等到2015年秋天。可是,它绝对值得等待。(完)

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The waiting list for the Scirocco R was the only one longer than the Euro-Spec’d Volkswagen Golf GTI when I went to add my name on a hot afternoon in Napa Valley, California in late August during Volkswagen’s 2014 Full-Line drive event.

The most talked about vehicle that day is one of the most anticipated rides in the North American hot-hatch world — the Gen-7 Golf GTI.

I had my first sit-down in MKVII during its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March and was thrilled to see it again that day, still in the same Tornado Red paint.

For compact sport fans the world over, especially the Vee-Dub club, the GTI has been nothing short of an icon since its primeval version launched in 1976.

My tester that day was powered by a torque-laden direct-injected 2.0-litre inline turbocharged four-cylinder that offered 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (the Canadian version will probably be rated at 210 hp and 258 lb-ft).

Upon throttle mash, the GTI pulled and pulled and pulled some more till it met Mr. Redline. The engine was managed exceptionally well by its six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also had three drive modes — Sport, Comfort and Eco.

A progressive steering system made its debut in the GTI; it enabled the driver to turn through a desired radius with fewer turns of the steering wheel (just 2.1 turns lock-to-lock).

On the twistys, the GTI handled with all the agility and quickness of a rabbit being chased down by a fox and it was an absolute pleasure to drive at high or low speeds through the curvy asphalt around Napa Valley’s back roads.

Outside, the GTI differentiated itself from other Golf models with GTI exclusive features that included red painted brake callipers, a GTI-typical honeycomb structure of the air-inlet screens, smoked rear lights along with its chrome 80-mm diameter tailpipes on the left and right.

The new GTI also had a longer, lower, wider profile than the Gen VI and was also 100 kg lighter (thanks to ultra-high-strength, hot-formed steel used in 28 per cent of its uni-body construction).

The Gen VII included a new placement for its unique red stripe which now marked the lower edge of the radiator grille and extended further to the left and up to the housings of its bi-xenon headlights.

In the far lower section of the bumper, beneath the crossbar painted in body colour, the black air inlet with its honeycomb pattern screen wasn’t framed any more by a black area, but by surfaces painted in body colour, which made the air inlet more noticeable.

The three lateral black aerodynamic fins beneath the headlights played a more prominent role in the new GTI’s front-end styling, too. The side sill and rear diffuser were also styled in black. The GTI’s new roof spoiler design was significantly larger than other Golf models and it was integrated to be flush to the boot lid and body.

Inside, the GTI VII had a redesigned tartan pattern that was now named ‘Clark,’ which replaced the GTI VI ‘Jacky’ design.

The sport seats had good ergonomics, were well bolstered and included sliding drawers under the seats. Red decorative seams in the area of the seats and the gear shift trim provided a sporty contrast.

Other interior features included its customized sport steering wheel and a special gear shift grip once again reminiscent of a golf ball (a tribute to the first GTI, along with its new steering-wheel design).

That flat-bottomed wheel, with its three metal spokes and trim in high-gloss black, had a light-weight look and was easy to grip; different from all other Golfs, it had a round impact absorber similar to that found in the GTI I.

Also GTI specific inside was the red ambiance lighting, special trim strips and panels, brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest, and stainless steel door sill entry plates up front.

Currently the most popular-selling vehicle in all of Europe, the 2014 GTI won’t grace Canadian showrooms till next fall as a 2015.

It will be worth the wait.

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