2003 1.8T or VR6 should have been a drivers race. This is 2003 specific though, the other years turn in different numbers (faster) all together.Faithful to its “pocket rocket” heritage, Volkswagen offers powerful engine choices in both GTI models. The 1.8 T engine delivers 180 horsepower at 5,500
revolutions per minute, with a hefty 173 lbs. ft. of torque in the wide range of 1,950 to 5,000 rpm, for impressive acceleration. Delivering six-cylinder performance from a four-cylinder engine, the 1.8 T is fuel-efficient and engaging, employing a turbocharger, intercooler and Volkswagen’s innovative five-valve-per-cylinder technology. This five-valve configuration allows excellent top-end breathing, while dual overhead camshafts provide for optimal valve control.
The 1.8 T comes with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic with Tiptronic ® to suit driver preferences. The 1.8 T travels from 0-60 miles per hour in a scant 7.5 seconds when equipped with the standard manual transmission, and a quick 8.6 seconds from 0-60 mph when equipped with the automatic.
Those who choose the GTI VR6 will appreciate its latest power boost, recently upgraded in 2002. The VR6 engine produces 200 hp at 6,200 rpm and a hefty 195 lbs. ft. of torque at 3,200 rpm. The GTI VR6 pins passengers to their seats with a 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds. Designed with driving enthusiasts in mind, the VR6 model is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Utilizing specialized gear ratio engineering, the six-speed transmission takes advantage of an optimum performance range.[/b]