The Volkswagen GTI (specifically the Golf GTI if you’re not from the USA) is the definitive hot hatch. When it was originally introduced it singlehandedly created the segment, and then it ruled the roost for its first few generations. It lost its way a bit with the third generation version, and became a shadow of its former self with the overweight, ill handling fourth generation version, but the fifth generation, or MKV, fixed all of that in one fell swoop upon its introduction in 2006 and the GTI was back atop the heap again.
It’s hard to believe that it has now been almost ten years since the rebirth of the GTI with the MKV, and in that time we’ve seen the MKV and MKVI come and go, and now the seventh generation MKVII is upon us. Kilometer Magazine recently had the opportunity to collect examples of all three of the most recent generations of GTI for a day of fun at our offices and on the mountain roads thereabouts. Would the MKVII stand up to the benchmark set by the MKV and carried forward by the MKVI? Or would it show itself beginning to lose it’s way again? We won’t give that away here, but our full story comparing the three generations of GTI is coming shortly.
In the meantime, we thought we’d present one of our shots of two of the GTIs as this week’s Kilometer Weekly Wallpaper. The bright red MKVII in the foreground is a sharp looking piece of machinery, but it’s grandfather is watching it closely from behind. It’s got a lot to live up to.
As always, we’ve presented the wallpaper in two formats – 2880×1800 for Mac users, and 1600×900 for PC users. Click on the thumbnails below to be taken to the full size image for download.