Special edition cars always peak my interest. There’s something so cool about owing a car that very few people get to have. That feeling is prominent with the Fahrenheit Golf GTI. But is it worth the hype?
The Fahrenheit GTI has a 2.0L turbocharged inline four cylinder, and an automatic DSG transmission. Drivetrain wise, the Fahrenheit is no different than any other 2007 GTI. It’s still a quick, nimble, two door hatch back that is responsive and fun to drive. The turbo spools quicker than most other turbo cars, giving you boost more often. The DSG is odd, as it shifts like a manual transmission, but has no clutch pedal or H-pattern shifter. So on hills, the car rolls slightly when engaging first gear. I prefer manual transmissions, but if you have to get an automatic the DSG is a good way to go.
The interior is where it becomes very apparent that the Fahrenheit is different than the other GTIs on the market. The interior is filled with the same orange color that is found on the exterior, as well as the steering wheel is marked with which production number Fahrenheit you’re driving. This really adds to the exclusivity of the Fahrenheit, which is much appreciated by the driver.
The Fahrenheit package is really an appearance package, giving the car the fiery orange exterior, and interior accents. The real draw to the Fahrenheit is the exclusivity, since only 1200 were ever made. If you’re a VW fan or collector, it’s a cool piece to obtain, since so few did. Personally, I was underwhelmed by the Fahrenheit. Take away the orange paint and seat stitching, and it’s just a regular GTI. I wish VW had upgraded the engine or given it better rims to make it more enticing to the average car buyer. But that’s just my opinion.
I’m glad I got to drive the GTI Fahrenheit. It’s a cool feeling to drive something that is so exclusive. If you see one pop up on your car buying website of choice, give it look. You’ll only ever see 1199 other ones.