Volkswagen Fahrenheit Gli Coming in 2008

By: Lauren Woods

German carmaker Volkswagen is known for its precision engineered cars and the performance that they bring to the table. One of the cars in Volkswagen's lineup which gives any driver a thrilling ride is the Fahrenheit. For the 2008 model year, Volkswagen has made the Fahrenheit even more appealing and more powerful.

The 2008 Fahrenheit will be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This same engine is also being used by other vehicles from Volkswagen and Audi. The turbocharged engine provides power when needed without the lag that is commonly encountered on turbocharged engine.

The lag happens because turbochargers are powered by exhaust gases. When a turbocharged engine is of course just starting up, the amount of exhaust gases is not enough to power the turbine of the turbocharger. But with the engine on the Fahrenheit, the design has been carefully adjusted to make sure that lag is minimal.

The said engine can produce as much as 200 horsepower and 207 pound foot of torque. The combination of the horsepower and the twisting force gives the Fahrenheit a good acceleration.

In terms of stability, the suspension setting of the Fahrenheit is designed for sports cars. With that suspension, although the ride is stiff, the car can navigate sharp corners on high speeds. With aftermarket parts such as , the power can be increased and the increased power will go well with the sports-tuned suspension.

The engine is paired with a six-speed transmission which has close gear ratios which provides smooth transfer of power from the engine to the drive wheels. The precision engineered transmission works well with the engine that clashing gears inside the gearbox does not send vibrations to the body of the car.

Stopping power is provided by disc brakes for the front and the rear. For the front wheels, the Fahrenheit is equipped with 12.3-inch discs while for the rear; it is equipped with 11.3-inch disc brakes. Stopping power though is not as responsive as the engine. According to some auto journalists, the brakes only activated when the brake pedal is pushed almost to the floor.

The Fahrenheit is a limited edition vehicle which means that one would not be able to see it on a regular basis cruising around city streets. The theme used by Volkswagen on the limited edition Fahrenheit is yellow. Exterior color is yellow which makes it call for attention. The interior of the Fahrenheit is also accented with the color yellow. Although the color and its use inside and out of the Fahrenheit maybe attractive, it will not be for everyone.

According to the German car manufacturer, the limited edition Fahrenheit will have a starting price of $27,880 for the model with the six-speed manual transmission. This is aimed at performance enthusiasts who are more favorable with manual shifting than automatic ones.

The addition of the yellow Fahrenheit in Volkswagen's lineup for the 2008 model year is expected to turn heads. Performance enthusiasts are expected to take notice, but with the color yellow plastered all over the vehicle, it is guaranteed to attract attention of the general public.

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