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Issue Three
Dec. 23, 2002
• VW 337
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VW GTI 337, Just what the drivers wanted.
By Steve Litscher
Executive Editor

(Monday, December 22, 2002 7:40 AM EST)


VW 337

VIENNA, VA - The Germans are a curious bunch. They build some of the world's finest cars, with features and functionality that truly push the boundaries of modern technology (see BMW M1, Porsche 959, Audi RS6). They get us all frothy with anticipation and just when we're ready to sign for that third mortgage, they decide to keep those treasures all to themselves. It's like running out of hot water mid-shower; oh, the cruelty.

Enter Volkswagen. Some twenty-five years ago, the German automaker unveiled a sporty yet functional hatchback for the masses - in Germany. That's right, no one this side of England would be able to get their hands on the little rocket from Wolfsburg. Cruel. Very Cruel.

Apparently all of our kicking and screaming paid off, because in 1982, VW caved and brought the original EA337 (known to the commoner as the GTI) over to America, and as a result invented the now popular "hot hatch" category.

Fast forward to early 2002 - once again, Germany has outdone itself and released a 25th anniversary version of the GTI - the 337. And, true to the automaker's twisted sense of humor, they tried to keep it all to themselves. However, thanks to the popularity (and power) of the Internet, 1500 very lucky Americans are now enjoying the 337 for themselves. The GTI 337 was brought to America largely thanks to the vocal group of loyalists over at, and we thank them for their dedication and tenacity.

For just under $23,000, the GTI 337 buyer gets quite an impressive vehicle. Options? What options? Colors? Well, hope you like Reflex Silver with a black interior (accented with red stitching). Leather? How does cloth sound? Sunroof? Try again.

The good folks from Wolfsburg wisely decided to include all of the standard options that come with the GTI and then elected to spice things up a bit in the performance and appearance categories with the help of some very well chosen components from the Audi parts bins. You say your car has 17" wheels? Cool. The 337 has 18" wheels, lightweight BBS RC's wrapped in ultra sticky 245/40/ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sports.

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