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Roadfly Magazine
Issue Three
Dec. 23, 2002
• VW 337
Top Holiday Gifts
Top Holiday Get-aways
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• Porsche Cayenne - North American Debut
• LA Auto Show
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• Mission MINI

VW GTI 337, continued.
VW GTI 337 Side Profile

VW GTI Interior Sport Seats

VW GTI 337 Sport Steering Wheel

Cool wheels are only the beginning. The 2002 GTI 337 boasts a slew of goodies, including:

- 180hp 1.8L 20-valve intercooled and turbocharged 4-cylinder motor
- Six speed MQ350 manual transmission with upgraded clutch and pressure plate
- 315mm (12.4") vented front and 256mm (10") vented rear brakes with red powder coated calipers and 4-wheel ABS
- Improved suspension, lowered approximately 1" at each corner
- Recaro front seats, wrapped in "LeMans" black cloth with red stitching and accents
- Votex body kit with front valence, side skirts, rear valence and hatch wing
- Red accent stitching and leather wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel
- Aluminum pedals
- Monsoon Sound

At first glance, 180 horses may not seem like a lot of power, but when you consider that the GTI 337 weighs in at a fairly-svelte 2,850lbs and that the boosted 4-cylinder musters 174 ft/lbs of torque from 1,950rpm through 5,000 rpm (read: FLAT torque curve) you'll want to make sure you have your attorney on speed dial. Add a performance chip to the perky 1.8-liter motor and you'll be enjoying 200+ horsepower and nearly 250lb-ft of torque.

The all-new six-speed transmission is geared to take advantage of the 337's wide powerband. Thanks to the fairly abundant torque and the relatively short gearing, you'll find yourself dancing on the gas pedal in an attempt to manage the wheelspin through first and second gears. On the highway, sixth gear keeps engine revs to a very civilized 2800 rpm at 70mph.

While it's fun to talk about the 337, it's even more fun to drive it. Even the most reserved and conservative drivers will find themselves running the motor up through the revs and taking turns a little faster than they normally would.

Drop your keister into the 337 and the first thing you'll notice is the supportive driving posture afforded by the Recaro seats. The side bolsters are firm and hold you in place when you decide to turn up the pace a bit. Lumbar support is adjustable, and very effective - perfect for those longer trips.

Insert the switchblade-style key into the ignition, give it a twist, and the engine springs to life - at idle the 3" exhaust burbles with a hint of tenacity - floor it and the whistle of the turbo is quickly overpowered by the rumbly exhaust. No fart-can buzzing here, just a throaty, muscular growl.

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