Mk7 GTI seems to be the real deal.
Also one thing I've been noticing from some of the recent review/comparo in EU about the ST, the price separation is greater between the ST and GTI(MK6 I guess in most cases) than it does in US...certainly makes the ST more attractive there...here they are basically even on pricing...at least currently...
Good review, I think.
I'm aiming for a Focus ST personally in the next few months, but its not for a lack of love for the GTI. My MKV drives great, and I'm sure the MK7 is better, but it my GTI has just been too much of a maintenance/repair headache for me to trust VW on another one.
Last edited by rynodyno312; 05-01-2013 at 05:22 PM.
The GTI seems like it just keeps getting better and better since the mkV. Which is awesome, because I really liked my mkV. But the question is, at what price? There were a lot technical wizardry (variable ratio steering, e-diff, electronic dampers, and a "performance" edition). VWofA has some big decisions to make. Make it too expensive and its appeal will be limited, but completely neuter by removing the majority of the fun bits from the EU-spec cars and it's just another hot hatch. I really couldn't justify a lightly optioned GTI with some of the chassis tweaks if it's going to cost me close to what the next generation of V8-powered pony cars will likely be starting at.
I'll be looking closely at how VW prices the GTI and what features are std/optional.