By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
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Cars.com's Kelsey Mays walks you through the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Fahrenheit Edition.
Hi I'm Kelsey Mays for cars.com, and we're here with the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Fahrenheit edition. Now the Fahrenheit Jetta is painted bright yellow, but Volkswagen also makes a Fahrenheit version of its GTI hatchback and that's bright orange.
So either way, you're going to get noticed. Other than the color and some badging on the trunk, the Fahrenheit looks a lot like the regular GLI. So you've got a black honeycomb grill, meaner headlights, larger wheels, larger brakes, and red painted calipers. Now Volkswagen plans to build just 1200 GLI Fahrenheits. And there's a badge at the bottom of the steering wheel that tells you exactly which one yours is. Will 451 in nine 11 be worth a little more? We don't know. That just in case you didn't know that the car you were driving is bright yellow, the Fahrenheit has dashboard trim pieces that are yellow, and it's also got yellow stitching on the shifter, the parking brake and the steering wheel. The dashboard is pretty premium. It's got solid construction and pretty good materials. One thing we don't like are the cup holders, which allow bottles to kind of wobble around a lot. Now the Fahrenheit shares the GLI's 200 horsepower turbo engine, and it works with either a stick shift or Volkswagen's twin clutch automatic. We really like it. If you put the pedal down, Volkswagen says, it'll get you from zero to 60 in about seven seconds. That's about on par with a Honda Civic SI. But the remarkable thing is how flexible it is. If you're on the highway going say 60 miles an hour, you can have it in sixth gear and you can move all the way up to 70 miles an hour in the passing lane without having to downshift. Now, the stick shift in our test car is a little bit wobbly, but the engagement points are pretty precise. We'd like to see a little bit more sensitivity in the gas pedal for easier rev matching, but overall, it's not a bad setup. The clutch is pretty light, which makes driving in traffic pretty easy. Now the sport tune suspension makes her pretty flat cornering, but the highway ride can be a little bit bumpy. Put the GLI hard through a corner, and there's gonna be plenty of understeer. This is a front wheel drive car. But it's fairly predictable as they go. Now, the Fahrenheit starts at about $28,000. And once you add in all the extra standard equipment you get, that's only about $500 more than a regular GLI. Remember Volkswagen is only making 1200 of these. And so if you think having a bright yellow Jetta is going to make your friends green with envy, you better get down to your dealer today. <v Announcer>For additional information on this car or any other go to cars.com and our blog Kicking Tires.