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Walk Off The Earth

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen music made with the help of cars, but it’s pretty inventive all the same. Walk Off The Earth, a Canadian band perhaps best known for its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” teamed up with Volkswagen to film its latest music video.

The song, entitled “Gang of Rhythm,” is a catchy pop anthem of sorts, and three separate versions were recorded for the video. The first, called “Playful,” is the one that uses the car, in this case a red VW Beetle, to best effect. The second and third styles, “Soulful” and “Powerful,” don’t make nearly as much use of the Bug.

Want to see and hear the music video yourself? Scroll down below to check it out.

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Volkswagen Passat

Tiny Vader” might be the most popular, but somehow, we think this newest spot will find a big audience. VW delivers not so much a cover, but a reimagining, of 1980s Norwegian pop band A-ha’s famous music video for “Take On Me.”

The original opens with an animated motorcycle race, which is revealed to be part of a comic book. VW’s version replaces the motorcycle with a Comments

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Volkswagen Golf R

The Frankfurt Motor Show, and under its hood is an increase in power that dwarfs the prior three generations.

Recall that the first Golf R32 produced 237 horsepower, and the one that followed made 247 hp. The outgoing third-gen model offered 261, which means the latest Golf R, with its turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine now producing 296 hp, has received the biggest bump in power by far. In fact, the 36-hp bump is more than the R-line has seen in its first three generations combined.

That engine also makes 280 foot-pounds of torque, which can be carved up by either a six-speed manual or dual clutch transmission. As before, a Haldex all-wheel-drive system sends power where its needed most among the four contact patches. Those wheels can now be ordered in 18- and optional 19-inch sizes, the latter of which fit snugly in the fender wells of a body that’s been lowered an extra 0.2 inches compared to the GTI. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system now also offers a Race mode, which stiffens the dampers and quickens shift times, as one of its four settings.

Of course, since the MKVII Golf hasn’t even yet gone on sale in the US (we’re expecting it to arrive next year as a 2015 model), the Golf R is even further out for us. But unlike much of the hardware we’ve been exposed to in Frankfurt, this one will be seeing the grass on our side of the fence eventually.

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Vision Gran Turismo video

Much like a real conflict, the console wars being waged between Gran Turismo series. While there’s been plenty of press about Forza, GT has just struck back with some news that we aren’t sure Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft can match.

When December 6, it’s with the promise of a huge suite of free, downloadable content featuring some of the finest cars from manufacturers, design houses and brands from across the globe. The staggered release will see the free content distributed from 2013 to 2014, although it’s unclear just how many cars will be distributed in total or in each car pack.

Vision includes concepts from Red Bull, although we doubt that this is a comprehensive list. We’re expecting plenty of surprises when DLC starts arriving.

This news is a blow to the Forza series, which while impressive in its own right (and this author’s preferred title), has seemingly struggled to have the same degree of legitimacy and exclusivity inherent in the titles from Polyphony. Gran Turismo 6 is slated for a December 6 debut. Check back here for more info and a full write-up of the new game before then. Until then, scroll Comments

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2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD - commercial screencap, front three-quarter view

The flurry of Mk VII Golf GTD television ads by Golf performance model to go from 0-62 miles per hour in about 7.5 seconds.

Volkswagen’s performance-first approach in its ads for the economical GTD is refreshing, and it reminds us of another commercial from Chevrolet. Do we see a trend starting here?

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Chris Harris with Mk VII Volkswagen GTI - video screencap

Enthusiasts like nothing more than to crucify modern interpretations of their favorite performance models for failing to live up to some imagined ethos. Even the Chris Harris recently spent some time with the all-new MK VII GTI to find out if growing up means giving up on what makes the machine so special.

Judging by his comments, Harris certainly doesn’t think so. Yes, the new GTI is considerably more comfortable than its predecessors, but that’s hardly a bad thing. The multitude of driving modes actually seem to add depth to the car rather than simply try to force one tool to do many jobs, and Harris even finds the machine’s electronic power steering tolerable. As a result, Harris goes so far as to call the Volkswagen GTI “one of the best cars to actually own.” How’s that for high praise? You can watch the video for yourself by Comments

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1000 Horsepower Volkswagen Golf by Boba Motoring

There are plenty of things to love about the Mk1 Volkswgen Golf. The machine’s horsepower isn’t one of them. From the factory, the little hatch cranked a breathy 112 horsepower from the most robust form of its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Boba motoring, however, has taken that figure and multiplied it by a factor of nearly 10. If 1,000 horsepower sounds terrifying in a machine with a wheelbase of just 94.5 inches, it should. A massive Garrett GTX4202R turbo force-feeds the little mill through a tweaked 16-valve KR head. The crew calls the beast the 16Vampir, and we think that’s fitting.

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