My friend owns a 96 2.0 GTI that he loves, he belongs to vwvortex and mive (both good VW forums). His car is fun to drive but i decided to race him with my 2001 S-10 the other night. His car has exhaust, intake, cam, chip, and some other odds and ins. So the lights red and I roll down my window and tell him that i want to race him, he agrees that we should and waited for the light. the crossroad turns yellow then red, then our lights green. I heard his engine rev up before the green, so i put my foot on my brake and rev mine up... hehe. He squaks his tires and pulls in front of me, my truck shifts into second then pull past him. by my third gear he is behind me. When we get to my house, he compains that his clutch was sliping. I just looked at him and laughed.
This GTI also beat a late model Mustang with me in the car to be a witness. (the Mustang was a V6 though, but none the less). So in all theory, my S-10 can beat a V6 Mustang.