The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be going on sale in the UK in the summer 2013.
It will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with 220 PS (10 PS more than the current Golf GTI). For the first time in the car’s history, the GTI will also be available, direct from the factory, with a ‘performance pack’ which will boost the car’s maximum power to 230 PS. The pack not only enhances performance but also handling, with front brake disc diameters increased, plus a front axle differential lock which reduces power-related understeer.
In the entry-level car with 220 PS, maximum torque has been increased by 70 Nm to 350 Nm – the same as the previous Golf R. The new Golf GTI with the 220 PS unit will do 0 - 62 mph time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 153 mph; add the performance pack and maximum power rises to 230 PS, top speed to 155 mph, and the sprint time falls to 6.5 seconds.
Both versions of the Golf GTI will be equipped with a standard Stop/Start system, and fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014. With a six-speed manual gearbox, the GTI is set to return 47.1 mpg (an 18 per cent improvement over the Mk VI), with carbon dioxide emissions of 140 g/km. A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option for both power levels. All of these figures are provisional as exact specifications have yet to be confirmed for the UK.
As you would expect the styling will pay homage to GTI’s of the past - including red brake callipers, honeycomb grille with double red stripe detail, smoked LED rear lights and LED licence plate illumination and chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes. Inside, tartan sports seats, a flat bottomed steering wheel, GTI golf ball gear knob and GTI-specific red ambience lighting hark back to cars of previous generations while remaining completely up to date and refreshed for the new generation.
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