|Volkswagen will premiere the updated Golf GTI at the Geneva Motor show from 5 March. For the first time, Volkswagen’s popular compact sports car is available at two power levels: the standard 220 PS or the GTI Performance with 230 PS and front-axle differential lock.|
Powering the ‘neue’ Golf GTI
The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with 162 kW / 220 PS. For the first time, a special GTI Performance will be offered. In this version, the engine’s maximum power is boosted to 169 kW / 230 PS. Both GTI versions develop a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The standard GTI accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h. The GTI Performance reaches a top speed of 250 km/h and just 6.4 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h.
Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system, they fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014 and – with a 6-speed gearbox – they attain the same low fuel consumption value of 6.0 l/100 km (CO2: 139 g/km). This means that the Golf GTI offers an 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to its predecessor – the Golf GTI Mark VI. With the optional 6-speed DSG, the two GTI cars consume 6.4 and 6.5 l/100 respectively (equivalent to 148 and 150 g/km CO2).
The sporty character of the Golf GTI is reflected in its traditional red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and a sport suspension. The exterior of the compact sports car also scores with 17-inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels and 225/45 size tyres, special side sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights (including LED licence plate illumination). Of course, Volkswagen pundits would always compare between the Golf GTI and the Golf R version.
Visual highlights in the interior are top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner and red ambience lighting. Others include; a sport steering, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals and foot support.
Volkswagen assures an optimal mix of comfort and safety in the Golf GTI. Customers can choose from the standard body colors “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”. In Deutschland, the Golf GTI goes for a starting price at 28,350 euros.