VW's new Golf GTI
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28th February, 2013
- Available in two power levels for first time
For more than three decades, the letters “GTI” have stood for superior dynamic performance at Volkswagen. VW is
preparing for the new version of the Golf GTI. It will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show next month. In this new
generation model, the compact sports model is available with a choice between two power levels: the standard 162 kW or
the GTI Performance with 169 kW and front axle differential lock.
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with 162 kW (220 PS).
For the first time in the history of this model, 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 DIN 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 the previous model. 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 VW 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 number plate
Visual highlights in the interior are top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner and red ambience
The cars also offers sporty GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, 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.
The GTI buyer can choose from the standard body colours “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”.
Stay tunes to Next Car for further details on local specifications, pricing and availability. A late 2013
release is considered most likely.