The new Golf GTI details and some pictures have been released by Volkswagen, before it’s official unveiling at the Geneva Motor show. The brand new Golf GTI hot hatch is available with an optional power upgrade, for the very first time. The GTI which is based on the latest MK7 Golf comes with a 217 brake horsepower 2.0 litre TSI engine, though a performance package can be ordered, which will up the vehicles power to 227 brake horsepower. Both of these figures are more than what the MK6 Golf GTI offers at 207 brake horsepower and the new car even weighs 42kg less.
As expected the MK7 is quicker, going from 0-62 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds in the standard model and 6.4 with the performance package. These figures are on par with the Ford Focus ST, which is said to be able to achieve 6.5 seconds, despite it’s more powerful 247 brake horsepower 2.0 litre turbo engine.
What else does the new Golf GTI have to offer?
The brand new GTI model is 18% more efficient than it was before, with 47 mpg with the standard six speed manual gearbox and CO2 emissions are said to be 139g. Which compares to 39.2 mpg and 169g that is claimed by the Ford Focus ST.
With almost 40 years history to choose from, the latets GTI model has plenty of recognisable styles on show. The honeycomb grille for example has featured since the MK5 GTI, whilst the red stripe within the grille originally appeared on the MK1 but had been updated, by continuing into the lighter clusters. The model is also said to have a more aggressive bodykit, 17 inch Brooklyn alloys wheels, a rear spoiler and twin chrome exhaust pipes.
The interior of the vehicle comes with the tartan that is famous with the GTI on standard sports seats, along with a GTI leather steering wheel with red stitches and red interior lighting. Also with the Standard Kit on the GTI model is front and back parking sensors, automatic climate control and a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The Golf GTI is hinted at having the same starting price as the outgoing vehicle
There have been hints that the new Volkswagen mode will cost the same amount as the outgoing car which has a starting price of £25,650. First orders for the new Golf GTI can be made at the end of this coming March and the first deliveries within the United Kingdom are starting in June of this year.