WOLFSBURG, GERMANY: For the first time, the Volkswagen Golf GTI will be offered with two power levels, namely the standard 217hp GTI and the GTI Performance with 227hp, larger brake discs and a front limited-slip differential (VAQ).
Both GTI models' 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine (TSI) develop a maximum torque of 350Nm.
Both versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system.
With a six-speed manual gearbox, they both attain a low fuel consumption value of 6 litres per 100km.
This means that the latest Golf GTI offers an 18% improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model.
With the optional six-speed DSG gearbox, the two GTI models achieve fuel consumption figures of 6.4 and 6.5 litres per 100km respectively.
The sporty character of the Golf GTI is reflected in its red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and sports suspension.
The exterior features 17-inch ‘Brooklyn’ alloy wheels with 225/45 size tyres (18-inch ‘Austin’ alloys will be standard in the United Kingdom), special side sills, a rear diffuser and smoked LED rear lights, along with LED numberplate illumination.
United Kingdom specification will also include bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.
Interior highlights include sports seats with the classic tartan cloth upholstery, a black rooflining and red ambience lighting.
GTI drivers will also appreciate the bespoke sports steering wheel, gear lever and instrument cluster, trim strips and stainless steel pedal caps.
Volkswagen is introducing the latest version of the Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show, which will be held from March 7 till 17.