Today is the day that all you hot hatch enthusiasts have probably been waiting for. Volkswagen has officially taken the wraps off its new, seventh-generation Golf GTI, ahead of its Geneva debut next week.
In September last year, we saw a concept for the seventh GTI, but today VW published the first official press pictures and details of the production GTI. To kick things off, as you’d expect, it has a two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 162kW in standard form, or 169kW in Performance form. His is the first time that VW has offered a GTI with two power variants. Both models will have 350Nm of torque on tap.
The GTI is capable of sprinting from 0-100 in 6.5 seconds, maxing out at 246km/h, while the Performance variant shaves a tenth of a second off the 0-100 time and will see 250km/h on the speedo.
Both models will come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox; however, you can spec it with the optional six-speed twin-clutch box. When fitted with the manual, fuel consumption is rated at 6l/100km with CO2 emissions sitting at 139g/km. With the twin-clutch fitted, fuel consumption jumps to 6.4 and 6.5l/100km, with CO2 climbing to 148 and 150g/km respectively.
The new GTI will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with 245/45 tyres and has a lowered sporty chassis. There is also a new, more aggressive body kit that includes a built in rear diffuser and wider sills, while the cabin gets sporty touches as well, like the new seats, steering wheel and pedals.
The standard model will have 314mm ventilated disc up front, with its rear brakes handled by 300mm ventilated discs. The Performance model will get 342mm discs up front and 310mm discs at the back. The base version weighs in at 1351kg.
The order books will open for the new car in March, if you live in Germany, while the rest of Europe will have to wait until May. We can expect it to arrive here a few months after that.