Only GTI Performance is now available, although GTI TCR will arrive later this year

Volkswagen has dropped the Golf GTI from its line-up ahead of the introduction in September of more stringent emissions limits as part of the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), Autocar has learned.

The only GTI model left on sale is the Performance variant, which is £1465 more expensive at £29,930 and produces 242bhp from its slightly uprated turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The move has been confirmed to Autocar by Volkswagen.

VW is unlikely to reintroduce the standard Mk7 Golf GTI, which had 227bhp, because the Mk8 Golf is set to arrive next year and the Mk7 Golf GTI would only have a narrow window of time on sale following its rehomologation to conform to WLTP standards.

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WLTP, which will replace the lab-based New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), is considered to be tougher because it tests cars in real-world driving scenarios. Manufacturers are being forced to fit particulate filters to all of their models to ensure they conform to the tougher limits.

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Although the Golf GTI range now features just one variant, it will soon grow to two when the TCR variant goes on sale later this year. That car, inspired by VW’s participation in the Touring Car Racing championship, will produce 286bhp from its higher-specification 2.0-litre engine.

WLTP is the cause for the downgraded power output for the all-wheel-drive Golf R, which has lost 10bhp (to now total 296bhp) because of the fitment of a particulate filter. The same reduction has affected the technically similar Leon Cupra of sister brand Seat. That car now has 286bhp.

Like VW, BMW is also about to drop one of its performance models ahead of WLTP introduction because its successor is due soon after. The F80 M3 will go off sale in August, with the car’s successor set for arrival next year as part of the next-generation 3 Series range.

The technically related M4, however, will go off sale for about two months, during which time it will be rehomologated to WLTP standards. This model is returning because the next 4 Series line-up isn’t due until 2020.

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19 July 2018
I don't understand. The GTi is dropped, but the performance variant continues and costs £50 more?

19 July 2018

Apologies, £50 was a typo - it's £1465 more. But yes, it lives on as it has been retested to WLTP. We're yet to learn why the standard version wasn't retested at the same time...

19 July 2018

Is it possible that the GTI Performance is sold as a low volume modified car and so escapes the normal homologation process? I would assume that a similar ruling applies to many low volume specialist cars, for which the full WLTP test might be deemed inappropriate or simply too expensive for the small volume involved. 

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19 July 2018

this is ridiculous.....putting a particulate filter on a petrol engine when cities are populated with filthy buses, Taxi's, and diesel trains is like pissing into the wind!

19 July 2018

Dropped so they can probably make more profit..... they should the price to the GTI level for customers but they wont

19 July 2018
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

Dropped so they can probably make more profit..... they should the price to the GTI level for customers but they wont

Correct me if I'm wrong but, I believe you will find all the volume car manufacturers are in the business of trying to make profits, rather than selling cars as cheaply as possible as a service to customers.

19 July 2018

 It certainly does!, what other VW products are involved including Seat and Skoda.....?

20 July 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 It certainly does!, what other VW products are involved including Seat and Skoda.....?

 

Come on Peter Captain Obvious Spam Your Name Everywhere Cavellini! Surely even you have the capacity to answer that one for yourself.

19 July 2018

Why people still buy anything from this "organization" is a mystery to me.

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19 July 2018
405line wrote:

Why people still buy anything from this "organization" is a mystery to me.

 

You must remember that VAG sells millions of cars into markets that were untouched by the dieselgate event and understandably, buyers all aroind the world, who have not been in any way affected, will continue to be loyal to them, based on that and many other positive reasons, personal to them.

 

Mystery solved?.

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