26 August 2004

VW’s new 197bhp Golf GTi will cost £19,995 for three-door and £20,495 for five-door versions respectively. The company was poised to release official pictures of the turbocharged 197bhp 2.0-litre FSI hot hatch as Autocar went to press last week. It’s virtually identical to the concept car shown at Frankfurt last year (above).

Standard GTi kit includes 17in alloys, dual-zone climate control, aluminium pedals and gear lever, automatic lights and wipers, and a generous sprinkling of interior GTi badges. Buyers will be able to pick optional Recaro sports seats, sat-nav, 18in alloys and a DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

VW is also intending to market a 158bhp 2.0-litre TDi as a diesel GTi in 2005. Potential buyers can place their orders for the petrol version online at www.newgolfgti.co.uk for delivery in January 2005.

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