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The new Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI will be offered in two different power outputs: 217bhp and 227bhp

The new Volkswagen Golf GTi has been unveiled at the Paris motor show.

The iconic hot hatch will be offered with a new 2.0 turbo petrol engine with two different power outputs: 217bhp and 227bhp.

The low-power engine will be in a standard version of the new model. It will be able to crack 0-62mph in 6.6sec. New features include a progressive steering system that's designed to be light and easy while manoeuvring but more sporty and direct at speed.

The lightweight MQB platform that underpins the car and the new engine help improve economy over its predecessor to a claimed 47mpg.

VW R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg describes the new model as "Low weight", offering "outstanding performance in a car that's both comfortable and sporty".

The 155mph 227bhp version of the GTi will come with a host of other upgrades for a more focused drive. Hackenberg said: "It's not just performance with the more powerful model - there's a new differential and bigger brakes, too." 

"The Golf GTi has always had a small power increase - 10bhp each time in recent years. We could have done more and there are those who want more, so we now offer another 10bhp for them and also a huge increase in torque - 70nm (52lb ft) - in addition to the 10bhp.

A Stop/Start system will be fitted as standard to all versions, with a six-speed twin-clutch DSG gearbox an option.

Tests of the new Golf GTi on the Nurburgring have proved it to be 13sec quicker than its predecessor.

Hackenberg revealed to Autocar that "The real thing will be seen at the Geneva motor show next year with some very minor detail changes. The same goes for the new Bluemotion."

The new Golf GTI will go on sale in the UK in summer 2013.


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Fast work 16 January 2013

This is awesome and correct,

This is awesome and correct, Paris motor show went as described, I had invested on that show...Clickhere

Taylor. 29 September 2012

golf gtd

Be intresting to see what the golf GTD has to offer. Rumor was twin turbo 2.0 litre 220bhp, 50 + mpg, that will need a lsp! For the torque.

5wheels 28 September 2012

Bored and still fat

I think its time to throw away this model unless they can get back to basics. The Golf has gone fat, up market and not exciting anymore.

Toyota threw away the Corolla without a death knell why cant VAG