The new Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI will be offered in two different power outputs: 217bhp and 227bhp
Mark Tisshaw
28 September 2012

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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27 September 2012

17-inch brake discs? A typo surely? How big are the wheels going to be?  Tut tut Autocar, trying too hard to be first on the net again without proof reading.

27 September 2012

Proofreading? I imagine they were too busy driving the "Nurburgting"...

12 January 2013

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27 September 2012

Looking at the dashboard in image 5 I'm not sure about where the upper drivers door panel meets the side of the dashboard.  Both shapes are different and don't look like they belong together.  A strange design flaw in an otherwise lovely cabin.

27 September 2012

R32 wrote:

Looking at the dashboard in image 5 I'm not sure about where the upper drivers door panel meets the side of the dashboard.  Both shapes are different and don't look like they belong together.  A strange design flaw in an otherwise lovely cabin.

I hadn't noticed that until I read your post, now it's the only thing I can see in that interior!

Is a strange mix of shapes; almost like the dash and the door cards were designed by two different teams.

28 February 2013

Volkswagen Golf GTI is my dream car and I have fanaticized on having this on my own, someday. There is lack of nothing at all with the excellent technology used in design. This also provides a good exterior outlook.

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27 September 2012

Low weight compared to what? give us some figures man.

28 September 2012

to like this new golf.


But I can't,,,,,,,,,  There is just NOTHING new to talk about!

28 September 2012

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

what's life without imagination

29 September 2012

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.



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