Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new Golf GTI – and the legendary hot hatch is available with an optional power upgrade for the first time.
Based on the latest Mk7 Golf, the GTI comes with a 2.0-litre TSI engine that produces 217bhp, but you can also order a new Performance Package, which ups the power to 227bhp.
Both figures are more than the 207bhp on offer in the outgoing Mk6 Golf GTI, though, and the newcomer weighs 42kg less.
As you’d expect, the Mk7 is faster. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds in the standard model and 6.4 seconds in the Performance Package. Those figures are four and five-tenths quicker, respectively.
The new GTI is 18 per cent more efficient than before, which translates to 47mpg with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. VW will offer a six-speed DSG gearbox, which has no effect on performance but does worsen fuel economy slightly, with the standard GTI’s figure down to 44.1mpg.
With a near 40-year history to draw from, the latest GTI features plenty of recognisable styling cues. The honeycomb grille has featured since the Mk5 GTI, while the red stripe in the grille first appeared on the Mk1 but has been given a modern update, by continuing into the light clusters.
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The GTI also gets a more aggressive bodykit, a rear spoiler, twin chrome exhaust pipes and 17-inch Brooklyn alloy wheels. Although it’s only got a little as a 2.0-litre engine, the motor insurance on this beauty won’t come cheap!
The interior comes with the famous tartan GTI pattern on standard sports seats, along with a red-stitched GTI leather steering wheel and red ambient interior lighting. Standard kit on the GTI includes front and rear parking sensors, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and automatic climate control.
VW has hinted the GTI will cost much the same as the outgoing car, which starts from £25,650. Order books open late next month, with the first UK deliveries scheduled for June.