By February 27, 2013 Read More →

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI debuts at Geneva

VW Golf GTI_frontVolkswagen will introduce the new Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time, the iconic hot hatch is available at launch with two power levels. The new Volkswagen GTI is powered by a turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine (TSI) that makes 220 hp and 350 Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque in standard form. Volkswagen is offering a factory-installed performance pack for the first time, which boosts power to 230 hp and adds bigger brakes and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential.

Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system and fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014. With a 6-speed gearbox they attain the same low DIN fuel consumption value of 6.0 l/100 km (39.2 mpg) and the CO2 emissions are 139 g/km. This means that the Golf GTI offers an 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model. With the optional 6-speed DSG, the two GTI cars consume 6.4 and 6.5 l/100 respectively (36.8 and 36.2 mpg).

The sporty nature of the Golf GTI is reflected in its red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome tailpipes, and a lowered sport suspension. The exterior of the compact hatchback also scores with 17-inch Brooklyn GTI wheels and 225/45 tires, special side skirts, a rear diffuser, and smoked LED taillights with LED license-plate illumination. Customers can choose from three body colors: Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. Visually, the interior is highlighted by sport seats with the Clark tartan pattern, a black headliner, and red ambient lighting. The car also offers classic GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI shifter knob grip and instrument cluster, special trim inserts, and stainless-steel pedals and foot support.