New VW Golf GTI debuts. Before the new generation of the Volkswagen Golf was unveiled, our spies offered us a series of very interesting images of its sportier variant as it got in tune on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife asphalt. Now, it is no longer necessary to resort to these images to know the final aspect of the quintessential sports compact, that is, the Golf GTI.
The German brand has decided to present the sports variant of Golf days before it debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, and has done so alongside its brothers GTD and GTE. Like these, its body features a series of differentiating elements, whether they are the most aggressive bumpers, a specific front grille with a led strip that connects the optical groups, as well as side skirts, 17-inch wheels (optionally you can opt for others of 18 and 19), a smooth tailgate with the initials GTI and two exhaust outlets, located at the ends.
Regarding the interior, there are sports seats with the integrated headrest and a specific upholstery that is complemented by details in red. The gear knob is also different (manual transmission), while the rest of the set is similar to that of the standard Golf. The instrument cluster is 10.25-inch digital and the infotainment system uses a 10 “screen. However, the first one uses graphics from this GTI version.
In the mechanical section, we did not find any notable news as the brand continues to trust the well-known TSI four-cylinder gasoline engine. It cubes 2.0 liters of displacement and throws 245 horsepower and a maximum torque of 370 Nm on the asphalt, associated with a six-ratio manual gearbox. Optionally, you can choose another seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Power is sent directly to the front axle with the help of an XDS electronic differential that works by applying a braking force to the inner wheels when going around corners, if necessary. The suspension has now been lowered by 15 mm and optionally the brand offers adaptive dampers that can be managed by the so-called Vehicle Dynamics Manager, based on the chosen driving program: Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Individual.
Volkswagen engineers, on the other hand, have focused particularly on steering performance, with an electromechanical configuration that has been refined over the previous generation to offer better response and be more direct. As we say, its public debut will take place at the Geneva meeting and its commercialization will begin next summer, with a base price of around 35,000 euros.