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2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 Design Study Breaks Cover Early

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The first batch of photos of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept were unloaded on the internet today, less than 24 hours ahead of the car's reveal at the 2012 edition of the Paris Motor Show.

Much like the previous model that was displayed in concept form at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the new Golf GTI is also going to be shown as a near-production study. What this means is that that the car's looks and mechanicals will remain virtually unchanged when it goes on sale next year starting with Europe in spring.

Volkswagen's new hot hatch incorporates all the traditional design cues of the series like the honeycomb upper and lower front grilles with red accents, which now extend to the angular headlamps, five spoke alloy wheels wrapped in beefy tires, and two large exhaust pipes split far.

The darkened tail lamps, rear diffuser in black, a discreet roof spoiler, the LED headlamps and the new black trim on the front bumper round out the visual changes on the outside.

Inside, you will find classic tartan upholstery covering the body-hugging sport seats along with black piano trim d├ęcor, and red stitching applied on the flat-bottom sports steering wheel and the transmission lever.

There's no official information from Volkswagen yet, but Autobild magazine is reporting that the next Golf GTI gets a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 217Hp (220PS) and 350Nm (258 lb-ft) in regular guise and 227Hp (230PS) with an optionally available performance package.

Power will be transferred to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or an optional dual clutch transmission.

The magazine claims that the regular GTI will complete the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 6.6 seconds and top out at 246km/h (153mph), and the 227Hp (230PS) in 6.5 seconds en route to a top speed of 250km/h (155mph).


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11 Comments:

klowik said... »September 26, 2012

looks pretty much similar to the MK6. I'll wait for the MK8 to upgrade.

wys said... »September 26, 2012

Decent looking hot hatch for sure! Red stripes in the headlight are a bit odd though...probably won't be there for the production version? IMHO they don't really help with the appearance and they don't seem to be functioning as DRLs?...

Dal said... »September 26, 2012

To me, if it didn't have that little red grille strip - it would look like nothing. At least the Mk5 GTi had a step up in sportiness from the rest of the range. 

Sabman999 said... »September 26, 2012

YAWN YAWN....................................................................................................................................................................................................Bring on the Civic Type R

dumblikeyou2 said... »September 26, 2012

Yay, look at VW playing it so safe that they're starting to make boring people movers with a bit of flair and pass it off as good design.

Ariel - Argentina said... »September 26, 2012

I think it needs more GTI elements

Ronald Joe said... »September 28, 2012

I would give MK7 GTI a skip as well. Boring design and lowly spec'ed.

Trebor2013 said... »January 06, 2013

I feel they've introduced Mk 7 too early - the outgoing Mk6 still looks fresh and not remotely dated looking. It's barely been around for 4 yrs!, nevermind half a decade. With the world economy still in 2nd gear so to speak, they should have waited until 2014 to bring in mk7 - which would conveniently have tied in with the 40th anniversary of the original mk1's introduction.
I also think mk7 looks too similar to mk6.....but on closer inspection it actually borrows from mk5 more - especially the front of the car and bonnet styling. Mk6 borrowed slighly the front-end styling of mk4. So far the Golf has been evolutionary in its changes, rather than revolutionary. It's difficult now to imagine how radical the original Golf must have been back in 1974 as it was very different from anything else at the time. It was years ahead of its time, and I think maybe VW felt that all successive mk's had to be evolutionary not radical.
I think for mk8, VW need to be daring again and not be afraid to draw some gasps. The first Ford Focus in 1998, along with the 2006 Honda Civic were both radical designs which were ahead of their time. VW needs to do this with the mk8 Golf. The trend now seems to be for cars to be becoming more angular looking again, and the new mk7 Golf shows this. Its sharp angles are a far cry from the smooth simple curves of the mk4 and mk5 Golfs.
I think VW should revisit the angular shape of mk1 for mk8...but try to re-imagine it for the 21st century. If they could do this and pull it off, the mk8 Golf could be truly sensational and revolutionary. One thing's for sure, mk8 needs to look very different from mk7. VW need to get radical again and leave their comfort zone. This may not be very German, but VW need to introduce a car that is years ahead of its time - just like the 1974 Golf was.
Mk7 looks good, but probably won't turn too many heads purely because it looks too much like the outgoing model. It looks 'now' rather than 'futuristic'. VW need to make a Golf that makes people say ''Wow, what was that that just drove past?''. It's time to make the next Golf look less recognisable from a distance. Could mk8 be this Golf?. One final note - at least give mk7 five years as anything less looks like VW are either short-changing us all, or they were not confident enough with the current model in the first place. Mk7 should be around til at least summer 2018.

Trebor2013 said... »January 06, 2013

I feel they've introduced Mk 7 too early - the outgoing Mk6 still looks fresh and not remotely dated looking. It's barely been around for 4 yrs!, nevermind half a decade. With the world economy still in 2nd gear so to speak, they should have waited until 2014 to bring in mk7 - which would conveniently have tied in with the 40th anniversary of the original mk1's introduction.
I also think mk7 looks too similar to mk6.....but on closer inspection it actually borrows from mk5 more - especially the front of the car and bonnet styling. Mk6 borrowed slighly the front-end styling of mk4. So far the Golf has been evolutionary in its changes, rather than revolutionary. It's difficult now to imagine how radical the original Golf must have been back in 1974 as it was very different from anything else at the time. It was years ahead of its time, and I think maybe VW felt that all successive mk's had to be evolutionary not radical.
I think for mk8, VW need to be daring again and not be afraid to draw some gasps. The first Ford Focus in 1998, along with the 2006 Honda Civic were both radical designs which were ahead of their time. VW needs to do this with the mk8 Golf. The trend now seems to be for cars to be becoming more angular looking again, and the new mk7 Golf shows this. Its sharp angles are a far cry from the smooth simple curves of the mk4 and mk5 Golfs.
I think VW should revisit the angular shape of mk1 for mk8...but try to re-imagine it for the 21st century. If they could do this and pull it off, the mk8 Golf could be truly sensational and revolutionary. One thing's for sure, mk8 needs to look very different from mk7. VW need to get radical again and leave their comfort zone. This may not be very German, but VW need to introduce a car that is years ahead of its time - just like the 1974 Golf was.
Mk7 looks good, but probably won't turn too many heads purely because it looks too much like the outgoing model. It looks 'now' rather than 'futuristic'. VW need to make a Golf that makes people say ''Wow, what was that that just drove past?''. It's time to make the next Golf look less recognisable from a distance. Could mk8 be this Golf?. One final note - at least give mk7 five years as anything less looks like VW are either short-changing us all, or they were not confident enough with the current model in the first place. Mk7 should be around til at least summer 2018.

disqus_YYGtbKQ6Ku said... »February 14, 2013

Considering Arsenal are Citroen branded you may go off and buy a silly DS range !

disqus_YYGtbKQ6Ku said... »February 14, 2013

Considering Arsenal are Citroen branded you may go off and buy a DS range !

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