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2014 VW Golf GTI Revealed in Production Guise, Available in 220PS and 230PS Trims

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Welcome to the new-old, or what Volkswagen prefers to call the seventh generation of the Golf GTI, which was unveiled today in final production trim following the release of a thinly disguised concept study at last year's Paris Motor Show.

As with the regular Golf MK7 hatchbacks, you'll be forgiven if you're having a hard time telling the new GTI apart from the current model, as VW has followed an extremely conservative evolutionary approach with the design.

The new sports hatch gets all the usual styling trinkets we've come to expect from GTI models, like the red accent line on the grille, which now extends into the headlamps, honeycomb grille inserts, smoked (LED) tail lamps, a rear spoiler, twin pipes, side sills, a diffuser and different set of 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 225/45 size tires.

The same applies for the interior with the classic tartan pattern fabric for the standard sport seats, a flat bottom steering wheel, black headliner, and red ambience lighting.

What's different about the latest Golf GTI is that it is based on VW's newest MQB platform that helps sheds 42kg (93 pounds) over the outgoing model for a base curb weight of 1,351kg (2,978 pounds)

It also gets a newer 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder unit that's offered in two power levels, 217hp (220PS) for the base model and 227hp (230PS) for the GTI Performance version, which also features a front axle differential lock.

Available transmission options include a standard 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic.

VW quotes a 0-100 km/h (62mph) sprint time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155mph) for the 230PS model with a manual gearbox, which compares to the current 210PS Golf GTI's 6.9 seconds and 240km/h (149mph).

In Germany, advance ordering for the new Golf GTI Mk7 will begin on March 5, the same day that the car will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, with prices starting at €28,350 or about US$37,000


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12 Comments:

Evan McMaster said... »February 26, 2013

That car is amazing! Volkswagen has done it again!

No one said... »February 26, 2013

come on Yanks, complain !

Jiron Mohamad said... »February 26, 2013

This car looked boring at first glance, but I like it more everytime I see it.

Sabelo Mzuku said... »February 27, 2013

those rims my goodness!!!! looks good!

Alx said... »February 27, 2013

...just add another set of doors and this car makes most others obsolete!

chippers said... »February 27, 2013

LOVE those wheels

dumblikeyou2 said... »February 27, 2013

Time for the Polo in America s.t.a.t. Thanks Vee-dub.

dumblikeyou2 said... »February 27, 2013

What, and take that job away from cunty Brits?

Sam Woolley said... »February 27, 2013

and where are the moderators...?

JohnL said... »February 27, 2013

Nice car, but, the price will kill it here. You see, we get decontented cars from VW. I loved my CC, and my wife loved her Passat wagon; however, VW refused to bring the All Road to the U.S, I was told it was not in their marketing plan. And, the newer CC's, mine was a 2009, have been stripped of many of the things I liked in '09. If VW does that with the new GTI, and charges $37000+ base price, then they may languish on the lots. VW just give us the same car you sell everywhere else. As an aside, my wife and I loved our Corrado's, I had two, and a legion of Golfs, over the years. VW needs to go back to sending us cars that are at least as well equipped as the other makers.

g.one said... »February 27, 2013

Starting at $37K.... good luck.

aaronbbrown said... »February 28, 2013

I'm sure it's fun to drive, but there's nothing really new here, it's also not competitive with the other cars in its class. Where is the 300 hp sport model to compete with the Ford RS? Where is the four door 270 hp engine to make it competitive with the Ford RT? Where is the all wheel drive? Volkswagen, how long can you continue to play the nostalgia retro card?


My family bought almost nothing but Volkswagens throughout the 70s and 80s, but then we moved up to Audi, and never saw a reason to go back. But now quality control and reliability are becoming a big issue and Audi, what happened?


This is the problem with allowing just a few companies to own all the car manufacturers, they have a vested interest in intentionally retard the progress and development of certain lines, in order to maintain their control of market share with other lines, which they can then degrade in the name of profit margins. Mergers, and the thinly veiled monopolies they are creating, are destroying not only the car and motorcycle business, but the entire global economy as well.

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