Until Volkswagen unwraps the new Golf R, which should house more than 270 ponies under its hood, the fastest series-production Golf 7 that you can buy today is the GTI Performance edition that comes with 227hp (230PS) versus the regular GTI’s 217hp (220PS).
It is this version of the new Golf GTI that German car magazine Sport Auto took to a quiet side road and freed all of its 227-horses through the front wheels.
The driver took the hot hatchback from a starting stand to its top speed of 259km/h (161mph) on the dashboard. For the record, VW claims a maximum velocity of 250km/h or 155mph for the Golf GTI Performance along with a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 6.4 seconds. If we counted correctly, it took 49 seconds for the GTI to reach its top speed.
Both the base and Performance editions of the new Golf GTI are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. next year.