Volkswagen Group’s chief executive for the United States says the next VW Golf GTI will be “cool as hell.”
The VW Golf GTI has long been recognized as one of the world’s premiere hot hatches and while all-wheel drive alternatives have flooded the market in recent years, it is still one of the finest pocket rockets available.
During a recent interview with Automobile Magazine, Volkswagen’s Scott Keogh indicated the new one is coming soon.
“We will be launching the Golf VIII, which will be the next-gen and it will have a GTI, so we’re 100 percent on board [with that model]. But right now the GTI is going to stay GTI. And the [eighth-gen version of that] will come, and it’s going to be as cool as hell.”
The range-topping VW Golf GTI is the special TCR mode fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pumping out 286 hp and 272 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. Power goes exclusively to the front wheels and thanks to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the hot hatch can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds.
Other important components of the car include an electronic limited-slip differential, adaptive suspension and a pair of additional radiators for better cooling.
Limited details about the next-generation Golf GTI are known but at one stage, there were suggestions it could be a hybrid. However, it is now believed that the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be retained but tweaked to deliver a little extra grunt.