New VW Golf GTI Will Be “Cool As Hell”, CEO Says

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.”

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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.

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  • Daniela Wolf

    no 2.5 TFSI = no fun

    • MrM3000

      That’s an Audi engine, isn’t it?

      • Daniela Wolf

        And people want them in VW but Audi is clever and won’t give them the engine.^^

        • MrM3000

          Why should it? Want an Audi engine? Get an Audi.

          • Daniela Wolf


          • Fernando da Silva

            it also may be too heavy for the golf

  • Witsend Cottage


  • Rocket

    And that’s a surprise? What did we expect him to say? “The new GTI is going to be lame as hell! You’ll hate it!”?

  • alexxx

    Sadly gti is single cool car at wv lineup 😬😂

    • Six_Tymes

      thats all they need

      • alexxx

        I guess…

        • Puddingpopper

          we deserve a new Scirocco or Corrado

    • Matt

      And the R…

    • MrM3000

      The new Jetta GLI makes that two. But there is also the Arteon and the new Passat next year.

  • Six_Tymes

    “can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds.”

    ill admit, I must be spoiled. I say that because, 5.6 seems slow for 2019. Should be 4.6, does anyone else agree? Maybe the 2020 GTI will be faster than current model?


      Don’t forget that its FWD, the CTR is also around that.

    • MrM3000

      You need AWD for that. And then again, there is already a Golf R. So not gonna happen with the GTI, and that’s fine with me.

  • Keith G

    When a 50+ year old CEO says cool as hell, you’ll know that it’s going to be a flop and bland like all others before it.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Flop, not so much.

    • Puddingpopper

      Which one was a flop? Oh NVM you said all of them

      • Rzrlf

        Says the guy who probably owns 2 golfs..

        • Matt

          Is owning Golfs illegal? He asked a fair question – I can’t recall any GTI’s being a ‘flop’. The Mk4 maybe strayed away from the formula but it still sold well (disclaimer: I own zero Golfs).

          • Rzrlf

            im just trying to rustle peoples jimmy’s is all

          • Puddingpopper

            You should change your name to Trllmndr, and they are GTIs and my jimmy’s are only slightly rustled

          • Rzrlf

            I was think more like changing it to: Dumplingdumper

          • Puddingpopper

            How about Durfherder

    • MrM3000

      Flop? Hardly.

      The GTI is the benchmark against which all other hot hatches are measured. It’s a premium little beast that’s also civilized enough (take that, Civic) as a comfortable daily driver. Loads of power on tap and that sweet engine that never complains when pushed.

      It’s going to be a hit.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Volkswagen Group’s chief executive for the United States says the next VW Golf GTI will be “cool as hell.”
    Did anyone else just discover their internal “cringe” working as they read this?

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Fastest minivan on the market. Great for carpooling if you are in a hurry to get to job and back. The future of UBER. Forgot, now they need to add also an electric engine for fuel efficiency.

    • Puddingpopper


    • MrM3000

      It’s a bit of an overstatement to call it a minivan. Practical, yes, but not minivan practical.
      Agreed on everything else. It needs a hybrid power train.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        “It needs a hybrid power train.”

        And i’d also add an all-electric GTI to maximize energy efficiency while carpooling as a quasi-minivan. It could be advertised as the “Sporty version of the Prius by VW”. UBER drivers would go mad over it.

  • SteersUright

    Interesting, considering GTI’s have never been cool as hell in any way. “Competent”, might be a word I’d use. “Capable”, perhaps another. “Cool as hell”? I’d love to see what they have in store for us!

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