Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted February 28, 2013 16:16
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mark VII
Volkswagen will be unveiling its latest version of the Golf GTI at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. The carmaker will be offering the GTI in two variants, the GTI standard and the GTI Performance which has larger disc brakes and a front limited-slip differential.
First previewed at the Paris Motor Show late last year, the seventh generation GTI will be offered with two power options for the first time in the model's history. The GTI standard version is powered by a four cylinder TSI engine with a base power figure of 220 PS, while an uprated 230 PS engine is offered for the GTI Performance variant, both of which have a maximum torque of 350Nm.
The standard GTI accelerates to 100km/h from a standstill in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 244.62km/h while the GTI Performance is faster by just 0.01 seconds on the 0-100km/h run and has a top speed of 259.45km/h. Both versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system and has the TSI engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and is offered with a six-speed DSG gearbox as an option.
Giving the hatch its GTI character are some external modifications and trims including the brake calipers that are painter in red, dual chrome tailpipe, sports suspension, 17" alloy wheels(18" for UK market), side sills, rear diffuser, smoked LED rear lights and bi-xenon headlights with daytime running lights.
The car's sportiness continues inside with sports seats in classic tartan cloth upholstery, a black rooflining, red ambience lighting, stainless steel pedals, bespoke sports steering wheel, gear shift lever, and instrument cluster.