Report: Next-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI to be lighter, more powerful

Report: Next-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI to be lighter, more powerful image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted May 25, 2015 12:31

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI will reportedly weigh less and put out more than 300 PS

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will reportedly arrive in 2019 and will feature over 300 PS, a new aerodynamic bodykit to differentiate it from other variants, reduced weight and other standard features.

According to Automobile Magazine, the rumored new-generation Golf GTI will sit on a MQB Evo platform which will give it a longer wheelbase and an estimated 22.6 – 45.3 kg weight reduction. There are no exact details on its design but it is expected to have a windshield with greater rake, LED headlights, shorter overhangs and an aerodynamic bodykit distinct to the GTI model.

Over to the interior, Volkswagen will reportedly use their Golf Touch R concept as a basis for the cabin of the 2019 Golf GTI. There are no exact details as to how it will look like but the concept does feature the following: a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a 12.8-inch high resolution infotainment touchscreen, an 8-inch Control Center, gesture control system and interior ambient lighting.

The eighth-generation Golf GTI will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that will generate 303 PS. It is then mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Optional extras that will reportedly be available for the 2019 Golf GTI include: adaptive suspension dampers, bigger brakes, electronic limited slip differential (LSD) and an automatic dual-clutch gearbox.

Note: Pictured above is the current-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI

Source: Automobile Magazine