Volkswagen has been diving into the deep-end of the pool when it comes to globalizing their platforms. Today, the company has release more details around their new Mk7 GTI. For the first time in the models history the GTI badge will now offer two performance versions. Sadly this may only be another "European Only" feature. But with the U.S. full of euro tuning know how and suppliers, we're sure we can offer exclusive packages of our own.
The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine (TSI®) that makes 220hp and 258 lb. ft. at 1500rpm in standard form. Volkswagen is offering a factory- installed performance pack for the first time, which boosts power to 230hp. The Performance Pack has a "front axle differential lock", aka a torque sensing limited-slip differential. Both versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system, fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014, and attain the same excellent DIN gas mileage figure of 39.2mpg-which equates to 139 g/km of CO2-when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. This means that the new GTI offers an 18 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model. With the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 220hp and 230hp GTIs return 36.8mpg and 36.2mpg respectively.
The sporty nature of the Golf GTI is reflected in its red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome tailpipes, and a lowered sport suspension. The exterior of the compact hatchback also scores with 17-inch "Brooklyn" GTI wheels and 225/45 tires, special side skirts, a rear diffuser, and smoked LED taillights with LED license-plate illumination.
The GTI brakes will be 12.3 x 1.0 in vented front brakes and 11.8 x 0.5 in solid rear discs while the GTI Performance Pack brakes will be 13.4 x 1.2 in vented front and 12.2 x 0.9 in vented rear discs.
Visually, the interior comes with sport seats with the "Clark" tartan pattern, a black headliner, and red ambient lighting. The car also offers classic GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI shifter knob grip and instrument cluster, special trim inserts, and stainless- steel pedals and foot support.
Standard features include the progressive steering system; "Climatronic" automatic climate control; park assist; Volkswagen's latest touchscreen infotainment system; and a winter pack that includes heatable front seats. Customers can choose from three body colors: "Tornado Red", "Black" and "Pure White". In Germany, the car goes on sale in May with prices starting at 28,350 euros. No word yet on when the car is expected State side or how much the price tag will be.
Estimated time to hit US roads could be as soon as 2014 or even as late as 2015.