At the Volkswagen company, the letters “GTI” have stood for superior dynamic performance for over three decades now.
In the tradition of previous models by the same name, Volkswagen is introducing the latest version of the Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with 162 kW / 220 PS. The GTI accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h.
The GTI is equipped with a Stop-Start system, which fulfils the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014 and – with a 6-speed gearbox – it attains an impressively low DIN fuel consumption value of 6.0 l/100 km (CO2: 139 g/km). This means that the Golf GTI offers an 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model. With the optional 6-speed DSG, the GTI consumes 6.4 l/100 (equivalent to 148g/km CO2).
The sporty character of the Golf GTI is reflected in its traditional red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and a sport suspension. The exterior of the compact sports car also scores with 17-inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels and 225/45 size tyres, special side sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights (including LED licence plate illumination).
Visual highlights in the interior are top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner and red ambience lighting.
The cars also offers sporty GTI features such as a sport leather multi-function steering wheel, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals and foot support.
Volkswagen assures an optimal mix of comfort and safety in the Golf GTI. Customers can choose from the standard body colours “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”. In Ireland, the car goes on sale in dealerships in June with prices starting at just €33,595, with the car now reduced in price due to its lower CO2 emissions and subsequent lower VRT rating. The car now sits in tax band B2.