27 de fevereiro de 2013

Volkswagen will also present the Golf GTI in Geneva.

Volkswagen recently announced they were going to publicly display the Golf GTD at the Geneva Motor Show, and today we found out the GTI will also make an appearance in Geneva. The seventh generation Golf will have for the first time a GTI version with two power levels.

There is now a standard version with 220hp and the GTI Performance with 230hp and a front axle differential lock. The engine is the same turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder TSI petrol unit with direct injection, and while the power output is different, the maximum torque is the same 350Nm in both versions of the GTI.

You can choose between a manual six-speed gearbox or the automatic six-speed DSG transmission. The standard GTI has a top speed of 246km/h (153mph) and will accelerate from to 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 6.5 seconds, while the GTI Performance is faster 4km/h (250km/h or 155mph) and 0.1 seconds (6.4 seconds), respectively.

Both versions come with a Stop-Start system and have an average fuel consumption of 6.0l/100km with the manual gearbox, but if you choose the optional six-speed DSG that value will rise to 6.4 and 6.5l/100 for the GTI and GTI Performance.

The look of the GTI is practically equal to the GTD with the exception of the red stripe that passes through the front grille and continues into the headlamps. With the GTI we also get two chrome tailpipes, a sport suspension, 17 inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels with 225/45 size tyres, special side sills, a diffuser, smoked LED rear lights and LED licence plate illumination. All of that is only available with three exterior colors; “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”.

Inside we have the classic tartan pattern “Clark”, a black roofliner and red ambiance lighting, besides the excepted sport steering wheel, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals and foot support.

You can order your new GTI from 5th of March for a starting price of €28.350 ($36.990 or £24.470) in Germany.