New Golf GTI pictures leaked onto the internet
One of the most anticipated cars this year - the Volkswagen Golf - get its public unveiling this week at the Paris Motor Show.

And pictures of the GTI hot hatch version have already found their way unofficially onto the internet and reported by Auto Express, despite a concept version expected to be shown on the VW stand at the Paris show.

The car gets the characteristic GTI-treatment of a honeycomb grille trimmed with red pin striping, twin exhaust pipes and fat alloys. The pictures also suggest the red pin striping continues into the headlamp units.

In another leak, the performance data has also surfaced on the world wide web showing that the new GTI gets a power-hike over the current version.

The new GTI is believed to develop 217bhp - up 10bhp - from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and owners will be able to specify a further 10bhp power-hike thanks to a special performance pack.

It's believed the new GTI will be able to crack 60mph from rest in around 6.5 seconds - probably due to a plentiful torque figure of 350Nm.

The new Golf MKVII is lighter than its predecessor so we can expect the GTI to benefit from these weight-saving measures, too. Fuel economy figures are said to be lower on the new GTI as well.

We're anxious to see the new GTI and will be reporting on any news to come from the Paris Motor Show. Check back on Autoblog for more details soon.