Sporty new Golf GTI revealed


Sporty new Golf GTI revealed

Volkswagen has just released details of the new Golf GTI, ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.

With 217bhp on offer and a maximum torque figure of a hearty 350Nm, the new GTI can hit 60mph in 6.5 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 152mph – impressive, but still a fraction slower than the 6.3 seconds and 154mph offered by the Ford Focus ST.

If those figures weren't quite enough to whet your appetite, VW is also offering a Golf GTI "Performance" edition – hitting 60mph in 6.4 seconds and heading onto 155mph.

What's really impressive are the GTI's new green abilities – outputting just 139g/km and achieving a 47mpg on the combined cycle with a manual gearbox, the 2.0-litre turbocharged Golf is supposedly more efficient than a Hyundai i30 1.4 petrol.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7

As before, there's a DSG gearbox on offer too – though it does knock the GTI's fuel economy down a notch. Fitting the auto 'box drops the Golf's MPG to 44.1 on the combined cycle, meaning a CO2 output of 148g/km.

On the outside it's still unmistakably a GTI – even if VW have introduced a set of crisp new alloys. The trademark red piping around the grille remains – now diving in behind the headlights too – while there's the familiar tartan seat trim inside.

Prices are yet to be revealed for the UK, but in Germany the Golf starts at just over €650 more than the outgoing model. VW retailers in the UK will start taking orders on March 26, and deliveries will begin in June.

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