Feb 28

The new Volkswagen GTI

The new Volkswagen GTI is a big deal for several reasons. First being the GTI is the original hot hatch and hot hatches are cool. They do every thing well instead of just focusing on one area. Secondly it sets the bar for all hot hatches to follow. The GTI will probably not be the fastest, or roomiest, but it will probably be one of the best.

2014 GTI
The quick and dirty of the GTI is it will come in two horsepower levels the 220hp base model and 230hp sport pack. Both trims come with a turbocharged direct injection (TSI) engine and 258 lb-ft of torque. Standard is a six speed manual transmission and VWs six speed dual clutch box will be an option.

These coupled with the TSI engine, and standards stop start feature will get 36mpg. The new GTI is looking impressive for sure. Pricing info has not yet been released and as the car has not officially been announced for the US yet we can not even speculate. I would expect it to come in right around the current GTI though keeping it affordable.

Full Press Release after the jump.

Wolfsburg, 27th February 2013 – Following tradition, Volkswagen will introduce the latest version of the Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time, the iconic hot hatch is available at launch with two power levels: 220 horsepower; or 230 hp with the optional performance pack.

The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine (TSI®) that makes 220 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Volkswagen is offering a factory-installed performance pack for the first time, which boosts power to 230 hp. 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 39.2 mpg—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 220- and 230-hp GTIs return 36.8 and 36.2 mpg respectively (equivalent to 148 and 150 g/km CO2).

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.

Visually, the interior is highlighted by 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.