Volkswagen is introducing the VW Golf GTI concept car in a premiere at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris. The innovative Volkswagen Golf GTI will be launched into the business in spring 2013.
The next Golf GTI is powered by an excellent engine, a two-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with 162 kW / 220 PS. A performance pack will be prepared as a factory-installed option. The engine's greatest power is boosted to 169 kW / 230 PS. Both versions are outfitted with a Stop/Start system as standard, with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The mixed fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI is decreased by 1.3 litres per 100 km or 18 per cent. A 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for both power levels.
The electronically regulated lock has a real effect on active safety and driving dynamics because it practically blocks the power-related understeer that can happen in powerful front-wheel-drive cars. This makes handling accurate and has a stabilising outcome in load-alteration induced oversteer. Traction is also increased when driving on insecure and wet road surfaces and in turning circumstances.
The new steering works with a progressive steering gear ratio. This noticeably decreases steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On countryside roads with lots of bends, and when making crossings, the driver feels a gain in dynamics due to the more direct layout.
The seventh-generation concept car being shown in Paris is separated from other Golf models by numerous supplementary equipment features and classic GTI insignia. These include the red-painted brake callipers, a GTI-typical honeycomb structure, smoked LED rear lights including LED licence plate. Some characteristics have been since the days of the first Volkswagen Golf GTI. Volkswagen has further improved the classic GTI wheels "Denver", "Detroit" and "Glendale". 18-inch wheels will also be accessible on the GTI as an alternative.