Volkswagen was at the Frankfurt Motor Show with a few highlights – 2 new Volkswagen Golf models, a Volkswagen Touareg W12 and the Volkswagen Cabriolet.

Following the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Volkswagen Golf R32, here comes the new Volkswagen Golf GT. The Golf GT comes in two incarnations, a 1.4 litre TSI gasoline engine and a 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine.

TSI is a Twin-charged version of Volkwagen’s FSI direct injection engine. TSI stands for “turbocharged stratified injection”. This little 1.4 litre monster makes about 168hp and 240Nm of torque at 1750-4000rpm. This big amount of low-end torque is achievable through a supercharger that works up to 2000rpm before the turbocharger kicked in.

I blogged about this Volkswagen SuperTurbo system previously if you want to read in detail. For normal driving, this powerful yet frugal engine gives a mileage of 7.2 litres per 100km. Comparitively, my aging 1.6 DOHC engine in my Satria 1.6 uses about 10 litres per 100km.

Performance stats? 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 220km/h.

Europeans love hatches and Europeans love diesels. The other Volkswagen Golf GT is a 2.0 TDI engine which features the same twin-charging system employing both a supercharger and a turbocharger. Power output is identical to the 1.4 litre petrol engine – 168hp, but as with all diesels – maximum torque is a massive 350Nm at a low 1900rpm.

The interior is sporty and very “no-nonsense”. I think you should be able to notice that the boost meter graphic I have on the right side of my blog’s banner at the top of this page is actually the Volkswagen Golf GT’s boost meter :)