UPDATE: Official VW promo video of the Mk7 Golf GTI released – view it here
Volkswagen has announced that its new Golf GTI Mk7 – previewed in concept form in Paris last year – will make its official debut in Geneva next month, and for the first time the hot hatch will be available in two output tunes, a Stage 1 standard 220 PS form as well as a Stage 2 GTI Performance version with 230 PS on call.
Both guises will be equipped with an Euro 6-compliant EA888 2.0 litre TSI lump, and aside from the different power outputs will have an identical 350 Nm maximum torque. In terms of performance, it’s as reported previously, the standard GTI doing the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.5 seconds and having a 246 km/h top speed, while the GTI Performance manages the same in 6.4 seconds and 250 km/h. Splitting hairs as far as numbers go.
Kit for both includes a Stop-Start system, 17-inch Brooklyn GTI wheels and 225/45 rubbers, traditional red-painted brake calipers, two chrome tailpipes and a sport suspension. Also on, special side sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights as well as LED licence plate illumination.
Inside, there’s the familiar tartan pattern in a scheme called Clark, and the cabin features a black roof-liner and red ambience lighting, while GTI-related cues include a sport steering wheel, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals/foot support. Standard body colours for Europe will be Tornado Red, Black and Pure White.