volkswagen golf gti mk7

The order books have opened for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 in Europe, and with that, more details about the car have also come about. As is already known, the car is available from the factory in two power output levels from its 2.0 TSI turbo mill – a standard 220 PS GTI and a 230 PS GTI Performance version, which also adds larger brake discs and a front limited-slip differential to things. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed DSG unit.

The Stage 2 GTI Performance pack adds uprated brakes, with the ventilated front brake discs increasing in size to 340 x 30 mm from the standard 312 x 25 mm rotors. The rear rotors also get upsized, with the stock 300 x 12 mm solid discs on the standard GTI being replaced with 310 x 22 mm ventilated discs.

As for the front differential, the VAQ system consists of a multi-plate coupler between the differential cage and right driveshaft, which controls locking torque electro-hydraulically. Benefits include offering a more neutral and agile driving behaviour and allows higher speeds to be carried through curves. Visually, vehicles with the Performance pack are distinguished solely by ‘GTI’ lettering on the red brake callipers.

Both versions feature a Stop/Start system, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity as standard. In the UK, the 18-inch Austin replaces the 17-inch Brooklyn GTI alloys stated for the car as standard fitment, though the tyre profile remains 225/45s.

Optional equipment includes 19-inch Santiago alloy wheels, Vienna leather upholstery, keyless entry, High Beam Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist, a rear view camera, ACC Adaptive Chassis Control, touchscreen satellite navigation and a 10-channel amplifier/eight-speaker Dynaudio sound system.