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According to an exclusive report by Auto Express, performance variants of the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf are set to feature the company’s revolutionary new 10-speed DSG gearbox along with a raft of technological upgrades. The gearbox itself was showcased earlier this year at the Vienna Motor Symposium.

The transmission has been designed to accompany Volkswagen’s MQB platform and is to be made available on the GTI, GTD and R variants while the more vanilla models get the seven-speed gearbox. As expected, the new transmission will help to improve fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

Designed to handle up to 550 Nm of torque, the 10-speed DSG transmission is said to be the same size as the current seven-speed DSG. The future Golf GTD is also tipped to receive a more powerful version of Volkswagen’s new BiTDI engine – a twin-turbo diesel engine – which made its debut in the new B8 Passat.

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As for updates on the current variant, a facelift of the Mk7 Golf is due very soon, now that the company has adopted a new five-year life cycle. With this implemented, the public will get a completely new model every five years as opposed to the industry-standard seven-year cycle.

As such, the Mk8 Golf could make its appearance as early as 2017, with a facelift due only three years into the model’s life cycle as a result of the shortened life span.