Volkswagen Golf GTI 2013 to come in 2 variants
Volkswagen has revealed the 7th-generation of the Golf GTI ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut next week. And it looks exactly like the “concept” shown since September.
The production-ready 2013 VW Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 220 hp in the regular version or 230 hp in the “Performance” version, both with 350 Nm of torque and both having a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed “DSG” automanual gearboxes. It is the first time when the Golf GTI is offered in two variants. The base version weighs in at 1,351 kg, a fair bit lighter than the Ford Focus ST.
The regular GTI does the 0-100 kph run in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 246 kph, while the Performance model does it in 6.4 seconds and maxes out at 250 kph. The cars are supposedly rated at between 6.0 litres/100 km and 6.5 litres/100 km in fuel consumption.
The GTI rides on 17-inch wheels with 225/45 tyres and lower suspension. It features a body kit with a built-in rear diffuser and wider side sills. For brakes, the standard GTI has 314mm ventilated front discs and 300mm solid discs, while the Performance model has ventilated discs on all wheels, 342mm discs at the front and 310mm at the rear. Inside it gets sportier seats, steering wheel and pedals.
Sales will start in Europe by the beginning of summer, which means there will be quite a wait before the new GTI comes to the GCC, possibly as a 2014 model. The regular Golf 1.4TSI is going on sale in the UAE soon.
Keep track of future updates in the Volkswagen Golf buyer guide.