Volkswagen is hard at work readying its next-generation GTI, and according to Autocar, one of the improvements we can look forward to is a slight bump in power. Currently, the GTI's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four is good for 200 horsepower, but the revised engine is rumored to produce closer to 220 horses.

This doesn't really come as much of a shock, however. Volkswagen recently introduced the 35th anniversary edition of the GTI for European customers, and this hot hatch cranks out a full 253 hp from the same 2.0-liter unit used in the standard GTI.

Autocar also reports that Volkswagen won't likely produce the GTI cabriolet that debuted in Wörthesee this year. Instead, if any new Golf-based convertible is to be given the green light, it will be the even hotter Golf R cabrio that debuted alongside the GTI.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB really needs to hire some new editors. It's 235 hp, not 253.
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the weight of the current car, more than 200 bhp should almost be a given (at least if it wants to maintain it's "hot hatch" credentials). As it stands, the current car can keep pace with a Civic Si, perhaps, but put it against anything like a WRX and Speed3 (other cars within it's under-$30k price range) and it's just seeing tail lights.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      People talk horsepower but drive torque. Full spec details would be helpful please.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brian
        It's a VW, so expect a super flat torque curve from 2000-5000 RPMs. The 20HP bump will probably be accompanied by a similar torque bump.
      RedBarchetta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news. Autoblog should have cut the second paragraph out, though. The Edition 35 is, as another poster mentioned, 235hp. It also use EA113 used in Mk.V GTI and Golf R, not the EA888 of the current Mk.VI.
      b33g33
      • 3 Years Ago
      The GTi 35 edition uses a detuned 'R' engine.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know those preachers who stand on street corners near college campuses and tell everyone they are going to hell, but they sound so obsessional and paranoid that nobody takes them seriously and instead everyone laughs at them?
        atc98092
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since I've never seen a VW burning on the side of the road, I have no idea what you are talking about.
        vwfailsagainisstupid
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like some certain elementary school kids are really enjoying their summer break...lmao.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        bshitting again, my cute little friend?!
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, now they're going to do 220hp. GM's 2.0T is 260hp, 280hp with the factory tune option, so for all that german engineering all they could find is 20 more hp when GM started out with 60 more.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        you do know there is a golf r with the same 2 liter but 270 hp?!
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          With its competition, don't you think that should be the standard GTI engine?
        Mark Boxman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        back in 1980, a porsche 924 carrera gts put out 242 bhp in standard for out of a 2.0 4cyl 8v turbo audi/vw engine The Evo FQ400 put out 403bhp out of a 2.0 4cyl turbo... So what if GM has a 260/280 bhp 2.0 Turbo??
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mark Boxman
          All you did was list more reasons why vw's engine is obsolete. I only talked about the first thing that came to my mind, because just about every other 2.0T out there makes more power than this lump.
        Mark Boxman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Just because it makes less power out of the box does not mean it is a worse engine..... VW used to offer the 1.8T in 150/180/225 bhp formats.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Who cars what GM does with their 2.0T, it will be forever stuck as a lackluster FWD car. How about my 2006 Evolution IX that dynoed 260 *to the wheels* through AWD completely stock. And that was rated 290hp/290tq yet right off the showroom floor it was making more like 320hp after figuring drivetain losses. Or the fact that the stock motor and turbo is good for over 400hp at the wheels with just bolt-ons. Or the fact that they run mid 11 second quarter mile times with exhaust, tune, and boost controller. Or the fact they produced over 1400hp through the same 2.0 liter and set world records. There is NO better 4cylinder than the 4G63T! Just go to youtube and search for high horsepower 4G63T videos.
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Again, all you did was list more reasons why vw's engine is a lump. Even sloppy korean engines put out 275hp from a 2.0T. Any other 2.0T on the market makes more power. That includes the Evo, that includes the SS, that includes everything.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      In before vwfailsagain. I'm gonna rant for him. (rant on) The increase in power doesn't help when it is burning on the side of the road like all VW's. VW just needs to close it's doors and GTFO out of America. (rant off)
      Legione13
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regardless, I am not sure I'd want more than 220-ish spinning the front wheels only. If VW wanted to, they could easily (as already pointed out) crank more out of this engine... but why? The Mazdaspeed3 cranked more from its four-banger, but every review I've ever read bemoans the torque-steer. For me, it's wheelspin that I find really irritating. If I have to move quickly into traffic, I don't want it to be preceded by squealing tires.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Legione13
        The GTI is more of a Civic Si competitor, the Golf R, which is coming the America, will be the WRX/Raliant/3Speed competitor.
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Legione13
        I agree. What I find appealing about the GTI is its overall balance. I have two friends who have Mazdaspeed 3's, and they really are a torque-sterring handful with all that power (although big ups to Mazda for the mechanical limited-slip versus the stupid brake-based system on the GTI). What would be really nice is if VW could bring the weight down by 200 lbs. or so. That would be much cooler than any power increase.
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW has milked the GTI long enough. It's time they injected with some Audi TT power. The lunch box shape is dated too.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marcosc
        The lunch box shape is classic and still cool after all these years. The 2.0T with 200hp (under rated) is below par in this day and age when most 2.0T's are puting out more than 250hp...BUT the car still holds its own
      Philly
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mark V and Mark VI were indeed underrated. A Mark 5 GTI stock dyno's around 180whp (depending on the Dyno, conditions etc.) which would put it a little over 200bhp. Ive seen a Mark VI put up 192whp on mustang dyno. Unless the New iteration cranks out more to the wheel then I would dare this isnt really an upgrade.
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