We've heard that Volkswagen will be turning up the wick on the next-generation GTI, and this newest report is certainly fanning those flames. Autocar now says the 2.0-liter turbo four in Volkswagen's next hot hatch will make all of 260 horsepower, but perhaps more importantly, the front differential will get some new technology to keep all that power from just turning into tire smoke.

The so-called VAQ limited-slip would use an electronically controlled Haldex clutch, bringing all-wheel-drive technology to the front-drive GTI, according to the report. The GTI will, of course, continue to be based on the Golf, but it is said to employ aluminum in the floor pans and roof to shed some weight. Supposedly, the top-of-the-range Golf R will actually boast a carbon fiber roof.

If Autocar is right, the Mk7 GTI would be the most powerful yet, topping the GTI Edition 35 and bumping the next GTI up to Golf R-like performance. Which begs the question: So just how powerful will the next R be?

We expect to see the new Golf debut at the Paris Motor Show this September.


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      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the fine print that says the North American variant will make do with a carryover engine making 200 HP? I wouldn't put it past VW to keep costs down.
        JB Kolod
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xspeedy
        Unlikely, the GTI has a lot more competition in the American market considering the Focus ST is likely to be a big big seller. The new MQB architecture is supposed to cut manufacturing costs HUGELY which is probably where they are getting the money for all the extra power and the aluminum components. I bet we see a slight price increase, but nothing drastic. If they start to manufacture it here in the states, I bet prices would go down significantly.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope this works its way to the Audi 2.0T as well.
        RudyH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        It's already been reported the MQB A3 will be receiving a 1.8T, so likely as the S3 model. As for the Q5, I believe it uses the same platform as the A4...therefore I am going with unlikely.
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. I've always liked the GTI, and while I wouldn't let it only have 200hp keep me from buying one, nice to see it's finally getting a bump in power.
      mkvhaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      What makes the Gti great is the power delivery. VW knows this and I don't think they will sacrifice much low end torque and turbo lag for more top end power. All reports up to know have been quoting 220hp - 230hp so I am still holding my breath on this one...
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The biggest D bag drivers either have a Scion Tc or one of these.
        Buckus Comments
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        I thought the biggest D bag drivers have a bro truck and drive it like it's a sports car??
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        No they drive the 3 series.
        Joe K.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        i gotta disagree too. BMW 3 series I could say, you are probably right. GTI isn't some slick looking sports car that draws in the poser. The practical enthusiast is usually drawn to this car not the douche. MAYBE the older models with the roller skate running gear appear to be D baggish. LOL .
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow. so it will have the same output as a sonata turbo. (yet require premium) impressive /s
        Buckus Comments
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        And for the same price, you could get a 263HP MazdaSpeed3. It's good to have choices. The GTI is a mini luxury car. Specs don't tell the whole story.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Buckus Comments
          MS3 has footwell lighting. Guess you missed that. The Mazda3/MS3 also won a Ward's 10 Best interiors for 2010. VW can't claim that... Don't act like the GTI is the greatest gift to man, because it isn't.
          Mark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Buckus Comments
          Mini-luxury, but can't even do power seats? It is a fine car, but lets be clear - VW keeps the luxury out of it so people that want that buy the A3.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Buckus Comments
          Have you seen the new MS3? Ugli as ****. I was a huge fan of the first but after that redesign no thanks. I'd still have the ST.
        themanwithsauce
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        The issue with a sonata is at the end of the day, you have a hyundai. When you buy a GTI, you don't. On top of that, the GTI will hold its value better, have better fit and finish, and it looks better in my opinion but that is subjective. Oh and it will run circles around the sonata on a track.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        pleAse, take any claims from Hyundai with a grain of salt, especially when its comes to mileage adn HP..................
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Adding extra power to a front-heavy plow monkey still makes it a plow monkey.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        Watch as all the haters downvote because they've never driven anything besides fwd.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, they've finally caught up to 2006 GM.
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      No thank you. I'll keep my base model mk 6 GTI. 3100lbs, no sunroof, no power seats, no touchscreen crap. 200hp is more than sufficient.
        Andy Hodapp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schadenfreude
        Me to, why do people get that stuff of their GTI, no one ever uses their sunroof and it adds weight to the worst possible place, I'm just going to chip mine to 280 HP
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andy Hodapp
          I love my sunroof.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andy Hodapp
          Are you guys a sub-class of GTI hipsters?
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andy Hodapp
          I use the sunroof on my Mk4 GTI. I rather enjoy it personally. I bought the car as my daily driver, not an autocross or track car. The sunroof isn't hurting me at all. Otherwise, my GTI is fairly bare bones, it's a GLS with cloth seats (though heated), manual HVAC, manual trans, etc. I did have a GLX VR6 Mk4 previously which had all the bells and whistles though, leather heated seats, sunroof, Climatronic, automatic windshield wipers, multifunction display (forget what it's called) etc. I loved that car as well and I didn't feel any ill effects from the sunroof or heavier engine up front. Again though, it wasn't a track car for me, just a daily driver. I do really miss the sound of that VR6 though....
        Buckus Comments
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schadenfreude
        I have a 2012 and got it with the sunroof so I could get the upgraded stereo. I don't track my car, just have fun on my long drive to/from work. The sunroof actually helps tremendously in expediting hot air out of the car, but it otherwise goes unused most days due to the - uh, sun - beating down relentlessly. I have used it at night, though, but you gotta keep a window cracked so you don't get that annoying wind buffetting sound.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Buckus Comments
          Does the 2012 not have a "comfort setting" on the sunroof? It's a setting that opens the sunroof as far as it can before the buffeting starts. If you open it all the way, you get the buffeting, but a slight bit less open and you're good to go. My Mk4 has a notch in the dial for that setting. I'm sure the 2012's do as well. You should try that.
      CB
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time. 200 hp just doesn't cut it if you aspire to call it a "hot" hatch anymore.
      loopless
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone can turn up the wick on a turbo car to get more peak power. More important is the RPM onset of boost and the flatness and length of the torque curve. That's why the 200HP VAG engine gets rave reviews and punches above its weight. Look a the Hyundai/Kia 2.0 turbos . Sure they get 270hp, but reviews have been generally pretty negative about how they deliver that power.
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      'Bout time--the GTI has been seriously lagging in the power department for quite some time. Is VW pretending the WRX and Evolution don't exist?
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        Considering that both are AWD, I am actually pretty sure that they aren't aiming at either. The Si, MS3, upcoming ST and other FWD sport compacts on the other hand, yeah, they aim for those.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        The R32 and Golf R compete with those vehicles you mentioned.
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