Following the debut of the new Mark VII Golf, Volkswagen is set to pull the wraps off of a new GTI Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Though its time in the hot lights is less than a day away, that hasn't stopped the likes of AutoBild from dropping some freshly leaked images of the hot hatch design study on the interwebs.

The "near-production" concept preceding the roadgoing model is a practice that follows suit from the previous GTI debut at Paris in 2008. AutoBild is claiming that the new GTI will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four making 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque routed to the buyer's choice of a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch gearbox. The German magazine is also saying that there will be an optional performance package that boosts output to 227 hp. 0 to 62 mph is pegged at 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 153 mph in the standard iteration, while the performance package model is said to make the run in 6.5 seconds, topping out at 155.

While the concept features a bevy of traditional GTI hallmark including a plaid interior and black grille with red pinstriping, the concept extends the red line across the headlights in novel fashion. The concept also features Testarrosa-rific gills as part of the lower front valence (we'll have to wait to see in person to see how we feel about 'em).

Inside, the GTI Concept seems ready to hit the road, with touchscreen navigation, pushbutton start and red stitching on the steering wheel and shift boot.

Though the interior looks very production-ready, only time will tell if the roadgoing version of this iconic performance hatchback looks exactly like what you see here.


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      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please release some different colors of the car in the US when this comes out.
      move
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still won't buy a GTI...it's just not my cup of tea (design wise). The only small VW design that would actually pull me away from my current brand is the Scirocco...too bad VW hasn't figured out that it would be a hot seller over here in the US. Who cares that it won't be a large volume seller, at least it'll spice things!
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @move
        they have and they will sell the new one in the u.s. makes no sense to bring over the old one when the new one arrives in a year or two
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @move
        Reports I;ve seen say VW is *considering* bringing the next gen Scirocco over, possibly as a 2016 model. Actually, I might be wrong on the year, that might be the year for the Audi A1. Both are bing considered.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @move
        they have and they will sell the new one in teh u.s. makes no sense to bring over the old one when the new one arrives in a year or two
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stiff competition for the focus st
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car just makes me think of hipsters and their stupid glasses.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
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      • 2 Years Ago
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      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had hoped they would get rid of the plaid seats and make them a free option! Yes it is a retro touch, but what If I want the base version and don't want the plaid seats!
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Seat covers are that expensive?
        RocketRed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Now you have the option of black leather on the Autobahn top level package. So I don't see why that would change.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        so why don't yu buy leather seats?!
        jclaxton78
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        I agree. You'll never offend or put off buyers with basic dark grey or black cloth seats. I hate plaid! And seat covers never fit right, ruin the look inside.
      Perplexed-Sausage
      • 2 Years Ago
      i know that the gti and mini is basicly it when it comes to hot hatches in the states but at that price range it seems very slow now. i guess you give up all out speed for practicallity(asuming you get the 5 door) i still dont understand why the the 3 door is even offered. i wish the scirrocco would be offered in the states
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Perplexed-Sausage
        Abarth? Focus ST? Mazdaspeed3? Perhaps it's offered in a 3 door because the GTI has been a 3 door ever since it's debut in 1976?
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Perplexed-Sausage
        WRX? STI? Veloster T? (ok maybe a warm hatch)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Krzysztof Woźniak
        • 2 Years Ago
        Are you suggesting VW goes RWD with the Golf? :)
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krzysztof Woźniak
          no he was just trolling like always, you know?!
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krzysztof Woźniak
          Then the Golf would be $40,000, so you could bet the GTI and Golf R would be even more than that. That's the cost of reengineering a FWD platform and then retooling an already tooled assembly plant.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        The mk7 will have a longer wheelbase and probably less front overhang than the previous gen.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      The GLI was worst car I ever owned. I could of had a BMW 3 series after I added up all the repair bills.
        lazybeans
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        lol.... that's a common experience with most VW owners. Figure in the depreciation that happens to VWs that are a few years old and you'll lose even more money.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lazybeans
          fairytales..at least in europe
      srmcg
      • 2 Years Ago
      mk6 looks better. this isnt much of a change.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @srmcg
        Duh. It's a Golf. You know... German, evolutionary, conservative.
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice update for the Golf. I'm loving my MK6 - TDI - with which I got 54 mpg on a trip across country 6 months ago. The MK7 will weigh less and get even better mileage. Give me the TDI model.
      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is VW giving these ludicrous performance figures. The current car gets to 60 in mid-6s easy. Dropping 200 lbs and adding more than 10% in peak power will make this thing quicker than the R. And VAG always low-balls their output figures so, as with the current TSI, add 10% to the new number. This car will be doing 328i/A4 times to 60. I hope they drop this engine in the GLI and CC as soon as possible VW should know that in the U.S. a hatchback is a poverty car, no matter how much power and leather it has.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RocketRed
        I was tentatively nodding along with you until the hatchback BS.
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