If you're looking for thinly veiled production models from the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen has you covered. The German automaker showed off its GTI Concept alongside a smattering of other Golf variants.

A prototype in name only, the concept gives us a glimpse of what the MkVII GTI will bring to the table in terms of aesthetics. Volkswagen says the next-gen GTI will boast an 18-percent bump in fuel efficiency, which could see the sports hatch top 36 miles per gallon highway on the U.S. scale. Not too shabby, especially given the machine should retain its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Volkswagen has also rummaged up a few extra ponies, as the company claims the MkVII will dish out around 217 horsepower, a 17-horse nudge over the current generation. Expect more solid numbers to surface closer to the production model's actual debut. In the interim, peruse our gallery of live images above and the official press release below.
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New Golf celebrates public premiere at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris

Additional world premieres for near final prototypes of the new Golf BlueMotion and Golf GTI
Wolfsburg / Paris, 27 September 2012 - At the Mondial de l'Automobile starting today in Paris everything at the Volkswagen show area revolves around the new Golf. In showing prototypes of the exceptionally fuel-efficient Golf BlueMotion and especially sporty Golf GTI, both almost ready to go into full production, Volkswagen is also providing a first look at some models of the future.

Available across Europe from the autumn, the Golf is being presented to a broad audience for the first time in Paris. With its larger interior (extra legroom in the back and 30 litres more luggage space), new pioneering safety systems such as multi-collision braking fitted as standard and a proactive passenger protection system (PreCrash), plus completely redesigned information and entertainment systems, Volkswagen is aiming to continue the bestseller's success story. New, fuel-efficient engines like the 140 PS petrol motor with cylinder deactivation and consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres (121 g/km CO2) use up to 23 per cent less fuel than their predecessors. Optimisation at this level on the new Golf is, however, not the exception, but the rule: the base models consume as petrol versions (TSI) 4.9 l/100 km (equating to 115 g CO2 /km) and as diesels (TDI) just 3.8 l/100 km (99 g CO2 /km).

By showing the near-production concept of the next Golf BlueMotion, Volkswagen is also giving visitors an insight into some sophisticated and yet affordable fuel-saving technologies. The future Golf BlueMotion excels with impressive average fuel consumption of just 3.2 l/100 km, equating to a CO2 value of 85 g CO2/km. It launches as a full production model in the summer of 2013.

Proof that even sporty vehicles can be fuel-efficient is provided by the new Golf GTI concept car. At just 6.0 l/100 km the seventh generation of the sporty classic again sets a new record. The average fuel consumption of the 162 kW / 220 PS Golf GTI has been reduced in comparison to its predecessor by 1.3 litres or 18 per cent.


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      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought my MK6 GTI for the overall refinement and I think 200 hp is just fine for a 3100 lb hatchback, not to mention the available low end torque that makes it very usable. Why is everyone so obsessed with the hp number? More isn't always better, especially on FWD cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      robespierex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also noteworthy: mechanical limited slip differential and 10+ hp in "performance package".
      ilmhmtu
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually like these wheels better than the bubble ones on the current GTI.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice.
      KCyclone
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the HP increase is likely going to be fine. From what I've read the Golf is expected to lose up to 220lbs in certain configurations, so if the GTI loses that kind of weight the nearly 10% HP increase will be noticed. However, more telling is that I also read the torque is going from 208 to 258 ft-lbs in the GTI, which certainly will be felt around town.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KCyclone
        Those torque numbers were rumored along with the ~250 HP number. I'd wait and see what actually gets announced.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of the new styling. It's not bad, but as with all the new VWs, I feel the new styling language somehow makes them much more bland. The MkVI had a very understated and yet aggressive design. Although this should look more aggressive with all the shaper creases and angles and all, it somehow isn't. And the power is a little disappointing. Everybody (Ford, Mazda, Subaru, etc) is making at least around 250 or more these days in their hot hatches. This is definitely somewhat offset by that very nice weight reduction. Getting the hot hatches back under 3000 lbs is definitely something to applaud them for. But I just don't think it's enough to make up the rather substantial power gap to the Focus ST, much less the MS3. It's not going to be slow, but I wish it was at least around 250, which that engine is very easily capable of.
      jdeli01
      • 2 Years Ago
      Familiar yet better.
      detectivespyproducts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice.....
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice.
      MYUSUPRA
      • 2 Years Ago
      217HP? Really? Come on VW! You've been crushed by BMW, GM, Hyundai 2.0T engine making at least 40-60 more HP and regular unleaded in some to boot. Pathetic!
        fmwso
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MYUSUPRA
        While I agree with you, it will probably never happen, if they added more HP, it would threaten the Golf R or other cars. The GTI is a great car and so is the WRX. Different cars, different tastes.
        mks4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MYUSUPRA
        While I don't completely disagree, especially in the wake of rumors of 240, 250 hp, etc, I always want to ask people who aren't happy with the GTI's power level if they've ever driven one. The current model feels quick, especially on the highway, and is so smooth and refined. The argument that the GTI is more of a grown-ups car (read: easier to live with every day) versus a WRX, Focus ST, etc is real. It's like being in an Audi-lite and that fills a really nice niche.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mks4
          Easier to live with than a WRX day to day? I'd like to hear this argument. I've owned my fair share of Subarus and VW's (including WRX, STi, and GTi). Four doors, all wheel drive, and lots more power for less money...I'll take the WRX. I pay a small premium to fuel, but it's worth it for me. Love it or hate it, the WRX is the yard stick these days - not the GTi as once was true.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mks4
          he's too busy trolling
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MYUSUPRA
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          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          Holy crap. Did you actually just praise a Hyundai product???? Are you feeling okay? Maybe you should lie down and call a doctor....
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          Jim
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hyundai? Sports car? Pathetic comment.
        Kampfire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MYUSUPRA
        Right...but out of all those cars you listed, they all weigh more.
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many times are they going to recycle those wheels? More of the same.
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