The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is going to be stocked with important new production models and sexy concept cars, but hot hatch enthusiasts will undoubtedly see it as the coming out party of the MkVII Volkswagen GTI. And while we've only got European specifications and pricing to go on for now, we can tell from the get-go that the new GTI will be a proper heir to VW's hot hatch legacy.

This seventh-generation GTI is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in base form. For the first time ever, Volkswagen is also offering a performance pack for the GTI as well, which ups the horsepower to 230 (torque remains unchanged). With a slightly lower curb weight to push around – the new base car weighs 2,978 pounds versus 3,034 for the current three-door GTI – 0-62 miles per hour is now achieved in 6.5 seconds, and top speed is 153 mph. (Cars with the performance pack offer 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds, and a 155-mph top speed.) Buyers may choose between a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG unit.

Visually, the new GTI has obviously adopted the slant-nosed looks of the MkVII Golf, though with plenty of added drama. The exterior is dominated by the 17-inch "Brooklyn" wheels wearing 225-section rubber, and the aggressive front fascia gets black honeycombed inserts in the upper and lower grille sections. At launch, Volkswagen will offer the GTI in three colors: the Pure White seen here, Tornado Red and Black. Tartan patterned seats are of course still an option for the interior, while the GTI-specific steering wheel and shift knob are standard.

The new car is set to go on sale in Europe in May of this year, with an asking price of 28,350 euros to start. North American timing and pricing are still up in the air, however. There's a bit more information about the 2014 Volkswagen GTI in the press release below for your perusal. Expect plenty more in the way of information and images when we see the car live at Geneva, too.
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VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS NEW GTI AT THE GENEVA AUTO SHOW

- Available with two levels of power for the first time: standard 220 horsepower or 230 hp with performance pack (European model)

- Offers 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to previous GTI

- On sale in Europe starting in May, 2013

Wolfsburg, 27th February 2013 – Following tradition, Volkswagen will introduce the latest version of the Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time, the iconic hot hatch is available at launch with two power levels: 220 horsepower; or 230 hp with the optional performance pack.

The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine (TSI®) that makes 220 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Volkswagen is offering a factory- installed performance pack for the first time, which boosts power to 230 hp. Both versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system, fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014, and attain the same excellent DIN gas mileage figure of 39.2 mpg-which equates to 139 g/km of CO2-when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. This means that the new GTI offers an 18 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model. With the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 220- and 230-hp GTIs return 36.8 and 36.2 mpg respectively (equivalent to 148 and 150 g/km CO2).

The sporty nature of the Golf GTI is reflected in its red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome tailpipes, and a lowered sport suspension. The exterior of the compact hatchback also scores with 17-inch "Brooklyn" GTI wheels and 225/45 tires, special side skirts, a rear diffuser, and smoked LED taillights with LED license-plate illumination.

´┐╝Visually, the interior is highlighted by sport seats with the "Clark" tartan pattern, a black headliner, and red ambient lighting. The car also offers classic GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI shifter knob grip and instrument cluster, special trim inserts, and stainless- steel pedals and foot support.

Standard features include the progressive steering system; "Climatronic" automatic climate control; park assist; Volkswagen's latest touchscreen infotainment system; and a winter pack that includes heatable front seats. Customers can choose from three body colors: "Tornado Red", "Black" and "Pure White". In Germany, the car goes on sale in May with prices starting at 28,350 euros.

Overview.

Market launch in Europe: May 2013.
Debut of first-generation Golf GTI: 1976.
Engine: Four-cylinder TSI (turbocharged direct-injection).
Layout: front, transverse.
Displacement: 1984 cc.
Bore and stroke: 82.5 x 92.8 mm.
Compression ratio: 9.8:1.
Power: 220 hp (162 kW) @ 4500 rpm; Performance pack: 230 hp (169 kW).
Torque: 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) @ 2500 rpm.
Transmission/drive type: Manual six-speed; DSG six-speed dual-clutch; front-wheel drive. Fuel consumption/CO2 emissions (manual): 39.2 mpg; 139 g/km CO2.
Performance (manual): 0-62 mph in 6.5 sec: Max speed; 153 mph (230 hp: 6.4 sec; 155 mph). Unladen weight: 2978 lb (base version)
(*preliminary data)

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.


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      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      >control+F limited slip differential >no results I seem to recall hearing something about a REAL LSD for the MkVII.
      MikeWills
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it. I hope they add a dark grey color option to the mix. I'm okay with black but I'd prefer something a little lighter.
      CJD
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's hard to judge from pictures. On the road, I think it'll look very nice. My only criticism is the body color lower front fascia. Just because enthusiasts are painting that bumper section body color doesn't mean it's a good idea. For those that want a more aggressively styled GTI ... you've obviously never owned one. The conservative design yet wild driving characteristics are what make the GTI different. If every car were a "wild whip" we'd all be driving the FocusST or the MazdaSpeed3. I wish only for GTI evolution ... not revolution.
      Adam Black
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey dum-dums... you're comparing Curb Weight to Unladen EU Weight. Unladen EU Weight includes a 68kg driver and 7kg of cargo. Subtract those and top-off the gas and you're looking at a car that weights approximately 2820 lbs. Or 200 lbs less than the Mk6.
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      The design, or rather just the shape, of this car is naive and simplistic. Seats fabric pattern is ridiculous. Horsepower, for a hot hatch, is a joke. Price is inflated. The car's chassis 'sportiness', if previous generations are a clue, will be in line with a standard Focus or Mazda 3 only without comfort. Seriously, a Europen driver will be better served with Astra OPC, hot Focus or the Mazda 3 MPS, unless they aim for bland, underpowered and harsh Golf. Point in a case - according to AutoBild and AutoTip, new Toyota Auris drives better than the new Golf. If you want a hot hatch, look away from Wolfsburg.
        cds9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        As someone who actually owns a mkVI GTI, (or any car for that matter--I suspect half the posters on AB aren't even licensed) the car is vastly superior to its competition in terms of interior quality and sophistication. There are "hotter" hatches, but the GTI is a car for grown-ups. The only impression a Focus is going to make on your CEO boss is that you're immature. Raw performance isn't everything. And the seats are awesome. I chose them over the leather. Now, feel free to tell me how wrong I am and that I shouldn't be pleased with my car, and that I should've bought a blah blah blah blah....words, noise.
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cds9000
          you buy a car to impress people???? you need serious mental help
        JB Kolod
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        I can't believe how stupid myself is.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @JB Kolod
          all trolls are stupid attention ******
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        does that hurt?
      • 1 Year Ago
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        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh, I get it. They would look better if they looked like crossovers....
      Jim B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful car, but slower than a V6 Camry SE... Can't we get a lil more juice out of it from Wolfsburg ??
        Kristen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim B
        I clicked the thumbs up icon, but it rated you down? wtf? This thing is broke again!
          Kristen
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kristen
          The system is buggy...just like your Anglais. =)
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      on a limb here, but along with the 911, the golf has to be one of the best overall stylitic designs ever...bar none, absolutely TIMELESS! Looks fantastic...Type your comment here
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Pretty boring design
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I dont think so, pure lines, nothings overdone, pretty classy, and probably the main reason the basis of the overall shape ahas aged this well....cant think of too many cars that will age this well....and STILL look good...
      spies.1
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL in typical German style it will start falling apart at 3,000 miles.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spies.1
        i really wonder which american car manufacturer put this BS in american minds?! in europe german cars are among the most reliable
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          i didn't say japanese aren't leading in reliability, did i?! still reliability issues with german cars aren't nearly as big as people, especially on american sites like this, try to make it. i blame strereotypes and some problems in the past for that. and ego problems! no...i actually know it must be latter everytime i read someone going on about toyota's self acceleration problems with the prius. stuff like this is like a drug for the idiot's minds and hard to overcome.
          Joe Liebig
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          There is a problem with the dealerships in the US. Merc's dealers are usually quite competent, but Audi/VW dealers don't know sh*** and I doubt they execute the service inspection careful enough. Moreover, the US driver does not check oil, tire pressure and those things regularly. Without TLC and proper service, problems start.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          [blocked]
          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          "german cars are among the most reliable"? certainly not true in US by various surveys and even not true in EU: http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/what-car-reliability-survey-2012/263555 Whatcar uses warranty data, which is more objective than owner feedback in US surveys.
          spies.1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          LOL @ Eurotrash Lachmund how about AMERICAN Honda, the number one reliable cars in the world. Your German jalopies have nothing on Honda.
          Sasha
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          I'm American. My parents have had 3 VWs. They were all crap, they have sworn to never touch German again. My dad had a W123 Merc turbo-diesel merc that was awesome and he misses, and a E28 that was pretty cool but horrendous to keep running. The VWs, however, were really just wretched. All sorts of little (and big) things going wrong, huge repair bills. He now drives a Prius, she a Hyundai.
        Raymond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spies.1
        i have owned over 30 car because my brother is a used car dealer. Trust me they are not great at dependability and cost a fortune for no reason for repairs.
          SA
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Raymond
          that's just wrong. I'm so sick of hearing these "cookie cutter" arguments made by people who don't know what they're doing maintenance and reliability are very different Euro/German cars require more maintenance, but are every bit as reliable as other cars........and are better in every subjective way (fit & finish, steering & suspension feel, style, etc.) It requires more work and effort, but if you call yourself an "auto enthusiast" and are unwilling to change some spark plugs and oil, you are a fool because you miss out on the best machines on the planet ***I currently own an amazingly brilliant MK IV R32, it takes more work than my friends' S2000 and STi but is sooooooo much better in every way despite that fact that it's almost 10 yrs old
          Taint
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Raymond
          I was with you until you said better than the s2000. Too nose heavy for that.
        ezbakelovin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spies.1
        Huh? I own a 2012 GTI Autobahn Edition, 23k later and its ticking along without issues. VW even has a kickass warranty! Free servicing, roadside assitance, etc...I've never known a German car to be any where in the same ball park as other manufacturers. The Germans are in a league of their own, this coming from an American thats owned nothing but trucks...I love my GTI and actively looking for a Golf R.
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see the Euro cars still have the plaid seats. Long time since I see plaid Seats. Thinking maybe a AMC pacer or something like that.
      MZDASPEED
      • 1 Year Ago
      super disapointing, I really wanted to see that 200lb weight loss. HP is low compared to MS3 and Focus ST too.
        Joe Liebig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MZDASPEED
        Torque! And driving pleasure. On a handling course, a GTI beats a much stronger WRX (not STI). So stop looking at HP only. That is like saying "oh, my old Intel Pentium IV had 4Ghz, so it must be faster than the new i7".
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          In what world does the GTI lap faster than a WRX? None. Car and Driver's Lightning Lap @ VIR is a great indication of this, on a world class road course. The WRX is faster than the MKV and MKVI.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Sound too much like Sheldon. I must stop watching that damn TV show!
      paulr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Definitely a simple, classy design. To those complaining about horsepower, it's not about that. It's practical and comfortable unlike the competition, and the turbocharged engine is plenty tunable in the aftermarket too! Hopefully VW doesn't charge an arm and a leg and I'll definitely replace my MKV GTI with this bad boy.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulr
        If its not about horsepower whats the point of a hot hatch in the first place? My MS3 is very comfortable and I typically drive 1-5hrs every day. I also find the ST to be very comfortable and my wife currently drives a standard focus. My MS3 has fit everything we have ever asked it to. Same with the Focus which has hauled over 900lbs worth of top soil bags and many loads of lumber (albeit with the hatch up). The only differentiating factors are which interior you like best and which performs better. So far my MS3 with just an intake, downpipe, tuner and fuel pump internals is putting down right at 300hp to the tire and with an e85 tune I will be making around 330hp. On top of that, even with the tech package I was under $25k after taxes. Heck of a deal if you ask me.
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