The all-new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hasn't even launched here in the United States, but over in Geneva, we're already getting our first glimpse at the hotter GTI hatchback. The fancy new Mk VII Golf is already off to a healthy start with positive reviews in Europe, and we have no doubt that this next GTI will work hard to regain its title as king of the hot hatches.

The big news for this generation of GTI is that for the first time ever, Volkswagen is actually offering two different power grades for the model, both relying on the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. Standard cars pack 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but an optional performance pack ups the horsepower number to 230. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes 6.5 seconds (6.4 with the performance pack) and top speed is quoted at 153 mph (or 155 with the performance kit). Volkswagen will continue to offer the GTI with both six-speed manual and dual-clutch transmissions.

On the visual front, the sub-3,000-pound GTI adds the usual bit of hot hatch aggression over the standard Golf, and those changes carry over to the interior with a flat-bottomed wheel and, of course, plaid seats. She's certainly a looker, and while some of us do find the new Golf's design to be a bit staid and evolutionary, the enhancements for the GTI indeed tug on our enthusiast heart strings.

European customers can purchase the 2014 GTI in May, and North American deliveries will likely start in about one year's time.

UPDATE: Official video featuring the GTI on the move in Las Vegas added below.


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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 percent 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)


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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      they forgot to mention the performance pack this time actually includes a mechanical LSD (limited slip differential)
      whatever
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone who doesn't prefer the brand would be hard pressed to tell the subtle differences between this and the current MK6 generation. It's a simple design that ages well. That said, bet it looks a hell of a lot better in person.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice.
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      hhhhmmm no mention that the GTD is coming to america?? http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/03/2014-volkswagen-golf-gtd-is-a-diesel-hot-hatch-headed-to-america.html
      Leviathan18
      • 1 Year Ago
      didnt the gti mk iv came with two power options 150 a 180 ?
        whatever
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Leviathan18
        Leviathan18 is referring to when the MKIV GTI was sold as both 1) a 1.8L turbo and 2) a 2.8L VR6. So, yes there were two power levels for that GTI, but they were different motors. Although the VR6 offered more power stock (at 174hp), ECU/exhaust/intake tune took the turbo into the low-200's. But, that's for the US...
        evilpaul2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Leviathan18
        They were different years, from 2000-2002 they used one turbo then 2003 on they got different one that had a bit more power.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      When VWs become reliable , let me know.
        pulls hair
        • 1 Year Ago
        @diffrunt
        Hey, fyi VW's are reliable.
          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pulls hair
          The oil change interval of GTI is supposed to be 10k miles if I remember right
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pulls hair
          As the good friend of someone who has owned a New Beetle and a MkVI GTI, they are in fact not very reliable at all. Both had lots of electrical issues. The Beetle went through 4 transmissions before she finally gave up on her "cute" little VW. The GTI went through 3 turbos and one fuel pump in 3 years and 55k miles. Maybe things have changed with this new generation, but modern VWs have proven themselves to be very unreliable in certain areas.
          mr.vw
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pulls hair
          3 turbos and a 1 fuel pump in 55k. it's sounds like she may not have been using high enough grade of fuel. Mid grade isn't enough high grade doesn't cut it. here in north america our fuel grade quality is crap compared to europe. So when these european cars come over - particularily the GTI. You gotta run the highest quality gas. That's been my experince - I'm on 23rd dub.
          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pulls hair
          VWs are stated to be reliable. Hilarity ensues.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pulls hair
          @mr.vw To the marginal defense of VW, she was always pushing service intervals back to the last possible moment with the GTI. She always ran synthetic oil in it, but she'd push it to 5000-9000 miles between changes. So she certainly wasn't helping the turbo seals survive. But still, they definitely have a problem if they're eating that many seals. I kept telling her to just go ahead and put an upgraded aftermarket turbo on it, but she got rid of the car before it ran out of warranty. It's a shame too, besides the small issues, it was a great little car, if not my cup of tea. VW just seems to be plauged by lots small issues that kind of ruin an otherwise great experience.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Call me a stick in the mud, but I'm glad the Mk7 isn't following all the current terrible design fads. I have no desire for porthole windows and body panels that look like a crumpled wad of paper.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not make the performance pack standard? 10hp, a limited slip and 2 extra mph top speed isn't enough to warrant a separate trim. Volkswagen needs to stop. Everything with them is about profit.
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not impressed
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vizcarmb
        And with that VW stared into the precipice. How could they of got it so wrong for vizcarmb?
      loopless
      • 1 Year Ago
      Read the **rave** reviews the regular Golf MK VII is getting in Europe - then just imagine how good the GTI will be. The GTI has never competed as the fastest 0-60 - its the complete package you can live with day-in day out.. The Focus ST can barely beat out the current GTI ( and weighs 200+lbs more). VW will raise the bar, again.
        kcroc10077
        • 1 Year Ago
        @loopless
        The wildcard is the new WRX. The interior should be much improved and I've heard the engine should be rated at 285-300 hp. I think we'll see it in NY.
          Mike Mosca
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kcroc10077
          subaru cannot undermine the sti, so i doubt 300 hp. and i havent seen any plans for them to raise the STI powertrain, any idea what the TQ is rated at? because that is what keeps wrx behind the speed 3
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never understood why everyone was so in love with this hatch until I drove it recently. Kept hearing about linear power delivery and the such and to dispel any of those hypes, I will say this: It is as good as the hype. At the same time, I wish they would give a little bit more of a power bump - mainly because this car can handle it off the line. I would love to drive a Gulietta to compare (That\'s THE Alfa to bring over).
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      this car is the poster child for incremental development. every generation is just a bit better than the last, and that's enough to keep it above the competition.
        Hank Mardukas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I think the 911 holds the crown for evolutionary refinement.
        Mazdaspeed6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        above the competition in what regard? The WRX, Mazdaspeed3 and Focus ST all offer significantly more performance than the GTI. It only has an inflated sense of "refinement" going for it, but for those who want performance, the golf is far from the best choice in the segment.
          ferps
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdaspeed6
          that "inflated sense of refinement" is what makes the GTI head-and-shoulders above its competition. Here in the real world, where people commute to work and take road trips in cars rather than live on a racetrack, the GTI is simply a much better car to live with.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdaspeed6
          Inflated sense of refinement? You mean refinement is not important? When you sit in a crappy interior it sucks. When the card still has a 5-speed that has bad shift quality it sucks. The ST is above the two other cars you mentionned in the handling department, interior quality and fun to drive from all the tests I have read. Hell, the GTI keeps winning the comparaison tests so unless you are better than ALL the magazine editors please stop talking out of you're a**. The ST is the only hot hatch that has beaten the GTI. And depending on where you live both cars are attractive. The WRX and MS3 are just dated products.
          as
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdaspeed6
          I've worked at a mazda dealership for 2 years and driven two generations of Mazdaspeed3, speed6, Mazda3, WRX, and MK6 GTIs a long time. There is a thing called sofistication and I found that in the GTI only. While I can't stop smiling sitting in a Mazdaspeed because of its sheer brutal power, it's very, very noisy and sounds exactly like a vaccum machine, driving on the interstate is tiring and the hard suspension wears on you. (really bad turning radius on speed6s) The WRX is stupid quick but man that mushy shifter is horrible, and the interior noise level is unbearable on highway, not to mention the lack of quality of the interior material. The GTI, is not the quickiest, (very easy to feel the difference) does not handle the best (I'd give that to mazda3), but the extremely nice fit and finish, the simply yet classic design made it a top choice. I didn't like the exterior of the MK6 so I bought a CC, but the MK7 GTI is a lot 'traditional', so it will be my next car.
          Mazdaspeed6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdaspeed6
          @ Quebec, I never said refinement isn't important. I said the GTI has an inflated sense of it. Get your head out of the GTI's butt. When you buy a car, go out and drive it's key competitors rather than listening to some bias journalist. My car finished midpack in a C&D comparo before I bought it, but after driving all the competitors, it was the best choice for me BY FAR. @Ferps You don't have to be on a track to enjoy a car's performance. I enjoy mine every time I drive it. The GTI is no easier to live with than anything else I mentioned. And the repairs it will require will likely not be easy to live with (I say that after driving a passat turbo in high school). @MHong You should add something useful to the conversation whether than making trivial corrections. I know the difference between your and you're. I'm a mechanical engineer if that says anything about your attack on my intelligence.
          Mazdaspeed6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdaspeed6
          @ as, maybe its because i'm young and have a good back, but I don't find my car's ride that firm and I have 19 inch wheels. Its very comfortable over the highway actually with few motions. Under rough pavement, thats a different story. The turning radius is small enough where I can complete maneuvers without reversing. I also have a cold air intake which has altered the sound for the better. Noise levels inside are low enough to have quiet conversation at 80mph. Lets talk about the positives. AWD, TURBO, 6-SPD Manual, Xenons, Nav, Heated Seats.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mazdaspeed6
          @Mazdaspeed6 Sorry for a** comment, I was pissed at work. I should not have said that.
        Monthra 77
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Actually it's far below the competition. The Focus ST, Mazdaspeed 3, The WRX and the Lancer Ralliart offer a lot more bang for your buck. That coupled with that great reliability that Volkswagen is known for. (I think that possibly the only car that will spend more time in the shop than the V-Dub is the Lancer.) VW is not really a player in the hot hatch game. Sad though seeing as they invented the thing.
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