Volkswagenâ€™s hotly-anticipated new Golf GTI will be presented to the world at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
The GTI, which was shown in concept form at the 2012 Paris motor show, will for the first time be available in two power levels.
The new GTI is powered by the carmakerâ€™s familiar TSI turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine producing 162kW in the standard version and 169kW in the GTI Performance version with front differential lock. Both versions develop peak torque of 350Nm.
While the standard car hits a top speed of 246kph and sprints from 0 â€“ 100kph in 6.5 seconds, the GTI Performance completes the acceleration standard in 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h.
Both cars are come standard with a six-speed manual transmission (six-speed DSG is optional) and both are equipped with standard stop-start technology to further assist reductions in emissions and improve fuel economy. According to VW, the cars consume up to 6.5 litres/100km of fuel and emit between 148 and 150g/km of CO2 emissions.
As per usual, highlights on this Golf GTI will include its sports suspension, red brake callipers, twin chrome tailpipes and a new design for the 17-inch wheels. Interior details are tartan patterned sport seats, a black roofliner and red ambience lighting, sport steering wheel and GTI-specific gear shift and instrument cluster.
The new Golf GTI goes on sale in European markets in May 2013. The standard 162kW version in the five-door hatchback style will be available in South Africa ‘early in the third quarter’. The GTI Performance is not planned for local introduction.Â