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2008-09-25 12:45
This is what the next Golf GTI will look like. Ben

This is what the next Golf GTI will look like. Beneath the widebody styling expect a slightly sprightlier motor and a rather trick front electronic limited-slip differential.

Images of the Golf VI GTI have leaked and even in pixel form the latest incarnation of VW's seminal hot hatch appears worth of the GTI moniker.

Due to be unveiled at the Paris motor show next week, the teaser images showcase a car which has carried over an enviable amount of styling cues from the radical GTI W12 650 Concept. VW stunned loyal Golf GTI fans at their annual Wörthersee (Austria) pilgrimage last year with the radical rear-wheel drive, 447kW GTI W12 concept.

Though mechanically few details were expected to migrate to a production car, the styling cues which have found their way to the fluid, sixth generation GTI styling are heartening.

Widebody look

Witness the new front bumper featuring a one piece air intake and a set of oversized fog lights nearly running over onto the fender panels, echoing much of the widebody GTI appearance of the W12 650 show car.

Other styling changes include the twin exhaust set up housed around the diffuser whilst the popular current GTI spec wheels appear to be retained.

Action, traction, satisfaction

Performance wise the 2-litre TFSI engine found in the Edition 30 GTI has been given an environmentally friendly retuning and should power up to 158kW with a revised six-speed DSG gearbox driving the front wheels.

Dynamically the major development is a VW developed XDS electronic limited slip differential which should quell any possible torque steer waywardness.

Interior redesign seems minimal, apart from the retro tartan trim, which should appeal greatly to Scottish buyers and Mk1 GTI fans.


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