This was revealed today at the Paris Motor Show, where the car is being shown for the first time in production guise.
Insiders at the Volkswagen stand revealed that production of all right-hand-drive models would emanate from South Africa, as part of the recently-announced R25-billion export contract for the new Golf 5.
It will go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2005 but at this stage we will only get the five-door version according to VWSA spokesman Songezo Zibi.
Under the bonnet of VW's hottest new hatch is a 2-litre FSI turbo engine with a power output of 147 kW.
The big news is that VW is also planning a 117 kW diesel version of the GTI. However this model will only be launched in the second half of next year.
The production GTI is distinguished by its extremely strong grille treatment which includes honeycomb trimming.
Other sporty touches include three large air inlets in the front bumper and the car will have a deep black body kit with sill panels.
In contrast to the "normal" Golf, the rear end makes its mark characteristically as a GTI with a striking roof spoiler and chrome twin tail pipes. The GTI will also feature 18-inch wheels.