Revealed: SA's next Golf GTI
GTI HOT HATCH HEADED TO SA: The two-door version of the Golf GTI won't reach us but SA will get the four-door later in 2013.
In February 2013 Volkswagen's seventh generation Golf arrived in South Africa. Apart from grumblings about the price, hot-hatch enthusiasts were left asking: "So where's the GTI?"
VW has lifted the covers off its next hot hatch ahead of its official reveal at the March 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time the GTI will be offered in two variants - 162kW base and Performance 169kW version.
The performance GTI has larger brake discs and a mechanical front limited-slip differential. The new model sees a marginal increase in power over the Golf 6 GTI (155kW) and both versions have a maximum torque output of 350Nm, an increase of 70Nm.
BASE MODEL FOR SA
Only the 162kW base model will be offered in SA later in 2013.
The standard GTI accelerates to 100km/h in 6.5sec and can reach 246km/h. The GTI Performance reaches a top speed of 250km/h and gets to 100 a tenth quicker.
Both versions have a six-speed manual transmission; stop/start is also standard and helps towards the fuel-consumption rating of six litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. So, the Golf 7 GTI offers an 18% reduction in fuel economy over to the previous model.
Selecting the six-speed DSG gearbox changes consumpton to 6.4/6.5litres/100km respectively.
The new GTI stays true to the concept model shown in 2012 with its traditional red brake callipers, twin chromed tail pipes and sport suspension. The car rides on 225/45 tyres with 17" rims and added decoration includes special sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights that include LED licence-plate illumination.
The sports seats are tartan-clad below black rooflining and red ambience lighting. The GTI has a special sport steering wheel, GTI gearshift grip and instrument cluster with special trim strips, and stainless-steel pedals.
Prices in Germany will start at €28 350 (R328 000) but we’ll have to wait until the local launch for the official South African prices.