Volkswagen has set about consolidating their Golf range by introducing new GT badged performance variants in both TDI and TSI guises.
The new Golf GT Sport gets a new front end with smoked headlamp clusters, GTI- and R32-like grille treatment and fog lamps. It also has tinted windows and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Leather dominates the inside of the car. A leather-trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake are used with front sport seats. Luxury items include light sensing head lights and rain sensing windscreen wipers, Climatic automatic air conditioning, eight-speaker audio system and electric windows.
Six airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are some of the safety items on board.
Two engines - the 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI - will be made available with six-speed manual or DSG transmissions. Both the petrol 1.4-litre and diesel 2.0-litre engines will be offered in two states of tune, producing either 104- or 127 kW.
The 1.4 TSI uses both a turbo- and a supercharger to produce very impressive power figures despite its modest capacity while retaining impressive economy.
In Europe, it is available in both three- and five-door body styles. The twin-turbocharged 1.4 TSI has chrome exhaust tips on its tailpipes.
VWSA has confirmed that there are no plans to introduce the GT Sport in South Africa, as yet.