HOT NEW GTI HEADED FOR SA: It’s a pity the Performance edition won’t make it to our shores but in its basic form, the new GTI could give Ford’s Focus ST pause for concern. Image: Volkswagen
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will arrive on our shores on Thursday, June 11 2013. Wheels24 editor LES STEPHENSON will attend the launch, so check back with us for our full report and driving impressions.
Ahead of the official launch, we thought we’d get petrol heads salivating with key details on the upcoming hot hatch.
model is powered by a 2.0 turbocharged engine delivering 162kW/350Nm.
The turbocharged engine is created from the third generation of VW’s
EA888 engine series.
Wheels24 reader MARCEL WELMAN wrote to us to tell us why he "is in no rush to sell his MK VI GTI." Since then we've received dozens of responses.Email us your thoughts on VW's next Golf GTI and we'll publish your views on Wheels24.
Wheels24 reader IVAN VAN DER MERWE is disappointed with new model's performance:
"I love the styling but the engine is disappointing. Since the MK5, it only went up 15kW, apart from the GTi 35 and Golf R of course.
When confronting VW, they say we have to take the condition of the road into consideration. Are you kidding me?
I must pay almost half a million Rand for a car that is under-performing due to the condition of our national roads.
Despite all this, it will end up on top somehow."