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2013-07-01 14:25

NEXT VW HOT HATCH FOR SA: Volkswagen nest GTI will arrive later this week. Check back with Wheels24 for our full launch report!Image: VW


Hot off the SA launch of its seventh generation Golf, Volkswagen has lifted the covers off its next GTI ahead of the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. SA hot hatch fans rejoice - the new GTI will arrive in SA later this year!

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.

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Ahead of the official launch, we thought we’d get petrol heads salivating with key details on the upcoming hot hatch.


The 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 says he is in no rush to sell his MK VI GTI:

“So disappointing, yet again it’s the slowest hot hatch around. The GTI will not compete with the current hot hatches in its segment...

VW can only talk about the 'total package' for so long. People like me that purchase this type of car, want performance with a good overall package.

First and foremost, lest we forget, it’s supposed to be a hot hatch. The GTI’s styling is also becoming too homogenous (e.g VW Polo) and not aspirational enough for me.

I'm not going rush to sell my MK VI GTI based on what I’ve seen, especially since I have a Revo chip installed.”

Email us your thoughts on VW's next Golf GTI and we'll publish your views on Wheels24.

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