Prices for Volkswagen’s Golf Mk7 GTI have recently been released. The order books are now open for the latest GTI, which is available with two power outputs – the first time ever for the GTI model. The standard Golf GTI is priced at £25,845, making it only £195 more expensive than the outgoing Golf Mk6 GTI.
Powering the GTI is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an output of 217bhp and 258lb ft of torque, enabling the vehicle to reach a top speed of 152mph and a sprint time of 6.5 sec to go from zero to 62mph. Making the vehicle more impressive are its fuel economy rating of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km, when it comes with the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
The GTI Performance model is priced £980 higher than the regular car. Its output was increased to 227bhp and it has bigger brakes and a limited-slip differential. Meanwhile, the GTI Performance’s 0-62mph acceleration time is lower by a tenth compared to the GTI's time. Its top speed has also improved to 155mph.
No changes were noted for the GTI Performance’s fuel economy and emissions. In addition, Volkswagen revealed that the latest Golf GTI is positioned in insurance group 29E, five groups lower than the outgoing car. The two GTIs are equipped with a set of 18in 'Austin' alloy wheels, tartan 'Jacara' upholstery and twin exhausts with a rear diffuser. A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option.
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is derived from the carmaker’s new modular transverse matrix (MQB) that allows for a completely new design layout of the vehicles underpinned by this platform. Group designers welcome this new layout as this allows them to implement new vehicle proportions -- just like what they have done on the seventh generation of the Golf GTI.
Dimension-wise, the new Golf GTI is around 55 mm longer (at 4,268 mm), 13 mm wider (at 1,799 mm) and 27 mm lower (at 1,442 mm), allowing it to feature dynamic proportions.
Riding on a wheelbase that has been extended by 53 mm to 2,631 mm, the new Golf GTI features a shorter front overhang (minus 12 mm). Its A-pillar has been moved towards the rear, making the bonnet longer while visually shifting its entire cabin rearwards to exude a premium class car feel. Overall, these proportions allowed designers to lend the Golf GTI with a more impressive and aggressive on-the-road stance.
As expected, the seventh generation Golf GTI bears the GTI insignia that now features a red trim strip on the radiator grille that extends into the headlights. The new Golf GTI also features extra air inlet openings in the front spoiler as well as a honeycomb structure of the air inlet screens.
It is also fitted with xenon headlights with distinct light signature, vertical fog lights, and a larger rear spoiler. Its exhaust system features large tailpipes arranged far outboard. The new Golf GTI rides on standard 17-inch alloy "Brooklyn” type wheels that are complemented by the GTI sport suspension that lowers the car’s ride height by 15 mm.
The first generation Golf GTI features a red line that surrounded the rectangular radiator grille. On the sixth generation, two red stripes framed the top and bottom of the grille.
For the seventh generation of the Golf GTI, a red line ends on the lower edge of the radiator grille, and then extends to the left and right into the housings of the car’s bi-xenon headlights.
This means that the red line flows across the entire width of the GTI’s front end, serving as a horizontal element running parallel to the bonnet seam and the car’s bumper. Customers may also avail of the optional LED fog lights on the front end of the GTI.