[UPDATE: The production version of the Vw Golf 7 GTI was officially unveiled today, read all about it here!] - After few leaked photos, Volkswagen officially revealed today the Golf 7 GTI Concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Set to go on sale in early 2013, the new Golf GTI is powered by an advanced engine from the existing EA888 series: a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine delivering 220 PS (10 PS more than the current Golf GTI).
As we told you, the new Golf GTI will offer a performance pack which will boost its power to 230 PS. Delivering 220 PS and an impressive 350 Nm of torque (same as the previous Golf R), the new Golf 7 GTI hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of 153 mph or 246 km/h.
With the performance pack, the Golf 7 GTI hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed or 155 mph or 250 km/h. The performance pack not only adds 10 PS, bu talso new brake discs plus a front axle differential lock, which reduces power-related understeer.
Surprisingly, the new GTI equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox has a fuel consumption of 47.1 mpg (an 18 per cent improvement over the Mk VI), with carbon dioxide emissions of 140 g/km.
A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option for both power levels. In terms of design, we find red brake calipers, honeycomb grille with double red stripe detail, smoked LED rear lights and LED licence plate illumination but also 80 mm diameter tailpipes.
The interior features tartan sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, GTI golf ball gear knob and GTI-specific red ambience lighting. Check out the production version of Vw Golf 7 GTi here]