German-based and Porsche-owned auto maker, Volkswagen has released official details and images of the sixth generation Golf GTI. As standard, the high performance GTI features an exterior that is finished with a honeycomb radiator grille featuring the GTI logo, brake calipers that are painted in red and that hide behind 17-inch “Denver” alloy wheels wrapped with 225/45 R 17 tires, green tinted windows with a rear end that features chrome tailpipes that are nestled in the diffuser as well as smoked tail lamps. Outside mirror housings, door handles and the spoiler are also finished in body colour.
Apart from sport seats in front with GTI-typical “Jacky” fabric covers, the interior is treated to a leather gearshift grip with aluminum trim, “Black Stripe” trim inserts for instrument panel and door trims, decorative chrome bezels on instruments in instrument cluster and on air vents, 3-spoke leather sport steering wheel with GTI logo that is flatter at the bottom and a black head liner. Other features, among others include; glove box with cooling, foldable rear seats and front seat heating.
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Now for the interesting bits. The new Golf GTI has its front wheels driven by an EA888 16-valve 2.0 liter TSI powerplant with direct injection that is able to produce 207HP between 5,300 and 6,200 revs, with maximum torque that is rated at 280Nm between 1,700 and 5,200 revs. The new engine features new components such as modified pistons and piston rings, a regulated oil pump, a new vacuum pump, a new high-pressure fuel pump as well as a new mass airflow sensor. It also has a lower compression ratio of 9.6:1 compared to the previous model’s 10.5:1.
The powerplant can either be mated to a 6 speed manual, or a 6 speed dual clutch transmission (DSG). With the manual, 0 – 100 km/h sprint performance is figured at 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 240 km/h (at 5,900 revs), while with the DSG tranny, top speed is slightly lower at 238 km/h (at 5,920 revs) and acceleration performance equals the manual. Fuel consumption for the manual is rated at 7.3 liters fuel per 100 kilometers while with the twin clutch setup, it can deliver 100 kilometers with 7.4 liters.
Suspension wise, the new GTI is lower by 22 mm at the front while the rear sits 15 mm closer to the ground. To complement the up-rated engine, springs, dampers and rear stabilizers are completely re-tuned to offer better drivability. Up front, the GTI features strut-type suspension operates with helical springs and telescoping shock absorbers and down south features a multi-link suspension system. There is also an optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system, which enables to dampers work differently in different driving conditions. The driver can choose between three settings, including “Normal”, “Sport” and “Comfort”.
The new GTI also comes with XDS electronic transverse differential lock, which is basically an improved version of an electronic limited-slip differential (EDS) integrated in the ESP system. In fast curve driving, as soon as the electronics detects that the wheel at the inside of the curve on the GTI is insufficiently loaded, the ESP hydraulics specifically builds up braking pressure at this wheel to restore optimal traction. So XDS acts as a type of transverse differential lock that compensates for the understeering that is typical on front-wheel drive vehicles when driving fast through curves.
You can also go home with an array of other optional features such as 6 disk CD changer, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist park steering assistant including ParkPilot and Rear Assist rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring indicator, power sliding/vent glass sunroof and Xenon headlights with curve lighting and more. Safety wise, the new sixth generation Golf GTI comes with airbags for the driver and front passenger, with front passenger airbag deactivation and knee airbag on driver’s side, head airbag system for front and rear passengers, including side airbags in front and an ESP program with ABS, EDS and ASR as well as ISOFIX anchorage points.
Other key standard features include a dual-tone signal horn, “Climatronic” automatic climate control with 2-zone temperature control, multifunctional display “Plus”, “RCD 210″ radio with MP3 playback function including CD player, headlight cleaning system, electro-mechanical power steering with speed-dependent control as well as a dust and pollen filter with activated charcoal insert.