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Old 03-03-2013, 03:00 AM
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Volkswagen Golf (VII-5G) GTI 2013-

02.26.2013

VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS NEW GTI AT THE GENEVA AUTO SHOW

- Available with two levels of power for the first time: standard 220 horsepower or 230 hp with performance pack (European model)
- Offers 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to previous GTI
- On sale in Europe starting in May, 2013


Wolfsburg, Germany - Following tradition, Volkswagen will introduce the latest version of the Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time, the iconic hot hatch is available at launch with two power levels: 220 horsepower; or 230 hp with the optional performance pack.

The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine (TSI®) that makes 220 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Volkswagen is offering a factory-installed performance pack for the first time, which boosts power to 230 hp and adds bigger brakes and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential. Both versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system, fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014, and attain the same excellent DIN gas mileage figure of 39.2 mpg—which equates to 139 g/km of CO2—when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. This means that the new GTI offers an 18 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model. With the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 220- and 230-hp GTIs return 36.8 and 36.2 mpg respectively (equivalent to 148 and 150 g/km CO2).

The sporty nature of the Golf GTI is reflected in its red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome tailpipes, and a lowered sport suspension. The exterior of the compact hatchback also scores with 17-inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels and 225/45 tires, special side skirts, a rear diffuser, and smoked LED taillights with LED license-plate illumination.

Visually, the interior is highlighted by sport seats with the “Clark” tartan pattern, a black headliner, and red ambient lighting. The car also offers classic GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI shifter knob grip and instrument cluster, special trim inserts, and stainless-steel pedals and foot support.

Standard features include the progressive steering system; “Climatronic” automatic climate control; park assist; Volkswagen’s latest touchscreen infotainment system; and a winter pack that includes heatable front seats. Customers can choose from three body colors: “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”. In Germany, the car goes on sale in May with prices starting at 28,350 euros.

Overview

Market launch in Europe: May 2013.
Debut of first-generation Golf GTI: 1976.
Engine: Four-cylinder TSI (turbocharged direct-injection).
Layout: front, transverse.
Displacement: 1984 cc.
Bore and stroke: 82.5 x 92.8 mm.
Compression ratio: 9.8:1.
Power: 220 hp (162 kW) @ 4500 rpm; Performance Pack: 230 hp (169 kW).
Torque: 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) @ 1500 rpm.
Transmission/drive type: Manual six-speed; DSG six-speed dual-clutch; front-wheel drive.
Brakes (GTI): 12.3 x 1.0-in vented front discs, 11.8 x 0.5-in solid rear discs.
Brakes (Performance Pack): 13.4 x 1.2-in vented front and 12.2 x 0.9-in vented rear discs.
Fuel consumption/CO2 emissions (manual): 39.2 mpg; 139 g/km CO2.
Performance (manual): 0-62 mph in 6.5 sec: Max speed; 153 mph (230 hp: 6.4 sec; 155 mph).
Unladen weight: 2978 lb (base version)
(*preliminary data)
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:43 AM
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I hate to say it, but does 220bhp not seem like small amount of power? Its chief rivals have anywhere up to 280 odd.
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I hate to say it, but does 220bhp not seem like small amount of power? Its chief rivals have anywhere up to 280 odd.
It does. It sounds ridicolously underpowered. These days that's the amount of power superminis have.

Which is sad.
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Horsepower is overrated. What matters is how it drives and whether the feel of the chassis and fuel economy make for a good tradeoff. I do like the snowflake wheels, and I also like VW's refinement on the current styling.
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While the number seems lacking, the actual performance doesn't....at least not in most instrumented tests...

2013 Ford Focus ST vs. 2012 Volkswagen GTI - Comparison Test - Car and Driver

The MK6 GTI in that test is .1 sec slower to 60mph, .5 sec FASTER to 100mph, runs exact same 1/4 mile. And this is on a narrower all-season tires compare to ST's summer tire...ST has on paper 50+bhp and almost 70 lb-ft on the GTI....

I am quite interested in the MK7, considering they are supposed to add more performance oriented option in a electronically controlled front mechanical LSD, bigger brake package, and the car is going to be lighter than the car I have, with fully defeatable ESP. But there are also rumor of much cost cutting planned for US spec car, that might take out much of the added features to the new engine....
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Aha! That's what I was saying. Published specs only tell a small part of the story.
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I am quite interested in the MK7, considering they are supposed to add more performance oriented option in a electronically controlled front mechanical LSD, bigger brake package, and the car is going to be lighter than the car I have, with fully defeatable ESP. But there are also rumor of much cost cutting planned for US spec car, that might take out much of the added features to the new engine....
I read somewhere that the Performance Pack is an Euro-only affair, at least for the moment.
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Personally I could do without the extra power bits, but I really want LSD and the brake....
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From my experience with my MK6 so far, I'd buy another GTI....useful, comfy, fast enough, handles well....If the new one is as good and with better brakes and LSD...why not...
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