Updated: VW Golf GTI revealed at the Paris motor show

Volkswagen has revealed the next-generation Mk7 Golf GTI.

> More Paris motor show news here

Volkswagen’s new Golf GTI has been shown for the first time at the Paris motor show. The new GTI, based on the same MQB platform as the Audi A3, will be offered with the option of two power outputs: the standard 217bhp and an upgraded 227bhp.

The extra 10bhp is courtesy of a new Performance Pack. It’s not just a re-map though, the upgrade also includes larger front brake discs, and a form of limited slip differential up front – said to reduce understeer. evo has been told that the difference between a stadnard car and one fitted with the Performance Pack is around 12 seconds at the Nurburging Nordschliefe, and also that UK buyers will probably only have to find about £900 extra for it. As such, it looks set to become a popular option.

New for this generation of GTI is a variable ratio steering system, which firms up at higher speeds, allowing for more direct steering that is easier to live with at parking speeds. The variable ratio should compensate for the inherent twitchy nature of quick steering racks at higher speeds.

Styling is evolutionary, and the new-look car features many of the trademark GTI features. The new model is set to go on sale in 2013 along side the standard car.

One bit of surprising news is the fact that the forthcoming Golf R isn't confirmed for the UK yet. Apparently we didn't like the last one enough, and VW is considering whether it's worth creating a right-hand drive version.

> More Paris motor show news here

Recommended

Volkswagen Golf GTE HyRACER concept revealed
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf GTE HyRACER concept revealed

The annual Volkswagen Wörthersee concept has been uncovered, this time applying tweaks to the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE
24 Aug 2020
Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI 2020 review – an encouraging base for the next GTI
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI 2020 review – an encouraging base for the next GTI

Neat-handling Mk8 Volkswagen Golf promises good things from the upcoming GTI
10 Jun 2020
New 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 pricing and specs revealed
Volkswagen Golf hatchback

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 pricing and specs revealed

After 35 million units there’s a new Volkswagen Golf, only this time under an increasingly large shadow
6 Mar 2020

Most Popular

Next Ferrari hypercar spied in development
2021 Ferrari hybrid hypercar prototype - front quarter
Ferrari

Next Ferrari hypercar spied in development

Ferrari’s next ground-breaking hypercar is on its way
3 Mar 2021
Mazda e-Skyactiv X engine revealed – clever compression ignition petrol updated
Mazda 3
Mazda

Mazda e-Skyactiv X engine revealed – clever compression ignition petrol updated

More power, lower emissions and improvised drivability promised for Mazda’s clever petrol engine
1 Mar 2021
Audi RS e-tron GT 2021 review – how does Audi’s take on a Porsche Taycan rival stack up
etron GT header
Audi

Audi RS e-tron GT 2021 review – how does Audi’s take on a Porsche Taycan rival stack up

Range-topping Audi RS e-tron GT benefits from Porsche Taycan DNA to be a superb grand tourer
2 Mar 2021