Volkswagen has confirmed prices and specifications for its new mk7 Golf GTI, which can be ordered in the UK now. In a first for the GTI, the model is available in two power levels from the factory: both models use a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 217bhp in the GTI and 227bhp in the GTI Performance. Both produce 257lb ft of torque and are available in either three-door or five-door form.
The base GTI starts at £25,845 - up only £195 from the previous mk6 Golf GTI - but most enthusiasts will want the GTI Performance. For a £980 premium, buyers will receive the extra power as well as a limited-slip differential and larger ventilated front and rear brake discs: 340mm front and 310mm rear (up from 312mm and 300mm respectively).
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The only visual difference between the two models is the ‘GTI’ logo on the brake calipers of the GTI Performance.
Standard equipment includes 18in ‘Austin’ alloys, bi-xenon headlights and a rear diffuser. Inside, the sports seats are trimmed in the GTI’s familiar tartan ‘Jacara’ cloth. Optional extras include a six-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox, Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), leather seats and 19in 'Santiago' wheels.