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We’ve all seen pictures of the new sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, but literally just hours ago our European spy photographers captured the first pictures of what appears to be the next GTI.

The new Golf GTI is based on Volkswagen’s all new Golf/Rabbit lineup. Initially we were stumped as to whether this was an R32, R36 or GTI.

Spied: 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Given the dual exhausts, it would make sense for this to be the R32, however based on the timing and physical evidence – we concluded this prototype is more likely to be the upcoming GTI.

Spied: 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Sources are saying that the new GTI will be powered by a 157kW, 2-litre turbo.

Spied: 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The GTI will debut this fall as a “concept” at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale shortly afterwards in Europe, although we’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

Spied: 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI

We’ve all agreed the new Golf looks the business, and could potentially be the best looking People’s Car to date.

2009 Volkswagen Golf MkVI

We would like to know what you think of the new GTI? Does the car still have its original appeal or has the market caught up with the likes of the Volvo C30 T5 and the Focus XR5 providing reasonable competition?

Volkswagen will be launching the all-new Golf in Iceland shortly.




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