The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be available from next year with an optional power boost package in what will be a first for the iconic German hot-hatch.

Revealed in near-production-ready concept form at the 2012 Paris motor show, the seventh-generation Golf GTI will launch early next year in both standard and ‘Performance’ tunes.

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by an uprated version of the existing EA888-series 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine.

The standard tune produces 162kW of power and 350Nm of torque – an increase of 7kW and a massive 70Nm over the Mk6 GTI.

The GTI’s new peak torque figure now matches the output of the outgoing European-spec Golf R, and exceeds the 330Nm generated by the ‘hot-climate’ version delivered to Australia.

The optional GTI Performance pack variant adds an extra 7kW for a peak output of 169kW. Performance pack models also score larger brakes and a front axle differential lock designed to reduce power-related understeer.

The added poke cuts one-tenth off the standard GTI’s 0-100km/h sprint (6.5 seconds versus 6.6secs) and adds 3km/h to its top speed (249km/h versus 246km/h). The Golf GTI Mk6 took 6.9 seconds to reach triple figures and ran out of puff at 240km/h.

Despite the performance hikes, the installation of a stop-start system and a series of other efficiency enhancing measures (weight savings, aero improvements, etc.) sees the Golf GTI’s combined cycle fuel consumption fall 18 per cent to 6.0 litres per 100km – astonishing, a level that betters the most frugal petrol model in the current Golf line-up, the 77TSI at 6.1L/100km.

Like the current model, a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission will be available as an option to the standard six-speed manual gearbox.

Also new to the Volkswagen Golf GTI line-up is the brand’s progressive steering system, which is intended to reduce the degree the driver is required to turn the wheel by varying the steering system’s ratio – lightening up when parking and performing low-speed manoeuvres, and becoming tighter and more direct for spirited drives on twisting roads.

Naturally, the 2013 Golf GTI benefits from all the technological advances of the regular Golf hatchback range, including the innovative multi-collision brake system and new infotainment systems.

Distinguishing the Golf GTI from the basic range is a set of red brake calipers, honeycomb grille with red double stripe detail, polished blade-style 17-inch ‘Brooklyn’ alloy wheels, tinted LED tail-lights and twin chrome 80mm tailpipes.

Signature GTI elements can be found inside too with tartan seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, golf ball manual gear knob and red ambient lighting all making an appearance.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI launches in Europe in early 2013 and the right-hand drive UK market by the middle of the year.

The standard Golf range arrives in Australia in the second quarter of 2013, with the GTI set to join he line-up in the second half of the year.

  • Legnab

    It just gets better by the hour , so much new tech , less weight , magic fuel consumption , great looks , another winner .

    • Zaccy16

      Yeah the fuel consumption is amazing! on 6 litres per 100 km for a car that can go to 100 in 6 and a half seconds!

      • Justincrdable

        jhufdbgsjkjghdkfhj… Sorry, I fell asleep on the keyboard after looking at the picture. 

        • Golfschwein

          Exactly as you did yesterday whilst checking out the other GTI story, yeah? I’m calling it a secret passion. For my own part, if something bores me, I don’t read about it.

          • JamesB

            Let’s not get carried away with the economy; the MK6’s real-world consumption is just about the same as the Mazda3 MPS and Impreza WRX.

          • Golfschwein

            People talk about real world economy as though the official figures can’t be achieved. Curiously, nought to hundred times aren’t questioned.

            I’m quite happy to confuse real world with official figures. I achieved a long term 5.2 l/100km trip computer average in my diesel Golf, and 11.2l/100km on the trip computer against an official 11.5 in the Falcon I currently own. The previous owner’s average was 16. He’s an older driver and I live in the city. It comes down to driving style. Stay off the brakes, use the cruise, read the conditions and use the momentum and you, too, can achieve the official figures. 

            If you want to.

  • Sam Moss

    Looking good, and I am in love with that new interior! I wonder what the delivery times will be like when it hits Australian showrooms.. 

    • Yetiman

      12 months.

  • Golfschwein

    Love it! And that’s amazing economy.

    • Zaccy16

      Yeah it looks great! can’t wait for the r version though!

  • JooberJCW

    the increase in power part of the power pack is a joke, but good to have the brakes and the dif lock,  should have the option to forgo the power increase and just go for the dynamic / handling bits for less $$$

    That quoted fuel consumption is ridiculously good, 

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Dam, should have waited (and saved) to buy this with that fuel efficiency. Here’s some trivia, in January this year the Golf was the first imported car to enter the 25 most popular cars in Japan.

  • AvidF1fan

    i wonder how much more power could tuning companies squeeze outta there..

  • davie

    amazing fuel economy!.

    How do VW and BMW get such good economy from their 2 litre turbo petrol engines?  they are (on paper at least) more fuel efficient than most NA 2 litre cars.

  • qikturbo

    I can’t believe that they increased the torque,which is a good move because the 280nm was paltry.I’m still not convinced with the styling,maybe it will look better in the flesh.

  • JamesB

    If it does achieve its claimed consumption this time around, the atrocious service costs would very well offset the savings at the pump.

  • Jerry

    There are still echoes of a mid 2000’s holden barina in the Golf design. I still don’t know why VW’s get such a free ride in the motoring media especially in regards to their interior. Solid, teutonic and functional yes, but beautiful? definitely not. An Alfa Gulietta, Volvo V40 or BMW 1 series have much nicer interiors but get picked apart from moto journos in comparrisons to the golf.

  • Rice_eta

    My mind was set on a 2013 Focus ST, but after seeing pics of this new GTI I’m not so sure.. 

  • Robert

    The reason I am looking up and reading this article is because I just saw one on the Monash Hwy (Melbourne), not sure how as it hasn’t been released here, was looking for a hot hatch tobuy, and on the road it looks amazing. Has big guards at the rear that the lights sit over, difficult to describe, looks similar to the new Megane Hatch.

  • Sparky

    More like it comes with DSG as standard, with the option of a manual. And as VW OZ won’t bring any manuals out in the first shipment. They will as usual be hard sell on the DSG. “You won’t want the manual once you’ve tried the DSG” Believe it or not VW, some of us have driven the DSG and do prefer the manual.
    I want one now, in red, with the manual and the power pack please.

  • Will86_

    Nice but will wait for the R model.

  • Will86_

    Sure it wasn’t a sirocco?

  • Anthony

    I would be really nice to  see a 3.6L, V6 220 KW engine from the current Passat  in  the new 
    Golf R….This excellent engine propelled  a heavy Passat 0 -100 in 5.6 seconds.

     I am sure that Golf R with this engine will fly and will certainly accelerated from  0-100 km in less than 5 seconds. With the properly tuned twin exhaust system and the price well bellow the upcoming  Mercedes Benz A250 AMG  this car will be the VW  best seller  .

  • Anthony

    I would be really nice to  see a 3.6L, V6 220 KW engine from the current Passat  in  the new Golf R….This excellent engine propels  a heavy Passat 0 -100 in 5.6 seconds.
     I am sure that Golf R with this engine will fly and will certainly accelerate from  0-100 km in less than 5 seconds. With the properly tuned twin exhaust system and the price well bellow the upcoming  Mercedes Benz A250 AMG  this car will be the VW  best seller 

    • Fff

      The reason they got rid of it in the first place was the balance of the vehicle!

  • Shannon147tsi

    Complete with Wolverine claws on the lower front bumper !!