The production version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been revealed ahead of its official unveiling at next week’s 2013 Geneva motor show.

The production model is almost identical to the Golf GTI concept that debuted at last year’s Paris motor show in September, with a new alloy wheel pattern the only obvious difference.

For the first time in the 37-year history of the iconic German hot-hatch, an uprated Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance model will be offered above the conventional GTI.

Both variants are powered by a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that sends power to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch (DSG) transmission.

In the standard Volkswagen Golf GTI, the engine produces 162kW of power (4500-6200rpm) and 350Nm of torque (1500-4400rpm). The result is a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds and combined cycle fuel consumption as low as 6.0 litres per 100km – figures that make it four-tenths quicker and 22 per cent more fuel efficient than the outgoing GTI Mk6.

An extra 7kW takes the Golf GTI Performance to 169kW (4700-6200rpm). Torque is unchanged at 350Nm but remains at its peak across a slightly broader range (1500-4600rpm). The upgrades slice one-tenth off the standard GTI’s 0-100km/h sprint, and add 4km/h to its top speed for a round 250km/h max figure.

The GTI Performance variant’s slightly sharper numbers are achieved without impacting fuel consumption. Both models are fitted with stop-start engine technology and meet Euro 6 emissions standards.

With an added emphasis on dynamics, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance scores a front axle differential lock for improved traction and larger brakes for enhanced stopping ability. The Performance variant boasts 340 x 30mm front discs and 310 x 22mm rears, while the standard GTI employs 312 x 25mm fronts and 300 x 12mm rears.

On the outside, the new Golf GTI features traditional red-painted calipers, smoked LED tail-lights, twin chrome tailpipes and 17-inch Brooklyn alloy wheels, while the cabin scores ‘Clark’ tartan upholstery, black roof liner and red ambient lighting.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 will go on sale in Australia in the final quarter of 2013, about six months after the launch of the standard range in April. It is likely to be followed by the recently revealed diesel-powered Golf GTD, which will join its high-performance petrol sibling in Geneva on March 5.




  • Al

    Nice alloys and nice looking car, a tad bland though.

    Cue the usual banter between those who love and those who hate VWs…

    • Amlohac

      I hate tartan, not VW though.

    • lee

      Still not in a genuine competitor to the Megane or Astra OPC (which I think is the class leader)

      • $29896495

        Beat me to it. Price will probably be higher than the OPC. I know which one I’d have.

        • Zaccy16

          but this is definitely the best allrounder in the class, very quick, great on fuel, quality luxurious interior, great handling but refined and easy to live with, in my opinion this and the new rangy and the two allround cars you can buy! they both have, luxury, quality, power, torque, fuel efficiency, handling etc…

          • Karl Sass

            Exzaccy, but you forgot reliability?? 

          • $29896495

            what about the Opel GTC OPC?

          • Zaccy16

            the astra is a nice car but as a dsg and with a better less fussy interior the golf gti is still a better car to live with day to day

          • $29896495

            Why on earth would you want a DSG? I’ll just point out that (I think you are talking the centre stack) it has won awards for ease of use and safety. You have to remember you aren’t touching those buttons all the time, but when you have to while driving you don’t have scroll through menus and take your eyes off the road.

      • Dudeface

        I was surprised when the RS265 and OPC got their a$$ handed to them by a Focus ST in a drag race on recent Top Gear. All the numbers say they should have been faster… the ST is still a bit tubby and had the worst lap time though. Would be interested to see how the GTi would go in the same comparison.. better than you think, I’d wager.

        Off topic, it grates me that the ST gets compared to the OPC and RS265, when the upcoming RS would be a more direct competitor IMHO.

      • Glenn59

        Why do you think the OPC is the new class leader?  In overseas comparisons I have regularly seen it get beat by lower power competitors both in a straight line and around coners.  Opel is also quite possibly doomed wtih the company in seriouos financail trouble.  Even if theuy bail themselves out the car is likely to have woeful resale value?

        • $29896495

          One reason for losses is all the new models. every car maker goes through peaks and troughs. I’ve read different stories to you, which give it the thumbs up. It really doesn’t mater though, like those people that like the new commodore even though it’s a pig. We like what we like, we are the ones who have to live with it, enjoy how it drives and looks. It’s appointments.  As do you.

        • lee

          Looks great – all reviews have given it thumbs up for premium feel. Won Red dot design award – among others. Also, Megane has out performed OPC in one test that I found. Top gear doesn’t count. Only Fords succeed in Jerrries world

        • lee

          On the “Doomed” issue. Opel are the source of all GM innovation. I am aware of the fact that the GM parent holds the design patents (Astra and Insignia, Highlift shocks, etc) but it might do Opel a favour if GM did sell it – then it might be able to go head to head with VW (as it use to)

    • Guest12

      The front bumper treatment looks a bit fussy and wrong. I think I prefer the standard model’s look.

    • Dave W

      A tad bland? Understatement of the month that is. Both exterior and interior look straight out of the 90s. Pity considering the reputation of being a great car it has.

      What’s funny is how the fanboys always criticise other cars for aging quickly in the looks department.

      • $29896495

        Being pre-aged makes it retro (?) I personally like the relationship between the Console and dash. Not real keen on the instrument cluster though.

        For all our talk about this thing I just realized. It isn’t an OPC, Renault,  competitor. We’re talking Veloster or a bit above or  a bit below a Focus ST. So be interesting to see, how they price it.

        • Dave W

          Alfa MiTo is retro cool. This just looks boring.

          I don’t expect the price to be any different to the current one at around $40k… I think.

          • $29896495

            I was being sarcastic. 40K, to much by  along shot. Anything above, is just plain ridiculous. Should be late twenties early thirties at most.

          • Dave W

            I really doubt VW would lower the price of their car by $10+k, especially the performance pack with larger brakes and front axle diff. If anything, the price would probably go up but a couple of grand, more for the performance pack.

          • $29896495

            I know they won’t lower it, I’m just saying it’s over priced.

          • Dave W

            I totally agree with you. It is overpriced. Just like any other imported stuff we get.

  • Golfschwein

    I’m loving it. Of course. Brilliant economy with those power, torque and performance figures.

    • lee

      Read ” As Low As” – drove a commodore from Melb airport to Avalon at go slow because of road works and used < 6l/100

      • Zaccy16

        when were this road works? i have to go to melbourne on the weekend from geelong

        • Sumpguard

          Billy carts aren’t allowed on public roads Zaccy.

        • lee

          LOL – It was during the construction of the ring road

  • Monk

    Wheels are pretty ordinary but then so were the standard Alfa rip-off ones on the old model.
    How much do extra will they gouge for the “Perfomance” model? For that matter, how do they justify calling it the “Performance” model with those figures?
    I like the look, I love driving them but I wouldn’t buy one.

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Plus price of options is a killer

    • CM

      I am sure you can see that the wheels on the model shown on the photos is not the standard 17-inch Brooklyn alloy wheels. Those look bigger than 17″ so this is probably an optional.

  • Philthy

    This or a new direct injected 6 speed manual nice interior WRX? (presuming such a car is going to exist). Decisions decisions…

    • Monk

      WRX interior will never compare. It’s not what they aim for.

      • Cars

        Neither will it’s fuel ecconomy.

      • philthy

        Have a look in the new Impreza. Much nicer than the old one.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Don’t fix what’s not broken i guess (insert DSG joke here!). Wheels look a bit too busy too me but are way better than the old ones. Drab yet functional interior. Should keep it’s “best allrounder” tag in the hot hatch segment. Doesn’t do anything exceptional but does all things well.

  • LowRezFez

    Man, the Golf 7 is such a boring car to look at… VW, hire another designer. Walter DeSilva’s last good work was the Alfa 156.

    • Zaccy16

      if you want to look at a boring car look at the newly released vf crummerdore omega!

    • Guest13

      Pity the Alfa was built like sh*t.
      Sold it after two years.

      • Fgd

        That’s too bad. I guess it’s just a case of not being able to have it all.

    • Mike

      Nothing to do with de’Silva – the man is just following his orders.

      The Golf’s biggest market is Germany, and that is what they aim the design at. Us Germans like our cars understated and not in-your-face. Here, BMW took quite a hit, and Audi made big gains, when they had Bangle “modernize” their designs. VW is wise not to mess with success, even if this may cost a few sales in a “huge” market such as Australia.

  • sanjay

    As an RenaultSport Megane 225 owner I want to hate the Golf GTi. But I struggle to do so with this model, purely because they are including a mechanical LSD. Focus ST is going to struggle against the GTi for this reason alone – as long as the VW is priced under $40,000.

    Also relieved that a 6sp manual is still available. If only they would fit a 6sp manual to the Polo GTi…

  • Robin_Graves

    So 2004 looking inside and out.  Questionable driveline and electrical reliablilty.  Journos will still froth over it because they only need to have it for 3 days.

    • Mike

      Enjoy your stylish Corolla.

  • CM

    A250 is priced at $49900 plus on roads, which I am sure is more than the Golf GTI will be.

    • $29896495

      I bet it’s not.

      • Dudeface

        I don’t see how it couldn’t be? Audi is more the direct VAG competitor to Merc. The A3 2.0 TFSI is logically the direct competitor to the A250, and that costs $53,400 plus on roads.

        I’m thinking the GTi should start low to mid 40′s. Of course options will push it over 50k easily.

        • $29896495

          Considering the other cars are starting in the high 40s, and VW aren’t known for being generous. I still feel they will be more expensive.

  • JooberJCW

    so a measly 7kw more on the performance model, same torque and neglible 0-100 improvement as a result. Why can’t they just redo a edition 35, it proved really popular too. I would love to see the price difference between the normal GTI and this performance one.

    As such in this case, leave the GTI, and have those two additional improvements Brakes + Diff as factory options. But as always people will think they are getting something really special with this model.

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Save your cash and put it towards a Legnab Stage 1 tune

  • Sam

     A250 is $54k driveaway plus extra for COMAND pack and Driver Assistance pack, so GTI is unlikely to lose sales to A250. As far as being unreliable, get your hand off it. I know several owners of GTI’s who’ve had no problems whatsoever. I personally drive a 118TSI with 71k kms travelled over nearly 4 years, and it’s been bullet-proof reliable.

    • Yellows2k

      Actually the a250 will take sales away as the Benz has panoramic roof, xenons, speed shift or dsg (auto), 18′ rims. Faux leather, 5 door and a few other bits and pieces Std. Whereas the gti these are all costly options. If u price up like for like then there would be only a thousand or 2k between them. And the biggest kicker will be vw vs benz badge and reliability.
      I actually own a 2011 gti 3dr manual. It’s a nice car, I’ve had a few minor issues all fixed under warranty but they were still issues that I never had when I owned c Japanese cars.
      I won’t buy another vw tho

      • Jfg

         Some people wouldn’t want any of those “costly” options and won’t be willing to spend a extra $15K or so on the Merc.

        • $29896495

          There’s no way I would NOT buy a Merc over my favourites or this. Glass roofs I don’t need.

      • Cars

        I agree, the A250 squarely has the GTI in it’s sights. Many press releases by Mercedes attest to this, albeit, indirectly. The GTI sales will be impacted as people see there are more “prestigious” alternatives.
        Mercedes is serious about brand appeal to a younger demographic. Meanwhile the GTI demographic age has been creeping older. This means potential GTI buyers (1st timers and return business) have more coin to part with. This will be the first of many salvos fired in this regard.

    • Guestovovic

      Yeah, I’ve owned 2 in 7 yrs & they’ve both been bullet proof as you say.
      Not sure I’ll get this one though…see what the pricing’s like on the Benz.

  • 451

    where’s golfmother

    • Jober As A Sudge

      At his computer reading the article…tissues nearby

    • Force-15

      I think he’s been banned recently along with a few other trolls on this site. Hasn’t stopped him in the past though…

  • Hlittmanau

    RS FOCUS 3. Thank you linesmen. Thank you ballboys !

  • Ted

    Nice car, but DSG is an issue around town – why can’t VW offer a normal ‘Auto” gearbox in their cars as this would make it eaiser to drive around the city…

    • Zaccy16

      i don’t have any trouble round town with my polo in dsg, it actually is smoother than my mazda 6′s torque converter auto, you get used to the differences to a normal auto and its a great tranny

      • Ted

        I do not believe you as you must have the best DSG every !

    • Guestovovic

      I don’t have any trouble either…..learn how to drive.

      • Ted

        Are you going to teach me, or are you just a moron !

      • Guest13

        Well I guess you should be telling that to the reviewers around here as that’s an issue that often comes up

      • John

        By learn you mean wait 3 seconds for the car to change from drive to reverse.

  • The Real Wile E

    Not adventurous enough
    The safe option and becoming boring

    • Golfschwein

      There’ll be lots of sentiment along these lines in the coming days. Remember, though, that the GTI has never been extrovert. It’s always been ‘just a little bit extra’, ever since the Mk I scored an injected 1.6 engine from Audi, a chin spoiler, sports wheel, tartan seat trim, a golf ball gear knob and…and…and…sheesh, that’s about it, really. No, red stripes!

      For brash and ballsy, other makers have always done it better, like Ford and Opel for a start. There’s room for both approaches.

      • The Real Wile E

        The original Golf was different ,brash and an extrovert…a runaway success.
        I say more of that and less of the same.
        The Golf is not the only slave to sameness…I am also thinking Audi and Porsche 911.
        I like change and adventurous car design.Some people don’t.But for me that makes cars interesting even if there are some unpopular designs that come along the way.
        How depressing to think that the Golf will look about the same for the next 10 years or more.No thanks.

    • Mike

      Remember the biggest market for this car is not Australia. This will sell loads in Europe.

      • johnnygmh

        Agree, but I reckon Australia is probably the top market for VW to make the most profit per car sold compared to many other markets.

        The execs at VW must cream themselves every time us Aussies mention or associate the brand with luxury.

    • Theo

      Weird formatting.

  • Resident

    17″ alloys standard, still?! Come on VW, that was so Mk5. 

    Every other manufacturer offers larger. Even your ‘cheaper’ brand Skoda Octavia RS has 18″…

    • $29896495

      Not Holden

      • Zaccy16

        haha

    • Andrew

      Would rather the better ride quality with 17″ than 18.” 

  • Able

    Buy a manual, and it’s as reliable as f**k. Those in an auto deserve I reliability IMO.

  • Barry

    We recently seen the GTI up against Megane and Focus.Come track day the GTI more than holds it own.But the looks ,interior quality,analogue dash,ect,ect.
    Vw is falling behind there competitors.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    This is the gentlemen’s hooligan car.

    • gtrxuone

      Is that what they call the new age bogan Luke,lol.

  • Repus008

    Good grief where is Golfmother he hasnt commented yet must be away

  • gtrxuone

    Impressive power to weight ratio.Would scream down the autobahn not looking out of place.
    But that’s where it ends for me.Very dull looking,the interior looks 10 years old.

  • Philnom

    I get the whole iconic Golf look thing, but this looks like a mid-life reskin more than a all new model. Boring all over and the detailing is downright fussy in some areas.

  • Stop_the_boats

    More brillance from VAG, will be a winner .

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Welcome back Golfmother

      • Jkgh

        Stop_the_Stop_the_boats

      • Force-15

        Anyone going to pick up that phone? Because I f***ing called it!

    • Repus008

      Which boat the Bismarck

    • Repus008

      Yes i agree stop the boats bringing all those Volkswagens  here
      How are you Golfmother  ?

      • Stop_the_boats

        Headlines repulsive,  golf sales on the rise, people have seen the light and are ditching the dinos in droves, mk7 styling will date well and retain resale, unlike the  dowdy styling of the i45, f1oorces favourite, koreas finest is finished, poof .

  • Jr

    I am pretty sure the interior will be superior than most of the other hot hatches.  I do however have a problem with the boy racer try hard look it is edging towards.  The GTI is meant to be a subtle performance daily on road car.  It needs to stick to that.  When people say it is boring to look at and drive but still end up buying it, loving it and it wins awards and sets benchmarks then you will know it is a success.

    • $29896495

      What are you talking about? The GTI has always been about being a boy racer. The tarten cloth, red stripes etc, ever since day one.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Not a very flattering picture of the interior… Is it just me or is it a retrograde step from MkVI? Aesthetically at least.

  • Atticus

    First glance … I thought this was a Toyota!
     
    Bland, bland, bland … but then I realised it was a VW! Red calipers and an extra 7kW. Wow. they invested some serious dollars there!
     
    A fine effort from the bogan German brand.

  • Sam

    As much as I despise most people that buy these cars, especially the fanboys found on here, it’s still a great car. Although those pictures have been edited way too much.

    • Golfschwein

      You should probably try to find a way of letting go of that, Sam. To hate or despise someone based on what they drive is a pretty severe call, if you think about it. You have to excuse fandom, too. Fandom has its place in music, cars, books, comedy and the list goes on. It’d be a sad old world without passion.

      • Sam

        Don’t lecture me.

    • Theo

      Aspirationals are drawn to this car like a moth to a flame. They find $50K that they ain’t getting back.

  • Al Tungupon

    People need to be able to somehow differentiate it from its predecessor. This is only slightly edgier in design, so otherwise very similar such that some probably can’t tell them apart.

  • Ted

    I agree with that and particularly in Australian with our wanting for Auto’s, and not using premium fuel !

  • Theo

    I wish more people would resist buying Golf GTI’s. They’re a very poor man’s sports car but it doesn’t have a poor man’s sticker price. Buy it and doom yourself to a lifetime of being limited to this type of car. Save up and work harder and buy a genuine sports car. Good luck!

    • Dr Rorschach

      Many studies have shown that most people who buy, as you call them, “genuine sports cars” are over-compensating. It seems here Theo, that you are over-compensating your over-compensation.

      • Theo

        That makes sense.

      • Georgey Porgey

        Many studies have also show that proclaiming you are a doctor on a comments list is also over compensating……vee dubs are for peasants not doctors.

    • Al Tungupon

      So what is this genuine sports car that you’re proposing people to buy then?

  • Hung Low

    Why are my comments about the resale trickery of VW removed? 

  • Anthony

    0 -100 6.5 secs pathetic

  • Marcel

    6.5 secs. I could walk faster