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by Tim Beissmann

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance has launched in Australia from $48,490 – $500 higher than planned when preliminary pricing was announced in September.

The $500 price rise also applies to the regular Golf GTI, which now costs $41,990 in six-speed manual form and $44,490 with the optional six-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The revised pricing makes the DSG-only Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance just $1500 cheaper than the old Golf R Mk6 manual and $4000 less than the DSG version of the previous flagship, which is being replaced this week by the new Mk7 model.

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Powering the Golf GTI Performance is a mildly uprated version of the 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the regular GTI. Power increases 7kW to 169kW, though comes on 200rpm later, sustained between 4700-6200rpm. Peak torque is unchanged at 350Nm, though hangs on for an extra 200rpm at the top end (1500-4600rpm).

Despite weighing 40kg more than the GTI DSG (1364kg vs 1324kg), the Performance is 0.1 second faster to 100km/h, claiming a 6.4-second sprint, and matches the less powerful variant for fuel use, claiming 6.6 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

With an emphasis on enhanced dynamics, the Golf GTI Performance gains a mechanical front differential lock and larger brakes that measure 340x33mm at the front and 310x22mm at the rear – up from the 312x25mm fronts and 300x25mm rears of the GTI. The Performance’s front brake calipers also uniquely feature ‘GTI’ badges, while larger 19-inch alloy wheels (up from 18s) sit at its corners.

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Other Golf GTI Performance enhancements include bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, distinctive LED tail-lights, and alcantara upholstery inserts.

CarAdvice is at the local launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance and Golf R in Victoria today. Stay tuned for reviews on both models, coming soon.




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