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2019 Volkswagen Golf updates detailed

Volkswagen Australia has detailed the updated MY19 Golf range this week, with a smaller model range and a new base trim set to arrive in dealerships this October. The 110TSI base model has been culled, along with the manual Golf R, with the Trendline grade serving as the new entry point to the revised range...

Volkswagen GTI TCR confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has been confirmed for the Australian market, scheduled to arrive in local showrooms in the first half of 2019. Previewed by the TCR concept at this year's Lake Worthersee meet, the most powerful production Golf GTI ever gets an uprated 2.0-litre turbo four with 213kW of power and 370Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic...

Volkswagen USA rolls out four concepts in Georgia

Volkswagen Australia is sparking enthusiast conversation by only offering the Golf GTI in dual-clutch performance package guise from October this year. Meanwhile, Volkswagen USA is trying to get car-lovers talking in a different way, rolling out four hotted-up concepts at SOWO: The European Experience in Savannah, Georgia...

No Golf GTI manual: Is this the beginning of the end?

Well, that's it. No manual transmission for the powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI range announced this week. Worse, this obituary follows news that the new Polo GTI will also be a DSG-only proposition. Is this the end, then, of the GTI's enthusiast appeal? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves: the company hasn't ruled out returning the manual with the next-generation 'Mk8' Golf GTI, but there's no denying the case will be harder to make if sales of the auto-only MY19 model remain strong...

Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance trim becomes standard for MY19

Volkswagen Australia has announced the Golf GTI Performance will return in October, becoming standard fitment across the GTI range as part of a forthcoming 2019 model-year update. After hinting at plans to release a Performance Edition 2 in the third quarter of this year, a global move to discontinue the 169kW engine tune in the current Golf GTI led the local arm to specify the 'Performance' package for all MY19 Golf GTIs in Australia – meaning the 'standard' car will get more than just a power bump...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept unveiled

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Worthersee meeting in Austria. Said to be inspired by the Golf GTI TCR race car, the concept features a new front bumper with a sharper front splitter, a crisper set of side sills, TCR lettering along the sides, a revised exhaust tip design, and a more aggressively-styled diffuser and lower rear spoiler...

Volkswagen apprentice concepts debut at Worthersee - UPDATE

Update (10/9): Volkswagen has released more images of the GTI Next Level and Golf Variant GMotion. Volkswagen has revealed a pair of concepts at the annual Lake Worthersee meet, created by the company's apprentices at its Wolfsburg and Zwickau bases...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Local arm keen on new hot hatch

Volkswagen Australia has voiced its interest in a Golf GTI variant to sit atop the local line-up, in the lead-up to the reveal of the GTI TCR at Lake Worthersee on May 9. "We would be keen on such a variant," said Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, telling us "the [Golf] GTI and R line-ups are ever-evolving...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR teased ahead of Worthersee debut

Volkswagen is preparing a hotter, harder flagship for its Golf GTI line-up, borrowing parts from the road-car-based Touring Car Racing variant. That means the Golf GTI TCR will be a road-going version of the racing GTI, which itself is based on a road car. Right. Semantics aside, the GTI TCR shapes as a tantalising proposition...

CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!

This week's show has Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2018 Mini hatch and convertible, and BMW 2 series Active Tourer have been announced. The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Freedom Editions are coming to Australia, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Australian details are out, and the Skoda Karoq is now arriving in June...

Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video

How do you prove one car is faster than another? You drag race them – duh! The new Volkswagen Polo GTI isn't far off its Golf GTI stablemate these days in terms of power, but how does that translate in straight-line speed? In this video, Car Mania aims to answer that question...