The new Golf GTI

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI will officially make its debut in Singapore on 6 July 2013 with a launch price of $199,800 including COE.

To date, some 1.9 million Golf GTI cars have been produced at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg and sold worldwide. Back in 1976, when the GTI was invented, no one could have predicted such success. 5,000 units were planned, of a car that is the most successful of its type in the world. A phenomenon.

Der neue Volkswagen GTI und Volkswagen Golf I GTI

The first Golf GTI, launched 37 years ago, defined a fundamental standard for dynamic performance that was more precise than any other compact car. The affordable Volkswagen also made automotive sportiness more attainable than ever for people. Everything was simply right about it – the safe and taut chassis, the agile and fuel-efficient injection engine and the car’s styling that was as unmistakable as it was timeless.

All of this combined with the insignias of a future icon – a red stripe around the radiator grille, a black border around the rear windscreen, a sport steering wheel like in the Scirocco Coupé, a golf ball as a gear shift grip, ergonomically perfect sport seats with a classic tartan design and a name that would never be forgotten: GTI. Now, the seventh generation GTI has arrived.

100 percent more power. The engine of the first Golf GTI produced exactly 110 bhp. Now, the seventh generation Golf GTI sends 220 bhp to the front wheels − which is exactly double the power of the first Golf GTI. 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine. The turbocharged engine of the GTI is from the third generation of the EA888 engine series and has a completely newly developed cylinder head. It is marked by innovative technical modifications such as exhaust gas cooling integrated in the cylinder head and a dual injection system with both direct injection and multi point injection. In addition, the 1,984 cc TSI features variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. The valve lift on the exhaust side is adjustable over two stages.

Der neue Volkswagen Golf GTI

11 percent better fuel economy. The GTI, equipped with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard, attains the low fuel consumption value of 6.6 L/100km (CO2: 153 g/km). The combined fuel consumption was thus reduced by 0.8 litres or 11 percent compared to the previous model (210 bhp).

Faster in every situation. The low fuel consumption and emission values of the Golf GTI contrast with the car’s simply dominating driving performance data. It accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 244 km/h. Based on its performance and handling properties, the new Golf GTI is impressively penetrating into the market segment of high-class and considerably more expensive sports cars more than ever before.

GTI exterior. Of course, the new Golf GTI is distinguished from other cars in the model series by numerous additional features and classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, they include the red painted brake calipers, smoked rear lights as well as chrome tailpipes on the left and right. The production colours ‘Tornado Red’ and ‘Black’ as well as ‘Pure White’ have been typical for the Golf GTI since its early days. Also standard on-board the most powerful, fastest and most fuel-efficient Golf GTI ever are the newly designed 18-inch ‘Austin’ alloy wheels with size 225/40 tyres.

GTI interior. The typical GTI insignia are indispensable in the interior as well. The front sport seats offer exceptionally good ergonomic properties. The GTI instrument cluster also makes a strong statement with a colour display and unique instrument graphics. The GTI-specific look in the interior is rounded out by such features as an leather sport steering wheel (with multifunction keys), red ambience lighting (in front, in the trim strips of the doors and the stainless steel door sill guards) and pedals made of brushed stainless steel.

Der neue Volkswagen Golf GTI

High-tech GTI. The seventh generation of the sporty icon is the first Golf GTI to launch with standard technology highlights such as progressive steering, driving profile selector, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamics function.

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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