New Golf GTI 2013
Even after all these years, there are three letters in motoring than mean more than all others. No, not TOM, but of course GTI, and mere mention of them gets us all giddy inside. Well here we are again as we all get to look at the new New Golf GTI 2013.
Spanning across three decades, the VW Golf GTI is a classic, I will own an original Mark 1 before I die, it’s on my bucket list and it just must happen. Ready to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the new VW Golf GTI will hit our roads in 2013 and strangely will be available in 2 options. A 220 BHP GTI and a 230 BHP VW Golf GTI Performance which will be coupled with larger brakes and front limited slip diff.
Power for both will come from the 2L turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) and both of the cars will push out a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The VW Golf GTI will head to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and top out at 152 mph. The VW Golf GTI Performance will do the same in 6.4 seconds and reach 155mph. Stop/Start comes as standard to reduce emissions and brings economy down to the mid forties mpg, though don’t expect anywhere near that when you start having some fun!
Here in the UK we get some nice little treats as standard, including uprated 18-inch ‘Austin’ alloys, bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime runners. We love the look of the inside and the classic GTI look and feel. The first thing you will notice is the awesome tartan cloth on the seats and makes us think back towards the era of the MK1.
Pre-orders will start in March with the first ones hitting our roads in June this year. No UK pricing has been confirmed but just over €28K tips the scales in Europe, so expect a £25 – 26, 000 price bracket here. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel, the only thing we are confused about is why 2??! And with such little performance difference.