The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 has been revealed ahead of a public debut at the Geneva motor show.
As with the wider new-generation Golf range, the GTI gets a plethora of design updates and new tech including LED headlights and LED tail light clusters, exterior and interior background lighting, an open front bumper with GTI wings and honeycomb grille, GTI diffuser with tailpipes on the left and right and black side sills.
The Golf GTI is available with standard 17-inch Richmond alloy wheels which are unique to the GTI with 18- and 19- inch rims available as an option.
Dimensionally, the Golf now measures in at 4284mm long, 1789mm wide and 1456mm tall with a 2636mm wheelbase. For context, when compared to the outgoing model, the Mk8 is 26mm longer, 10mm narrower, 4mm taller with a 16mm longer wheelbase.
Internally a new leather sports steering wheel with touch controls, new GTI gear knob and GTI clasp in chrome/red can be found. The familiar checked pattern of the sports seats has a new checked design called Scalepaper.
GTI variants also get the latest driver assistance systems fitted to the wider Golf line-up including lane keeping assist and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring.
Down Under the new Golf GTI will likely remain powered by the 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the outgoing model. In Europe, buyers can choose between a six-speed gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. In Australia, expect the latter to be standard.
The GTI will also be equipped with an electronic differential lock and adaptive dampers.
At this stage, the first examples of the Mk8 Golf range will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2020, GTI models are not expected until 2021.
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