Volkswagen are looking to debut the new VW golf at the upcoming Paris Motor show (now).
The VW stand will have the normal and GTI cars out on show and hopes to woo crowds with the new updates to safety and speed.
The new Mk7 Golf GTI will see a 10PS power increase from the current Mk6 golf GTI (220PS) coming from a similar 2.0l turbocharged unit up front. The main change is that the GTI will be offered from the dealer with a ‘performance pack’ extra option, that will give you an extra 10PS (taking that to 230PS) and with bigger brakes and a ‘front axle differential lock’ (a LSD from the factory!?). There are some other technological advances for the new Mk7 GTI, but I am not really bothered (reduced weight, new safety systems and a variable ratio steering system).
For me the car looks good, but there is not a great deal of difference from that of the Mk6 (from the outside) and the power increase is not that great. I really liked how the Mk6 drove, and the PR piece from VW does not mention whether the new Mk7 will be built on the same good chassis or whether they have started from scratch. Here are some performance figures,
The new Golf GTI Mk7, with 220 PS has a zero to 62 mph time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 153 mph; add the performance pack and maximum power rises to 230 PS, top speed to 155 mph, and the sprint time falls to 6.5 seconds.