VW is bringing its all-new seventh-generation Golf to the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week. We've already seen the standard Golf model, but this week VW is unveiling the Golf BlueMotion and the iconic 2014 GTI.
The 2014 Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0L with 217 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The Golf GTI reaches 0-62 mph in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of 153 mph. For the first time ever, the GTI will be available with a new performance pack that bumps the GTI's power up to 227 horsepower and gives it a 0-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The perfomrance package also adds larger front brakes and a front axle differential lock which reduces power-related understeer.
Both GTI versions will be equipped with a standard Stop/Start system, and fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014. With a six-speed manual gearbox, the GTI is set to return 47.1* mpg (an 18 per cent improvement over the Mk VI). A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option for both power levels.
Both GTI models also get a standard from a variable ratio steering system which, in essence, allows the driver toturn the car through a desired radius with smaller movements of the steering wheel. While conventional steering systems work with a fixed ratio, the new Golf GTI operates with a variable steering ratio which reduces steering input. On twisting country roads, the driver experiences a benefit in dynamics due to the more direct layout.
The 2014 GTI is distinguished by its red brake calipers, honeycomb grille with double red stripe detail, smoked LED rear lights and LED license plate illumination and chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes. Inside the GTI gets tartan sports seats, a flat bottomed steering wheel, GTI golf ball gear knob and GTI-specific red ambience lighting.
The new Golf GTI is set to go on sale in mainland Europe in early 2013 and the UK in summer 2013. It's expected to reach the U.S. by the end of 2013.
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