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2014 VW GTI Heads to Geneva

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VW has announced that the all-new 2014 VW GTI is going to take the stage at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The new GTI is set to go on sale first in Europe starting this May and for the first time will be offered with with two power levels: 220 horsepower; or 230 hp with the optional performance pack.

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The new GTI is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine that generates 220 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Volkswagen is offering a factory-installed performance pack for the first time, which boosts power to 230 hp and adds bigger brakes and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential. Both versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system and fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014. The four-cylinder engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to VW the new GTI offers an 18 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model.

On the outside the Golf GTI stands out with its red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome tailpipes, and a lowered sport suspension. The exterior also gets 17-inch "Brooklyn" GTI wheels and 225/45 tires, special side skirts, a rear diffuser, and smoked LED taillights with LED license-plate illumination.

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The interior is highlighted by sport seats with the "Clark" tartan pattern, a black headliner, and red ambient lighting. The car also offers classic GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI shifter knob grip and instrument cluster, special trim inserts, and stainless-steel pedals and foot support.

In Germany, the GTI goes on sale in May with prices starting at 28,350 euros.

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