We only have a few more months to wait before the next generation of the GTI is unveiled, according to a report from Autocar.
Naturally, this will be the European model, so we’ll have to wait longer here in the US. But Volkswagen hopes to have four performance models in European dealerships before the year is out.
They are the GTI, the GTD, the GTE, and the R. The report suggests that VW will wait until the summer to unveil the Golf R at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
And those are the only two Golfs we really care about because they may be the only ones that come to America. Although VW USA has confirmed that the GTI and the R will be sold here, the company maintains that it is still evaluating the market to decide whether or not the regular Golf should be sold here.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until March to find out just what the GTI is packing, but rumors suggest that it will not go the hybrid route and stick with the tried and true 2.0-liter turbo.
Autocar suggests that there will be two states of tune: the first offering 242 hp and the second offering 287 hp. The suggestion there, though, is that the tunes will align with the current GTI and the GTI TCR–the latter of which is not sold here.
The outlet also suggests that the transmission options will be familiar, with the choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch. Torque should similarly rise and 0-60 times are expected to be sub-6 seconds.
The GTI was originally supposed to get a mild-hybrid system to help with low-end torque, but reports now suggest that it will simply be powered by gasoline—which should make it feel familiar.
The chassis has improved, though, and there has been a focus on steering feel with the new Golf. That should mean better feedback and, hopefully, more fun.
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