Our spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI completely uncamouflaged, ahead of its 2020 launch
This is our first uncamouflaged look at the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI. The German brand’s latest niche-defining hot hatchback is due to reach the UK market towards the end of 2020, roughly 12 months after the arrival of the standard model.
Like all previous Golf GTIs, the eighth-generation model has undergone a significant cosmetic overhaul with a more aggressive body kit, a new boot spoiler and larger chromed exhaust tips. There’s also a set of oversized pre-production alloy wheels, a slightly lowered ride-height, larger brake discs and new brake calipers, finished in red.
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Following tradition, the new GTI’s cockpit should feature a pair of heavily bolstered tartan sports seats, a chunky sports steering wheel and a set of aluminium pedals. The standard Golf’s infotainment system and digital gauge cluster will be reconfigured for the performance variant, with a range of new menus and chassis control options. Volkswagen’s planned array of “24/7” connectivity features will also be transferred into the hot hatch version of its famous family hatch.
As it will be based on the same MQB underpinnings as the current model, we expect the next-generation Golf GTI will also come an electronically controlled locking differential as standard, while adaptive dampers and Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system should be offered as optional extras.
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We expect the new Golf GTI will be powered by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing around 290bhp and 380Nm of torque. These performance figures are the same as the outgoing Golf GTI TCR, and would provide Volkswagen with a more competitive rival for the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Megane RS.
As with the current model, power will be sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox on a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Further down the line, Volkswagen will introduce an even more powerful, four-wheel-drive Golf R variant with up to 350bhp. The engine will be mated to a dual-clutch gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system.
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