To date, nearly 1.9 million (over 59 500 in South Africa) Golf GTI units have been sold worldwide. No one could have predicted such a phenomenal success when the first Golf GTI was launched in1976 (1982 in South Africa). At that time only 5 000 units were planned.
A phenomenon. The first generation Golf GTI defined a fundamental standard for dynamic performance that was more precise than any other compact car of its era. Everything was just right about it – the safe and taut chassis, the agile and fuel-efficient injection engine and the car?s styling that was as unmistakable as it was timeless. All of this combined with the insignias of a future icon – a red stripe around the radiator grille, a black border around the rear windscreen, a sporty steering wheel like in the Scirocco Coupé, a golf ball as a gear shift grip, ergonomically perfect sport seats with a classic tartan design and a name that would never be forgotten: GTI.
100 per cent more power. The engine of the first Golf GTI produced exactly 81 kW. Now, the seventh generation Golf GTI delivers 162 kW to the front wheels ? which is double the power of the first Golf GTI.
2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine. The turbocharged engine of the GTI is from the third generation of the EA888 engine series and has a completely newly developed cylinder head. A unique feature in this power class is the water-cooled exhaust gas circulation loop to the turbocharger that is fully integrated in the cylinder head. This type of exhaust gas cooling makes a crucial contribution towards improving fuel consumption at full load in the new Golf GTI. In addition, the 1,984 cc TSI engine features variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. The valve lift on the exhaust side is adjustable over two stages. This enables optimal control of the charge exchange process for better performance, fuel economy and low emissions.
Improved fuel consumption. The new Golf GTI is equipped with a stop/start system and a 6-speed gearbox as standard. The benefits of BlueMotion Technology system are evident in the combined fuel consumption value of 6.0 l/100 km (CO2: 139 g/km). The fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI was reduced by 1.3 litres (7.3 l/100km) compared to the previous model (155 kW). The optional 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) offers uninterrupted propulsive power which matches the character of the sporty icon to perfection. In this case, the fuel consumption is 6.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 148 g/km CO2), an improvement of 1.0 l/100km (7.4l/100km).
42 kg lighter. The significantly improved fuel economy values of the new Golf GTI can be traced back to actions that fought for every tenth of a litre in savings. The sports car, like the base model, is based on the new modular transverse matrix (MQB). And, similar to the base model, the weight of the GTI was also reduced compared to the previous model – from 1,393 kg to 1,351 kg (42 kg savings). The car?s aerodynamics also improved from 0.73 m2 in the previous model to 0.70 m2. In urban traffic and in traffic jams, the standard Stop/Start system of the GTI has a positive effect on fuel economy. The substantially higher torque of 350 Nm (instead of the 280 Nm of the previous model) made it possible to also reduce the gear ratios for lower engine speeds, adapting them to the engine?s lower rev levels. This helped to reduce fuel consumption. The internal engine modifications were made including a new and innovative thermal management system; they contribute towards the noted 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy in the 2.0-litre TSI.
Dynamic performance. The low fuel consumption and emission values of the Golf GTI contrast with the car?s driving performance data. The 162 kW Golf GTI accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 246 km/h (DSG: 244 km/h).
GTI exterior. The new Golf GTI is distinguished from other cars in the model series by numerous additional features and classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, they include the red painted brake callipers, smoked LED rear lights in a custom design as well as chrome tailpipes on the left and right. For the first time, the sporty Volkswagen also has, in addition to the GTI badges at the front and rear, red plates on the front wings at the height of the character line with the same typographic interpretation of the GTI logo that has been used for decades.
The launch colours are Red, Black and White. They have been synonymous with the Golf GTI since its early days. Also standard in the new Golf GTI are the newly designed 18-inch “Austin” alloy wheels with size 225/45 tyres.
GTI interior. The famous Golf GTI Vienna leather sport seats that offer exceptionally good ergonomic properties have been retained. The instrument cluster makes a strong statement with a colour display and unique instrument graphics. The GTI-specific look in the interior is further complemented by features as leather sport steering wheel with multifunction keys (shift pedals for DSG), red ambience lighting (in front, in the trim strips of the doors and the stainless steel door sill guards) and pedals with brushed stainless steel.
Innovative GTI. Similarly to the new Golf, GTI continues to offer innovative technology that is available for the first time in its segment. The standard features include progressive steering, the fatigue detection system, Automatic Multi-Collision Braking System and the advanced XDS+ electronic differential lock system. Also new are optional systems such as Dynamic Chassis Control with driver profile selection. For entertainment, new Golf GTI customers can order the optional 400-Watt sound system by Danish brand, DYNAUDIO. The sound system is exclusively available in the Golf GTI.