Volkswagen Golf VII GTI is Almost Here

A new Golf is all well and fine, but what enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting is the new GTI. Here are the first images, leaked ahead of schedule.

Now that Volkswagen has introduced a new Golf, it's only a matter of time before the performance-oriented versions come along. Yesterday we brought you initial details of the next Golf R, but before that hits the road, VW will roll out a new GTI. And here are the first images, leaked online courtesy of automotive leak-meister Vince Burlapp. The new Golf GTI is expected to use the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the outgoing model, but retuned from 200 horsepower up to a more prodigious 230.

Expect power to be channeled to the front wheels (all-wheel drive is reserved for the Golf R) through either a manual or DSG transmission, with both three- and five-door versions to be offered. A diesel GTD version will follow, and could actually make it to the US this time.

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