While a release date has not yet been announced for the sixth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI, we wanted to bring you the specs on the European version that VW recently released. The hi-po version of the Golf sports a number of incremental improvements in engine, chassis, exhaust, and electronics to take the GTI's driving joy to new heights.
- Engine: The familiar 2.0-liter TSI direct-injected, turbocharged VW four is underhood. In the European GTI, it makes 210 hp between 5,300 and 6,200 rpm while offering approximately 206 lb-ft in a flat plane from 1,700 to 5,200 rpm. While the power ratings are very similar to the units found in the fifth-gen GTI, significant internal modifications such as new pistons and piston rings, regulated oil pump, and a new high-pressure fuel pump ensure better performance and emissions that meet the strict Euro-5 emissions standard. The GTI impresses with an average 32 mpg (standard six-speed manual), 31.7 with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
- Performance: Volkswagen claims a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds with both transmissions and a maximum speed of 149.1 mph or 147.8 mph for the manual and DSG transmissions, respectively. A new XDS electronic transverse differential lock is an advancement of the ESP system and tamps down understeer and improves traction.
- Tuned Exhaust: Exiting from left- and right-mounted twin exhaust pipes will be a traditionally sonorous GTI bark. "A complex exhaust routing system" that's lighter and has less back pressure than the previous setup is responsible for the playful sound. As well, certain engine sounds are routed into the cabin through an acoustic tube like that used in the 2010 Ford Mustang.
- Suspension: The GTI's front end was lowered by 0.87 inches, the rear by 0.59 inches. Springs, dampers and rear stabilizers have been thoroughly reworked. The front is a strut-type design while the rear features an "innovative multi-link" setup.
While we've neither details nor confirmation for the U.S. market, we'd be surprised if this vehicle didn't debut in exactly the same form for our market. We look forward bringing you official U.S. details and a drive report as soon as we are able.