This is the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, although VW is calling it a ‘concept’ when it’s unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this week.
The sixth-generation version of the most famous hot hatch ever sold is likely to look similar in its final production form, Which? believes.
Like the previous version, it features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. However, there’s more power – increased from 197bhp to 207bhp – but also improved efficiency: fuel economy rises from 35.3 to 37.6mpg, and CO2 emissions drop from 189g/km to 178g/km.
Fastest Golf GTI
The car still takes 7.2 seconds to go 0-62mph, but top speed increases to 148mph – making this the fastest standard Golf GTI ever. The new car also features a better electronic stability control (ESC) system, designed to help it grip the road better.
There will be an option to have VW’s new Adaptive Chassis Control system – already seen on the new Scirocco.This gives further control over damping, accelerator response, and steering assistance.
The concept car features 18-inch alloys of a similar design to the current car. No prices have yet been confirmed, but the new Golf GTI goes on sale here in summer 2009.
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