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Volkswagen Golf GTI concept unveiled

The wraps are off VW's new Golf GTI 'concept'

VW Golf GTI concept

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.

VW Golf GTI concept

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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