The orders can be placed for the new Golf GTI starting from £33,438. The eighth-generation vehicle will be delivered to the customers from the next month.
It’s the newest version of the very successful hatchback and it’s based on the Mk8 Golf, which was launched in the 2019. It’s based on the same template used for other GTI models; it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The price for the six-speed manual starts from £33,370, whereas the price for the version with the DSG seven-speed dual-clutch automatic starts from £32,870. The top speed both models can achieve is 153mph; the DSG can achieve 60mph slightly faster at 6.1sec. The automatic models will be delivered first to the customers starting from October, where the manual cars will be delivered from November.
The vehicle is described as the true GTI as compared to the previous models by the company’s technical chief, Matthias Rabe. He said that the Golf 8 is a lot improved as compared to the Golf 7, it’s a step forward, as the new vehicle is bigger and better than the normal Golf. The technical boss also said that we put a lot of focus on the latest vehicle, so we could give the customers what they want. We wanted it to be a proper vehicle for everyday use, and still maintain the sporty nature. A sports car that’s perfect for everyday use is what customers are looking forward to. The vehicle is more GTI that the previous one, you will realize this if you drive it.
The version of the company’s MQB platform used for the vehicle is the same as the regular Golf Mk8. There is a Vehicle Dynamics Manager that manages the electric differential lock (XDS). There has been a lot of improvement to the steering as well; the engineers have worked to improve both response and feedback.
As usual, there are classic twin tailpipes and red brake calipers. The red brake calipers are also featured on the GTD and GTE. All models have 17in wheels as standard, but the option for 18in and 19in is also available. The models also have updated electronics and technology used on the standard Golf. Most of the switches and physical buttons are replaces by a central Touchscreen and touch-sensitive panels. The GTI has a top-spec 10in infotainment Touchscreen, where the GTD and GTE have 8.25in version, but can be updated.