The new 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this week brings more power will be available in two power levels, either with 220 horsepower, or 230 horsepower with an available performance pack. Powered by a turbocharged direct-injection engine, the new GTI performance package adds bigger brakes, with both versions equipped with a Stop-Start system to fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard set to take effect in 2014. The GTI will now get 33 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission, which is an 18 percent increase in fuel economy than the previous model. Even with the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission, it will get over 30 mpg.
Volkswagen emphasizes the GTI's sporty nature with red-painted brake calipers, chrome tailpipes, and lowered sport suspension. Even the interior has elements that help with the overall sport theme, including seats with the "Clark" tartan pattern, a black headliner, and red ambient lighting. For those looking for classic GTI features, some are available like a sports steering wheel, special trim inserts, and stainless-steel pedals.
Who It's For
Volkswagen wants to get the blood pumping in young men in their mid-twenties to thirties who love to be in the driver' seat. When brought to the U.S., the GTI will be a major competitor in its class. The GTI has one of the best turbocharged engines in its class, and when stacked against the MazdaSpeed3 or Honda Civic SI, there's no competition. The new GTI produces up to 230 horsepower with its turbocharged engine, putting it in the middle of the class. With top of the class fuel economy at 21/31 mpg city/highway and competitive pricing starting at $24,200, this hot hatch is a fun car to drive.
The iconic hot hatch is available for the first time in two power levels, at 220 horsepower, or 230 horsepower with the addition of a performance pack. The new GTI comes packed with standard features and three color options to choose from. Some standout features include:
- Park assist
- Winter package with included heated front seats
- Volkswagen's updated infotainment system
- Color options: Tornado Red, Black, Pure White
The new Golf GTI is set to go on sale by May in Germany, with a starting price of $37,078. However, when brought to the U.S., the price will likely be less expensive.
What We Think
For enthusiasts, a new GTI is always good news. The original GTI basically invented the idea of a modern "hot hatch," and ever since, the rest of the world has been chasing Volkswagen. While the car has gotten bigger and more sophisticated--not to mention more expensive--the GTI fanbase lives on. You can include us in that group, and we're looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the next-generation GTI...when it comes to the U.S.
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