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The Mark VI Golf GTI will output 210hp (155kW) - a modest 10hp (7kW) bump over the previous modelEnlarge Photo
As expected, the Mark VI GTI's styling remains similar to the previous model and is differentiated mostly by a new front bumper design. The last generation was purchased by 1.7 million people and it’s expected that this new model will do just as well. With both three and five-door models, it will appeal to a wide range of buyers looking for a sportier-than-average euro hatch.
The Mark VI Golf platform is the basis for the GTI update and, like its more mundane companions, the GTI is an evolutionary step forward, not overly different to its predecessor. The Mark VI model retains a 2.0L turbo engine but now develops 210hp (155kW), which is just 10hp (7kW) more than the outgoing model. Top speed is limited to 148mph (239km/h) and VW claims the car will hit the 62mph (100km/h) benchmark in 7.2 seconds.
The engine performance has been tuned to ensure torque throughout the rev range, with the GTI developing 206lb-ft (280Nm) as early as 1,800pm. The low-end grunt also helps the car achieve an average fuel economy of only 31.6mpg (7.5L/100km), according to EU tests.
Rather than adding lots power to their hot hatches, like most car companies do, VW has concentrated on improving the dynamics of the new GTI with a new sports suspension, DCC adaptive damping and an XDS electronic differential. Drive will be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Although VW is yet to reveal full details about the car, earlier spy shots have suggested the new GTI will get a set of performance brakes, potentially from famed brake company Brembo. Other exterior appointments are expected to include standard 18in alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. More details should be released closer to the car's launch at next month's Geneva Motor Show.