That’s fine with us, since we appreciate the evolutionary styling changes to Volkswagen’s hot hatch. Anticipated styling elements, such as the red-striped honeycomb grille, carry over, while narrower-profile headlights and taillights give the 2014 GTI a sleeker look.
Deeper character lines on hood and doors help add a bit more personality, too, and we’re fans of the new five-blade wheels. Those preferring the chunkier styling of Volkswagen’s “Detroit” wheels need not worry, since they remain an available option.
Two more wheels styles, what VW calls “Brooklyn” and “Glendale” will be available as well, giving buyers a range of both 17 and 18-inch wheels to choose from. Though it’s hard to tell from the images, the new GTI rides some 15 millimeters lower, and benefits from a much-needed brake upgrade with larger rotors.
A performance pack is said to be in the works, too, although it’s not yet clear if it will be offered in both Europe and the United States. The package will include even larger brakes (17 inch versus 16 inch), a mechanical front differential lock (VAQ) and a boost in output from 217 to 227 horsepower.
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