Look for it at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

With the Volkswagen Golf 8 here to stay for a while, it was only a matter of time before Volkswagen started declining it into various guises. Hotter guises, that is.

Among those, the first one to make a debut is, according to a recent report coming from Autocar, the Golf GTI. It will be followed by the GTD, which will supposedly share the stage too in Geneva, and later on (read summer 2020) by the Golf R.

What will the new Golf GTI bring, exactly?

A New Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Coming with 287 Horsepower
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Well, according to said outlet, the GTI will be offered with two power outputs, both based on Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that’s currently in use inside the Mk7 Golf GTI. Sure, the engine will get a handful of updates but the core will be the same. Even more important, customers will get to choose between a ‘lesser’ variant with 242 horsepower on tap and a beef-up model, reportedly churning out 287 horsepower.

Torque is believed to be way over 258 pound-feet for the base VW Golf GTI and north of 273 pound-feet of twist for the range-topping model. Moreover, it’s expected that the latter will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 5.6-5.7 seconds onwards to a top speed of 155 mph. Helping the hot hatch in its performance endeavours will be either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch.

For the sake of comparison, the current U.S.-sold Mk7 Golf GTI makes do with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Those looking to taste electrification in the new Golf GTI will be disappointed, though. Volkswagen doesn’t have any plans to make it a hybrid, which is not the end of the world, really. Oh, and hear this out. According to Road & Track, Volkswagen isn’t sure whether to bring the standard Golf in the States or not, but the Mk8 GTI and Mk8 R will definitely be available on the U.S. market.

A New Volkswagen Golf GTI Is Coming with 287 Horsepower
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VW’s highly-versatile MQB platform will trickle down the new GTI, albeit with the required tweaks here and there. What’s more, Autocar mentions that VW’s engineers have given special attention to the car’s steering accuracy by reworking the current electro-mechanical setup for ‘added levels of feedback and a more direct ratio.’

There won’t be three-door Mk 8 Golf GTI anymore, as just a five-door body is to be offered for the new generation.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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