German Media says the 2021 Volkswagen Gold GTI could push 300 horsepower

Volkswagen has always offered a GTI version of its Golf hatchback, but in recent years their hot hatch offering has started to look a bit safe and tame compared to some of the newer, bonkers rivals it has competed against over the years - especially in terms of power. The current GTI can be had with up to 286 horsepower if you opt for the limited series TCR model, but apparently, the next-gen 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI may have just as much power in standard form.

What Do We Know About the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI?

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI High Resolution Exterior
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Most Golf GTIs sold today have under 240 metric horsepower, so the TCR is the very pinnacle of the front-wheel-drive Golf range.

But, even it lags behind the Civic Type-R, for instance, and the Honda isn’t even any kind of special model; that’s the only way they sell it.

With the next generation GTI, however, the power gap between the regular model and rivals might close and, in some cases, give the Golf the upper hand.

AutoBild reports the next GTI’s engine might push out 300 metric horsepower (296 brake horsepower), a big hike over the current model’s output. However, the source seems a bit unclear regarding whether or not this power level will be that of the standard GTI or if you’ll have to opt for the more expensive and more focused GTI Performance.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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The current Golf GTI Performance’s 2.0-liter, TSI, turbo engine makes 245 metric horsepower, but the TCR model (the model VW has chosen to send off the current Golf GTI with) may hint at a much more powerful replacement. So basically, the new hot front-wheel-drive Golf may have around 250 metric horsepower in standard guise and that figure could be pushed closer to 300 metric horsepower in the even hotter “Performance” version. As a reminder, the most powerful variant of the current GTI is the Clubsport S. It has 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

But with that kind of output, the GTI will encroach upon Golf R territory - the current Golf R (VW’s all-wheel-drive Golf range performance flagship) makes right around that much power.

This leads us to believe VW is planning to push the Golf R more into hyper hatch territory and challenge rivals that have around 400 horsepower (think Mercedes-AMG A45, Audi RS3, and the next front-wheel-drive-biased BMW M140i).
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Exterior
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We will have to wait a while to find out how this all pans out, though, since the next Golf GTI probably won’t be revealed until 2020 as a 2021 model. The regular version of the hatch will most likely be shown at the 2019 Geneva motor show where we’ll be present to provide live photos and the latest information. But if you can’t wait for that, check out our rendering preview of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk.8.

Volkswagen Golf R Volkswagen Golf GTI
Engine 2.0L inline four cylinder, 16V, turbocharged/intercooled, TSI 2.0L inline four cylinder, 16V, turbocharged/intercooled, TSI
Bore 3.25 in 3.25 in
Stroke 3.65 in 3.65 in
Displacement 1984 cc 1984 cc
Compression Ratio 9.6:1 9.6:1
Horsepower 288 HP @ 5,400 RPM 228 HP @ 4,700 RPM
Torque 280 LB-FT @ 1,800 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,500 RPM
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 21/29/24 24/32/27
0 to 100 km/h 4.9 seconds 5.5 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph 155 mph

Further reading

The 2021, MK.8 Volkswagen Golf GTI Might Have as Much Power as the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Source: AutoBild

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