2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Revealed, On Sale In Australia From Fourth Quarter

TMR Team | Feb 27, 2013

Volkswagen has given its new 2014 Golf GTI hot hatch an early unveiling this week, revealing final details ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.

As expected, the new GTI is identical to the thinly-veiled concept revealed in Paris last year. The requisite styling tweaks are all there, including the iconic red garnish, a sports body kit and big alloy wheels.

The new hot hatch will go on sale in Europe in the coming weeks, and Volkswagen Australia has confirmed with TMR that a local debut is set for the fourth quarter of this year.

Mechanical Package

Driven by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the new GTI gets a moderate power boost over its predecessor.

Output is up from 155 to 162kW at 6400rpm, and torque grows from 280 to 350Nm, available from 1500rpm.

For the first time, Volkswagen will also offer an optional factory performance pack, boosting power to 171kW.

A six-speed manual transmission remains the standard shifter, and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch auto will also be available as an option.

In manual form, Volkswagen promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds (6.4 with Performance pack), marking a small improvement over the 6.9 second time of the current Mk6 model.

European fuel consumption figures drop to 6.0 l/100km on the combined cycle, thanks to new engine efficiencies, lighter construction and a new stop-start system.

The new GTI, in three-door form, weighs in at 1350kg.

Features

Standard features in European trim include 17-inch "Brooklyn" alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 rubber, red-painted brake calipers, twin chrome exhaust tips and a lowered sports-tuned suspension package.

In the cabin, there's a new "Clark" tartan pattern, black headliner, red ambient lighting, sports steering wheel, GTI badging, stainless steel pedals and special trim inserts.

Automatic climate control is standard, along with Park Assist, a touchscreen infotainment system and, depending on market, heated front seats.

Australia

The new GTI will make its Australian debut in the fourth quarter of this year, while the regular Golf range will land in the coming months.

The new Golf R will also be given an unveiling in the coming weeks.

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  • Mo Kargas says,
    2 years ago
    4 likes
    Yup, I'm sold.
    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      Yup, I'm sold.


      U can have it and the wonderful DSG and software issues

      Rather a WRX, would destroy this without a sweat

      • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
        2 years ago
        4 likes
        But the WRX is ugly and the inside is a smorgasboard of lunchbox plastic. (in my opinion, obviously.)

        Not everyone is focused 100% on performance. Some of us want a nice balance.
        • james says,
          6 months ago
          Thats when you take the good with the bad.


      • Mo Kargas says,
        2 years ago
        As Balthazaaaargh says, I'm not focused on outright performance. I'm selling a 400hp V8 for one of these in the hope of better economy, interior quality and comfort and to downsize to a car more suitable to the city I now inhabit most of the time.

        I also don't recall mentioning I would be buying the DSG model, though all I've heard about it so far is anecdotal evidence that it doesn't work.
  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    2 years ago
    Volvo V40 R-Design seems nicer and better built I hear for $49k

    "187kW/360Nm (400Nm with overboost) 2.5 litre"
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      2 years ago
      Depends on what you want. The V40 R-Design only comes with an auto, and it's not even a dual-clutch auto.

      I think it looks terrific, but the transmission will turn away the more enthusiast-oriented folks.
      • MattJelonek
        MattJ says,
        2 years ago
        True point there, but having the DSG gearbox now in my 6R Polo GTI is brilliant, i'm now actually looking at the long run as I will probably sell when it has around 100,000kms and hope the gear box will still be working by then otherwise i'll be out of warranty and have a broken DSG.
        • Roger says,
          2 years ago
          1 like
          My mates was stuffed at 75K, and it wasnt serviceable so it was $4k for a new one. Its a nice idea but the project leader for the Focus ST said it was not viable to include a DSG at that price point, and I think he is right. He obviously knew his stuff as Volkswagen poached him for a competition Polo GTi project.
    • Mo Kargas says,
      2 years ago
      You know I might have panned the Volvo, but it looks pretty good. I think back to back test-drives with the GTI and R-Design are in order.
  • JT says,
    2 years ago
    Holy cow those red calipers should add atleast another 10kw.

    Really good looking and should be heaps of fun with the manual 6!
  • ClaireP says,
    2 years ago
    I just bought mine. Pick it up Friday. Carbon steel looks the goods with the red calipers. I've opted for the DSG due to alot of city driving but have extended the warranty
    just incase of any issues down the track.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      2 years ago
      Do you mean you've just bought a Mk6? Because this is the Mk7, a completely new model not yet available in Australia...

      I guess that says something about how similar it looks to the current/outgoing model, haha.
  • JB says,
    2 years ago
    Is max torque only available from 2500 RPM?

    Elsewhere I've read 1500 RPM, which seems more likely given the Mark VI GTI delivers max torque at 1700.
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      2 years ago
      Hi JB,

      You're dead right. Classic case of "the '2' key is too close to the '1' key for fat-fingered journos" typo.
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