Fans of Volkswagen’s legendary GTI can now get into a new Performance model, with the special enhancement pack making its Australian debut this week.
Priced at $48,490 - $500 more than initially confirmed in October last year - the auto-only GTI Performance enters the range above the DSG-equipped GTI.
The regular GTI models have also gone up by $500 each since their October launch.
As for the auto-only Performance, VW says the cost of development for market homologation moved headquarters to allow our market only one transmission. The company says it expects the majority of buyers to prefer an auto.
The Performance’s premium price brings a number of enhancements, including a power boost, a special new electronic differential and bigger brakes.
In GTI Performance form, the GTI’s 2.0 litre turbocharged engine gets a boost from 162 to 169kW, available between 4700 and 6200rpm.
Torque is unchanged at 350Nm, but maximum twist is now available between 1500rpm and 4600rpm.
Volkswagen promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds, making the GTI Performance just one tenth quicker than the regular model.
The new pack is about handling and dynamics however, and the Performance addresses that with a new electronic differential that offers a variable degree of lock.
The new system, which sends power to the outside wheel in corners, works together with the GTI’s XDL system as it brakes the inside wheel.
The result? Reduced understeer and quicker corner exit speeds. Volkswagen says the system also reduces reliance on ESC without disabling it completely.
The Performance pack also brings larger brakes, up from 312 and 300mm (front/back) to 340 and 310mm. Red calipers help the enhanced setup stand out.
Also in the looks department, the GTI Performance gets unique 19-inch ‘Santiago’ wheels wrapped in 225/35 rubber, and there’s also bi-xenon headlights and the Golf R’s dark tinted tail lights.
The GTI Performance takes the rest of its features from the regular GTI models - which our reviews have shown to be an impressive piece of kit.
Watch for Kez Casey’s review of the GTI Performance, and the new Golf R, this week.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Golf GTI - manual - $41,990
- Golf GTI - auto - $44,490
- Golf GTI Performance - auto - $48,490
- 2014 Golf R - 6 Speed Manual - $51,990
- 2014 Golf R - 6 Speed DSG - $54,490
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