Paris 2012: Volkswagen GTI Leaked Before Debut

Th arrival of an all-new Volkswagen Golf usually leads to the introduction of an all-new GTI hot hatch. With the seventh-generation Golf making its debut this week at the Paris Motor Show, it’s not surprising VW plans on showing the MkVII GTI as well – but it is surprising to see photos so soon.

These photos, which leaked online from a number of sources this morning, allegedly show the new GTI “concept” which will debut later this week. According to reports, the new GTI will use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the 2013 Audi S3 tuned to 217 hp, modest 17-hp bump from the current GTI. However, the MkVII GTI should feel much faster, thanks to an extra 50 lb-ft of torque and a reportedly lighter curb weight than the current car’s 3034 pounds. Auto Express reports that the GTI will now make the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds, down from 6.9 seconds.

Expect to see both traditional six-speed manual and dual-clutch gearboxes, along with a raft of aesthetic upgrades. The GTI’s signature red-trimmed honeycomb grille makes an appearance here, along with vertical fog lights that boast sporty horizontal strakes. A new rendition of the classic “cheese slicer” five spoke wheels appears here, as do dual chrome-tipped exhausts. Inside, the MkVII Golf’s cabin is decked out in the requisite black/red/white tartan color scheme, and is highlighted by piano black trim. In keeping with the sporty motif, there is a new flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather and accented with red stitching.

With the MkVII VW Golf not slated to hit U.S. shores until early 2014, don’t expect to see the new GTI appear here until sometime later on that year. Stick with Automobile Magazine for all the news from the Paris Motor Show this week.

Source: Auto Express

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2013 Volkswagen GTI

MSRP $25,695 2.0T (Auto) 4-Door Hatchback


21 City / 31 Hwy

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