2014 Volkswagen GTI
The Volkswagen GTI has been one of the favorites in the hot-hatch segment, and its next iterations will be doing all it can to keep that competitive edge. First, by using VW’s new MQB platform, the new GTI should be lighter than its past generations. Pair that with the new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which will likely make around 260-hp, and its easy to get excited about the upcoming hot-hatch.
Helping to make all that power useful in the front wheels is a new “VAQ electronically controlled front differential” which adjusts the optimal locking power depending on the driving situation. This means the vehicle should remain neutral when taken to its limits. According to Volkswagen, the GTI achieves a 8-second faster lap time around the Nurburgring, with this new front differential.
The new GTI will also likely feature a new 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection and even a full 360 degree parking sensor with semi-autonomous park assist.