While the photos still technically show a concept vehicle, previous GTI concepts have always stayed true to their styling when they made the jump to become production vehicles, so it’s safe to assume that the above photos show the next production GTI.
The Golf GTI sits about 15 millimeters lower than the standard Golf, and gets sportier bumpers, exterior style add-ons, bigger brakes, twin exhaust tips and the car’s signature Denver style wheels. The red strip across the nose has been extended to the outer sides of the headlights, and new a lower valence has been tacked on.
Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder that is supposed to get around 220 hp. A performance package is also said to be an option, that will boost the engine’s numbers to 230 hp, making the car capable of a 0-62 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds. The regular GTI will make the 0-62 mph dash happen in 6.6 seconds, using either a six-speed manual or an optional dual-clutch automatic that sends power to the front wheels.
The interior appears the same as the regular 2014 Golf, save the classic GTI plaid stitched seats, and some contrasting color stitching found around the cabin.
Thanks to VW’s new MQB platform, the Golf lineup has dropped 220 lbs, and has also gained 23 percent better fuel economy.