2015 Volkswagen GTI Debuts Lighter, More Athletic

2015 Volkswagen GTI Debuts Lighter, More Athletic

Volkswagen’s cult-followed GTI hot hatch debuted in its seventh generation today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Built on the same MQB architecture as the Audi A3 and its Golf sibling, the car sheds roughly 54 lbs over the current model. Last September, Volkswagen brought what it called a “design concept” to the Paris Motor Show, but the production car on display in Geneva looks almost identical.

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As you would expect from the GTI, it sits lower than the Golf and wears a more imposing body kit. It also gets lower sport-tuned suspension, a spoiler, smoked taillights, red brake calipers, a dual exhaust, special accents and 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior is trimmed with GTI badges, “Clark” tartan pattern cloth trimmed seats, steel pedals, a sport steering wheel and more.

That isn’t all, though. It also gets more powerful, with its 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged four cylidner making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque — a figure that raises to 230 hp with an optional performance package. Unfortunately, it isn’t clear if that bolstered version of the car will reach U.S. dealers.

Without the performance pack, the car runs from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds and only drops a tenth of a second with the optional extra power.

Volkswagen reports the car managing a combined 39.2 mpg when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, although that is based on the European test cycle. The car is also available with a six-speed dual clutch gearbox, but VW hasn’t said how fuel consumption figures stack up to the stick.

German buyers will be able to take one home from showrooms in May, but North American delivery won’t happen until later this year, which means EPA estimates should be available soon.

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