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Geneva Motor Show 2013: Golf MkVII GTi

Similar recipe for the 7th Gen GTi with one treat...

The hot hatch market has just got a little hotter… (did we really just say that?) as Volkswagen has revealed the new 2013 Golf GTi ahead of its reveal to the world at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

It’s generally business as usual for this 7th Generation GTi, with the more rakish looks of the Golf Mk7 helping to give a much more sporting appearance. Up front there is the usual honeycomb grille with red trim, though on this latest model the red strip runs along the bottom of the grille and across into the headlights – a bold styling statement and an expensive choice for VW as it means these headlight units are bespoke to the GTi. The bumper has a large grille in the centre, with slatted vents hiding the DRL LEDs at either side. At the rear there is a diffuser (we’re not sure if it does anything) and twin exhaust pipes. The GTi rides on 17” wheels as standard with 18” rims an option.

Inside there is the the GTi standard tartan seat trim and you get the new improved dash of the Mk7 with a massively improved infotainment system and a driver-oriented fascia.

The GTi will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine and for the first time there will be two variants – the GTi and the GTi Performance Package (PP). The GTi gets 217 bhp and 258 lb/ft of torque and manages the 0 – 62 mph dash in 6.5 seconds on the way to a 153 mph top speed.

The GTi PP sports 227 bhp and the numbers are 6.4 seconds and 155 mph. The GTi PP also gets larger vented disc brakes all round. Both models are available with the standard six speed manual gearbox or the optional six speed DSG twin clutch automatic gearbox.

Prices haven’t been confirmed yet, but expect the Gti to start at around £26,000. DSG should cost an extra £1500, 5 doors another £650 and the Performance Package should be around £1000. So expect a top spec 5dr DSG GTi PP to be around £29,000 before you add any options. If the current GTi is anything to go by you can expect to see a fair few £32,000 Golfs being specced.

Alternatively you could look to the 2nd hand market and get the previous generation GTi with just 53,000 miles for £13,250 right here – is the new car worth double the older car?

Images courtesy of Volkswagen

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more