The firm has combined the two tiers of ‘GT’ and ‘Sport’ into a single new model known as, wait for it…‘GT Sport’.
It now looks closer to the GTi and R32 models at the front, with a darkened grille section, darkened head lights and front fog lamps.
In profile, you can spot a the new GT Sport by the subtle tint to the rear windows and a set of 17-inch multi-spoke ‘ClassiXs’ alloy wheels fitted with 225/45 R17 tyres.
At the rear twin chrome exhausts on the 170 PS models are joined by discreet ‘GT Sport’ badges.
Inside, a leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake are fitted along with front sports seats, automatic light sensing headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers. The models also get Climatic air conditioning, a CD stereo system with eight speakers and electric windows. Six airbags, ABS and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) complete decent levels of standard equipment.
The innovative 1.4-litre TSI engine which utilises both a supercharger and a turbocharger is available in 140 PS and 170 PS guises; the other choice is a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine which shares the same outputs of 140 PS and 170 PS. Both petrol and diesel engines are available mated to a choice of six-speed manual or DSG transmissions.
The new Golf GT Sport will be available in both three and five-door body styles when deliveries start later in the summer, joining the existing S and Match trim levels in the Golf model range. Prices are set to start at £17,422 for the entry-level three-door variant specified with a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS engine, rising to £21,352 for the five-door model fitted with the 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS engine with DSG transmission.