Paris 2012: Volkswagen Golf GTI concept
If it's a concept where are the gullwing doors and jet packs then? Oh. It's not.
It’s still a 2.0-litre turbo, running a development of the EA888 direct-injection turbo engine (plus manual or DSG gearboxes), but producing 10hp more with a new output of 220hp. More interesting still, Volkswagen has also confirmed a ‘performance pack’ version, boosting power to 230hp.
More significantly, the performance pack model also gets 17-inch front discs, an inch larger than standard, plus a development of VW’s active front diff which engineering chief Dr Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed will significantly reduce understeer. VW calls it VAQ.
How potent is the performance pack variant? Well, it’s already been timed at 13 seconds quicker than the standard car around the Nurburgring. What was that about it being a mere concept again? Alas, VW hasn’t yet confirmed how the performance pack cars will be branded. We like the press pack suggestion of ‘stage 1’ and ‘stage 2’ though…
And the looks? Well, it’s a Golf GTI. You’ll know how it looks without even seeing it. Still, the Mk5-led differentiation continues here with plenty of GTI addenda, although we’re not quite sure about the extended red stripe on the headlights. OK, it references the wide grille of Mk 1 and 2 GTIs, but also looks a bit… odd.
Good job the rest of the car is so on the money.
Wish I was at the Paris show. One of the things I enjoy are the goofball choreographed shows that often come with car launches. Oh, and the fit lady dancers being very erm, impressive.
The 'red stripe through headlights' seems to be a crazy departure from the norm.
Having said that, although I may well plump for one of the performance Golfs in a year or so, I'm slightly underwhelmed. I had thought that the MQB architecture would have supported something a bit 'cleverer' in terms of weight loss and layout.
The German press have also been reporting the somewhat unimpressive 'Werkstuning' pack. Maybe the UK (traditionally the receiver of equipment bundling in the standard spec, when compared with the continent) might get 230PS from the off.
I like it, though. The car, not the banner.
I did always think that these always made more than their headline figures. The one in the Fifth Gear fuel test made 235bhp on normal petrol while evo mag have recorded similar in the past