2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept is going to make its motor show debut in Paris this week. The seventh-generation of the emblematic model comes with new visual appearance, new technology, engines, safety and infotainment features.

The GTI Concept is powered by an advanced 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine which generates 220 hp (162 kW). In addition as an option the car will also be available with a "performance pack". It will enhance the car's maximum power to 230 hp (170 kW).

Furthermore, the entry-level car's maximum torque has been increased to 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) thus giving the Volkswagen impressive flexibility and in-gear acceleration. The acceleration time from zero to 100 km/h here is only 6.6 seconds and the top speed is153 mph. However, when the performance pack is added, the top speed is increased to 155 mph, and the sprint time falls to 6.5 seconds.

Another important thing to be mentioned is that this performance pack not only enhances the performance but also the handling, with front brake disc diameters increased, plus a front axle differential lock which reduces power-related understeer.

Next, both GTI versions will be equipped with a standard Stop/Start system. Their engines will be matched to a six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed DSG gearbox is available as an option for both power levels.

As a standard, here is included a variable ratio steering system which. This basically allows the person driving the car to turn the car through a desired radius with smaller movements of the steering wheel.

In addition the new Golf GTI has a variable steering ratio, which reduces steering input during maneuvering and parking. The car also benefits from the technological advancements included such as reduced weight, new safety systems (multi-collision brake) and innovative infotainment systems.

What distinguishes the concept model from the regular Golf VII are the numerous external and internal styling features, including red brake callipers, honeycomb grille with double red stripe detail, smoked LED rear lights and LED licence plate illumination and chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes.

The interior is equipped with tartan sports seats, a flat bottomed steering wheel, GTI golf ball gear knob and GTI-specific red ambience lighting hark back to cars of previous generations while remaining completely up to date and refreshed for the new generation.

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept is set to go on sale in early 2013.

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Source: Volkswagen