Volkswagen has announced the new Golf GTI, which will make its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The 7th generation of GTI will be also available in Performance variant with more power. Starting price is 28,350 with first order books open up in early March in Germany.

The engine is the well-known 2.0 liter turbocharged petrol with 220HP (162 kW) and 350Nm of torque. The GTI Performance will have 230HP and the same torque. 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically limited. The car boasts a super-low fuel consumption of just 6.0 liters / 100 km with manual gearbox (47 mpg UK) and 6.4 liters (44.1 mpg UK) for the automatic model.

The Golf VII GTI comes with lowered suspension, 17" alloy wheels fitted with 225/45 R17 tires, a new body kit with a built-in rear diffuser and wider side sills. The interior features a pair of sports seats, a new more ergonomic steering wheels and new pedals.

The brakes are also improved – 314 mm ventilated front discs and 300mm unventilated rears. The Performance models will have lated discs on all wheels, with 342mm discs at the front and 310mm at the back.

The curb weight of the vehicle is just 1,351 kg (2,978 lbs).

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Market launch in Europe: Initial markets starting May 2013. Debut of first generation Golf GTI: 1976. Engine: Four-cylinder TSI (turbocharged direct petrol injection); front transverse engine; displacement 1,984 cc; bore/stroke 82.5/92.8 mm; compression ratio 9.8:1. Power: 162 kW / 220 PS from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm. Torque: 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm. Gearboxes / drive type: Manual 6-speed gearbox; automatic 6-speed DSG; front-wheel drive. Brakes: Disc brakes front and rear, front 312 x 25 mm, ventilated; rear 300 x 12 mm. Fuel consumption / CO2 emissions (manual): 6.0 l/100 km; 139 g/km CO2. Driving performance (manual): 0-100 km/h in 6.5 s; V/max 246 km/h. Unladen weight: 1,351 kg (base version including driver [68 kg], luggage [7 kg] and 90 % filled fuel tank; calculated as per RL 92/21/EEC.

GTI Performance:

Power: 169 kW / 230 PS from 4,700 to 6,200 rpm. Torque: 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,600 rpm. front axle differential lock (VAQ). Brakes: Disc brakes front and rear, front 340 x 30 mm, ventilated; rear 310 x 22 mm, ventilated. Driving performance (manual): 0-100 km/h in 6.4 s; V/max 250 km/h.

Source: Volkswagen