Published on May 8th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7, Unmatched Segment Performance
The all new 7th generation Volkswagen Golf GTI (Golf GTI Mk7) was designed to not only be an everyday family friendly car but also a true driver’s car around bends where the GTI allows the driver to straighten out the bends to easily ride it out without any fuss. With engine power to match many cars costing twice the price and handling that might shame cars costing more, this all new GTI again powers the adrenalin of car enthusiasts.
The Golf GTI Mk7 is powered by an advanced engine of the EA888 series a 2-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) with a new cylinder head design. The TSI produces 220 PS (from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm). The sports car icon is optionally available in a performance-enhanced version as the Golf GTI Performance. In this version, the engine produces 230 PS (from 4,700 to 6,200 rpm). Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system as standard and, with a 6-speed gearbox, they attain the same low NEDC fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (CO2: 139 g/km).
The combined fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI was thereby reduced by 1.3 litres per 100 km, or 18 per cent, compared to the previous model (210 PS). A 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for both power levels. The recognised high agility of the Golf GTI has been increased once again in the new model compared to the previous model. In two stages:
- Stage 1 – the standard GTI: The 220 PS base version now outputs 10 PS more than the previous model. At the same time, its maximum torque was increased by a considerable 70 Nm to 350 Nm (from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm). Equipped in this way, the Golf GTI makes its appearance with highly superior flexibility values: in fourth gear, the Golf GTI accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in 5.0 seconds; in fifth gear, it takes 6.0 seconds. Other data that must not be overlooked in a GTI: the new one accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h.
- Stage 2 – the GTI Performance: Those choosing a Golf GTI with the performance pack ignite the second stage. As mentioned, the car’s power is increased by 10 PS here, while its maximum torque is identical. The 230 PS of power enables a top speed of 250 km/h and just 6.4 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h. Its maximum torque of 350 Nm is available from 1,500 to 4,600 rpm.
This Mk7 Golf GTI is offered with a standard sport suspension that is tuned to the higher power of the Volkswagen car. Therefore, the body was lowered 15 mm compared to the other VW Golf models. In front, a MacPherson suspension provides for precise tracking; at the rear, there is the modular performance suspension. Equipped as standard with the further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamic function and the new progressive steering system (significantly smaller steering angle input required from one end stop to the other: just over two full turns), the Golf GTI is advancing more than ever into the realm of high-class and significantly more expensive sports cars with its agile and safe handling properties.
Visit a Volkswagen showroom and test drive this all new Golf GTI. For more information visit www.volkswagen.com.my