Automotive Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTi

Published on November 1st, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Arriving In Malaysia To Retake Its Crown

Will there be just one variant of the Golf Mk8 or more?

It is long overdue and the timing could not better as Malaysia gets another 6 months’ extension to the SST discount on new cars.

The local Volkswagen office has teased the arrival of this brand new Golf and we should be seeing it in showrooms before November 2021 ends.

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 CKD_2021

In September last year (2020) we reported that this Golf Mk8 was spotted in test plates in Kuantan, which is very near the Volkswagen Pekan assembly plant.

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled in February 2020 and it carried a lot of shared cabin technology and features from Audi. This iconic nameplate started in 1976 as the first generation Golf, the Mk1 (we still have in our garage an all original Mk1 GTI) and now 45 years later this hot hatch continues to excite fans from across the globe.

Volkswagen Golf Mk1_1976

The selling price of this GTI in Britain starts at £33,460 (about RM189,000) for the 6-speed manual-equipped variant, and £34,960 (about RM195,000) with a quick-shifting 7-speed DSG.

So, do not expect its selling price to be near what the Mk5 GTI was sold for 15 years ago, which was RM199.000.

This new GTI delivers 245 PS and 370 Nm on tap from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which allows it to reach 100km/h from a standstill in just 6.2 seconds in its quickest, DSG-equipped version. A top speed of 250km/h is easily reached.  

The VW Golf GTI Mk8 brings with it a comprehensive standard equipment package, including styling upgrades, new convenience features and the latest driver assistance systems.

At the front, the Golf GTI gets an illuminated grille strip, as well as LED fog lights in the GTI’s distinctive honeycomb design, with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights completing the light signature. A set of 18-inch ‘Richmond’ alloy wheels gives the GTI a purposeful look from the side.

At the rear, a pair of chrome plated tailpipes sits beneath a uniquely styled GTI bumper – the GTI receives bespoke front and rear bumpers as part of its assertive, sporty look. A roof spoiler also marks out the back, as well as smoked LED tail lights with dynamic turn signals.

On the inside, the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s sports seats are clad in a new iteration of the Golf GTI’s distinctive Jacara check cloth, while the sports steering wheel is leather-wrapped and heated, with paddle shifters for the DSG-equipped variant.

The gearshift knob is finished in aluminium, while Black Metal Chrome dash and door panels bring a sleek look to the interior. A keyless entry and start/stop system, 3-Zone climate control and electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors with built-in puddle lights all also feature as standard.

The car’s driver assistance systems include lane change assist and Travel Assist with Side Assist and Emergency Assist. A new front locking differential and Vehicle Dynamics Manager system are also included, delivering an even sharper and agile driving experience, along with the unrivalled long-distance comfort that Volkswagen has woven into the DNA of the GTI over the past 45 years.

The new Vehicle Dynamics Manager function controls all electromechanically adjustable running systems such as the XDS electronic differential, alongside the new locking differential and optional adaptive dampers. The result is a significantly enhanced balance between maximum driving dynamics and the highest levels of comfort.

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