With just a few days before its official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the eighth generation Volkswagen Golf GTI has been revealed to the world. The first Golf GTI has been launched in 1976, and now, after 44 years of perfecting it and improving it, Volkswagen described the 2021 GTI as “fully digitalized and networked,” perfect for the modern era. If that is true or not only time will tell!
The biggest change was made under the hood where the 2.0-litre turbocharged and direct injection four–cylinder engine now delivers a total of 245 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque – a significant improvement over the previous 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox (MQ350) as standard. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DQ381 DSG) is available as an option.
The exterior look of the GTI has also been changed a lot, but you can still recognize the soul of the car. The standard LED headlights are positioned low down and form a striking crossbar in conjunction with the radiator grille. The radiator grille is illuminated as a continuation of the LED strip for the first time. The front grille is larger and features the usual honeycomb-pattern and it is framed on the outside by black applique, with a striking wing-like design on the sides. The new GTI insignia also includes the optional foglights which are now integrated in an X-shape into the air intake grille.
The side profiles feature the eye-catching, standard 17-inch Richmond aluminum-alloy wheels, unique to the GTI. Optional 18-inch or 19-inch rims are available.
The interior is also a little bit sportier and more technologically advanced. The usual sport steering wheel is now offered as a multifunction leather sport steering wheel with touch controls and an available Travel Assist button to help the powerful Golf models reach a top speed of 130 mph while Travel Assist is engaged.
The 2021 GTI also comes with the latest Innovision Cockpit that includes the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit and the 10-inch navigation system.
Prices will be announced closer to market launch.