Volkswagen Golf GTI 2024: the last combustion engine?

With the recent update of the Volkswagen Golf, which is a facelift of the eighth generation, some quite interesting changes came. Also the new Volkswagen Golf GTI 2024, which could be the last one to maintain the current concept. While there is still speculation about a ninth electric generation and the transformation to the GT-rayito signature, something that was advanced through the ID.GTI Concept prototype, we are going to focus on the present. Because the new copy comes with improvements important.

While the bulk of the Golf range will focus on electrified versions, plug-in hybrids or more conventional combustion ones; The GTI is the only one that maintains the 2.0 TSI four-cylinder. The legendary turbocharged engine has been in the brand for many years and it was easy for it to receive an improvement. It applies it at power level and reaches up to 265 hp, although at the moment the torque figure and the rest of the specifications are unknown. We assume that it will drop the 6.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h of the previous GTI. Needless to say, it is only offered with front-wheel drive and with the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, having abandoned the manual transmission.

On an aesthetic level, the Golf GTI has few changes. They are the ones introduced by the facelift, with the new optics that are joined in the center as in the electric ID family, in addition to more voluptuous bumpers. The specific point is the honeycomb grille, those fog lights that evoke a checkered flag or the black diffuser with two circular exhaust outlets. In this variant, 19-inch wheels with a new design appear, in addition to the two-tone body with a black roof.

Something similar happens inside and there are some unique touches for the GTI. The Top sports seats It has mixed upholstery with contrasting stitching in red, a color that is repeated in some interior trim and that matches the sports steering wheel. Optionally they can be equipped carbon fiber elements for the first time in this model. In digital instrumentation there are a series of specific menus.

Is the Volkswagen Golf GTI going to be the top of the range? Clearly not. The German brand is going to continue with its philosophy with this model and the most performance-oriented ones are expected for the second half of the year. On the list are the Golf GTI Clubsport and its set-up closer to the circuit, which could come lighter and with extra power. The top step could only be occupied by the Golf Rthe only one that will maintain 4Motion all-wheel drive and exceed 300 HP to achieve performance typical of higher segments.

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