The seventh generation Golf GTI will soon arrive to Volkswagen dealers across the Middle East, following 37 years of unprecedented global success. The Golf GTI, which is produced at the German Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, has sold nearly 1.9 million models to date worldwide, making it the most successful model of its type in the world. The Golf GTI is defined by a fundamental standard for dynamic performance that is more precise than any other compact car. This iconic car has a huge fan following in the Middle East, and they are waiting eagerly to test the latest addition.
This compact sports car is powered by a turbocharged petrol, direct-injection engine (TSI) with 162 kW / 220 HP coming as standard and accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 244 km/h. It has succeeded in blending sportiness and driving fun with the strengths of the Golf into a unique concept of compact sport sedans. The 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox helps to reach DIN fuel consumption value of 6.01/100 km and hence offers an 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model.
Thomas Milz, Managing Director, Volkswagen Middle East, says “The new Golf GTI is sportier than ever and has been one of the most eagerly anticipated new models for 2013. The Golf GTI has long been a favourite amongst automotive enthusiasts across the Middle East and last year accounted for 60% of all Golf model sales in the AGCC. This model represents pure dynamics with all of the everyday utility qualities of the Golf, the seventh generation of which was launched in the Middle East in January and voted ‘World Car of the Year’. Golf GTI fans have every reason to be excited for this driving experience and can now contact their local dealers to schedule a test drive.”
The new Golf GTI is distinguished from other cars in the model series by numerous additional features and classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, they include the red painted brake callipers, smoked LED rear lights in a custom design as well as chrome tailpipes on the left and right. The production colours Red, Black and White have been a trademark for the Golf GTI since its early days. The typical GTI insignia are indispensable in the interior as well. The seat covers in the legendary tartan pattern, in the previous model, was redesigned to offer exceptionally good ergonomic properties. In addition, the seats and door trim panels can also be ordered with ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery. The seventh generation of the Golf GTI is the first to be launched with standard technology highlights such as progressive steering, the Driver Alert System, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamics function.