The website enables customers to specify their GTI through a step-by-step configurator, choosing, colours, options and upholstery. At the end of the process, the customer is given a Unique Reference Number (URN). The customer then needs to save the order, print it off and take it to their nearest Volkswagen retailer, where the order is placed fully.
Robert McAllister, product marketing manager for the Golf, says: “We fully expect demand for the new GTI to outstrip supply in its first year of sale. This website will allow customers to get their order in early so that they can be among the first to have the new GTI on their driveway.”
A turbocharged 198bhp 2.0-litre FSI petrol engine is available from launch. A six-speed manual transmission is provided as standard, while Volkswagen’s DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) will also be available.
The site contains a wealth of information about the fifth generation GTI, including indicative pricing and specification details. The new model is projected to cost £19,995 on the road for the three-door, with the five-door carrying a £500 premium. All prices and specification are expected to be confirmed on September 25, the day that the car makes its public debut at the Paris Motor Show.