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Volkswagen reveals Golf GTI details

The Volkswagen Golf GTI will be available to order in the UK from March 26 and first deliveries are expected in June.

European prices have been confirmed at €28,350 (£24,525) but official UK prices have not been announced.

The new model will come in two power outputs from the four-cylinder TSI petrol – 218bhp for the standard GTI and 228bhp for the GTI Performance, which also comes with larger brake discs and a front limited-slip differential.

Both GTI models develop a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The standard GTI accelerates to 62mph in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 152 mph. The GTI Performance has a top speed of 155 mph and needs 6.4 seconds for the sprint to 62 mph.

Both versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system and fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014.

Both come fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and efficiency figures are at 47mpg and 139g/km CO2.

With the optional six-speed DSG gearbox, the two GTI models achieve fuel consumption figures of  44.1 mpg 43.5mpg respectively (equivalent to 148 and 149 g/km CO2).

Standard equipment includes red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and sports suspension.  The exterior features 17-inch ‘Brooklyn’ alloy wheels with 225/45 size tyres (18-inch ‘Austin’ alloys will be standard in the UK), special side sills, a rear diffuser and smoked LED rear lights, along with LED numberplate illumination. UK specification will also include bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Interior equipment includes sports seats with the classic tartan cloth upholstery, sports style steering wheel, gear level, instrument cluster, a black rooflining and red ambience lighting.


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