This is the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, revealed ahead of its official launch at the Geneva motor show next week.
The Mk7 Golf GTI is available in two variants: the regular GTI and GTI Perfomance. The regular GTI is powered by a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and sprints from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 152mph.
In GTI Performance form, the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produces 227bhp, gets from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. It also gets larger brake discs and a limited-slip differential.
Both models come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a six-speed DSG semi-automatic 'box is available as an option.
Manual versions of both variants return a claimed average economy of 47mpg and emit 139g/km of CO2. Standard GTIs with the DSG transmission average 44.1mpg and emit 148g/km, while auto versions of the GTI Performance do 43.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 149g/km.
Styling tweaks over the regular Golf include red brake calipers, twin chrome tailpipes, 18-inch alloys, smoked LED tail-lights, sports suspension and bi-xenon headlights.
Inside, the GTIs get traditional tartan-covered seats, red ambient lighting and a bespoke GTI steering wheel.
Prices haven't been confirmed, but we expect the standard three-door GTI to start at £25,845 and the five-door version to start at £26,500. We expect the DSG transmission to cost about £1400 and the Performance models to cost about £1000 more than the standard models. Order books open on March 26 with the first deliveries in June.
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