New 2013 VW Golf GTI revealed

* New Golf GTI revealed * Concept car at Paris motor show * Golf GTI on sale next year...

New 2013 VW Golf GTI revealed

This is the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, which has just been unveiled at the Paris motor show.

The car is powered by a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is around 10bhp from the power available in the current GTI.

VW says the new GTI is faster than the current model it has a top speed of 153mph, up from 149mph, and goes from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, down from 6.9 seconds.

A Performance Pack is a factory-fitted option that boosts power to 227bhp. VW says the pack also enhances the car's handling, because it includes a differential that reduces understeer. It also comes with larger front brakes.

The new GTI comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a six-speed DSG gearbox is an option. Fitted with the manual box, the Golf GTI averages 47.1mpg, and emits 140g/km of CO2. An engine stop-start system comes as standard on both manual and DSG versions.

As in the new Mark 7 VW Golf, which goes on sale early next year, the new GTI comes with new safety and infotainment systems.

The Golf GTI comes with red brake calipers, a honeycomb grille with a double red stripe, and chrome twin exhaust tailpipes.

The interior has the traditional Golf GTI tartan seats, as well as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, GTI golf ball gearknob and GTI red ambient lighting.

While the car on show in Paris is billed as a concept car, expect the production version to be largely unchanged when it goes on sale later next year.

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By Iain Reid