The Geneva Motor Show continues as Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the new Golf GTI.

The Geneva Motor Show continues as Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the 2013 Golf GTI.

Looking virtually identical to the concept, the production model has a sporty body kit with modified bumpers, a rear diffuser and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. There's also xenon headlights, honeycomb grille inserts and chromed exhaust tips. Other highlights include tinted taillights, a sport-tuned suspension (which lowers the ride height by 15mm) and 17- to 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior also gets a makeover as it has been equipped with tartan pattern sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and red accent stitching. Other changes include gloss black trim, a unique gear knob, stainless steel pedals and red ambient lighting.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 220 HP (162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 10 HP (7 kW) and 70 Nm (52 lb-ft). This enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).

If that's not fast enough, an optional performance package increases the output to 230 HP (169 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The extra oomph enables the hatchback to run from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). While the power boost isn't that noticeable, the package also includes enlarged brakes and a VAQ electronically locking front differential.

Besides being more powerful, the GTI is more fuel efficient thanks to an engine start/stop system and the new MQB platform. These changes enable the manual-equipped model to average 6.0 L/100km (39.2 mpg US / 47.0 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

The Golf GTI will go on sale this May and German pricing starts at €28,350.

Check out the press release for additional information

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