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