The all-new VW Golf eight GTI has arrived (in Europe) and on this POV video, we get our first have a look at what it’s wish to drive the new hatch, greater than a yr earlier than it arrives within the USA as a 2022MY in late 2021.
Like the previous-generation Golf GTI, the brand new mannequin is powered by the corporate’s EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 242 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. These are the identical figures because the Mk7 Golf GTI Performance however are nonetheless nicely under the horsepower and torque rankings of different front-wheel drive scorching hatches.
Shoppers can purchase the new GTI with both a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed guide. The reviewer on this clip was testing the six-speed and was in a position to attain 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.three seconds whereas hitting 124 mph (200 km/h) in 22.1 seconds. While testing out the rolling acceleration, the automobile wanted 15.5 seconds to go from 62 mph to 124 mph.
During the video, the reviewer provides that the brand new Golf GTI sounds surprisingly good and affords up some pops and bangs from the exhaust, including to the driving expertise and making it that little much less Germanic.
From a visible standpoint, the brand new Golf GTI tries to distinguish from lesser variants because of a brand new decrease entrance grille with a honeycomb mesh and non-obligatory X-shaped LED fog lights. The hatch additionally receives a brand new rear bumper, black aspect skirts, distinctive alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, and twin tailpipes. Few adjustments have been made to the cabin and are restricted to a sports activities steering wheel, some trimmings of pink and silver, and signature tartan sports activities seats.