2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The seventh-generation GTI was shown in near production form at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
- For the first time in its history, it will be offered with a performance pack that boosts power beyond the standard model.
- The performance pack will also add a electronic locking differential and larger front brakes.
PARIS — Volkswagen rolled out a near production version of the seventh-generation GTI at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, and for the first time in the model's history it will offer two levels of power.
The standard 2014 Volkswagen GTI will use a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the optional performance pack, the engine is rated at 226 hp and an equivalent amount of torque.
Volkswagen says the standard model will go from zero to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds, while the upgraded version is a tenth quicker to the same speed. The top speed for the two models is expected to be 152 mph and 155 mph, respectively.
In addition to more horsepower, the performance pack will add an electronic locking front differential, a larger front brake system and a sport suspension that lowers the ride height by just over half an inch. All GTIs will also feature a new electromechanical steering system with a variable ratio that reduces the number of turns lock-to-lock.
Cosmetic changes to the Volkswagen GTI include red brake calipers, smoked taillights, chrome exhaust tips and a signature red stripe through the grille and headlights. For the first time, there are also "GTI" badges on the front quarter panels. All GTIs also get a unique flat-bottom steering wheel and red accented trim.
Sales of the standard Golf are expected to begin in early 2014, so the GTI could take up to two years before it goes on sale in the U.S.Edmunds says: Another subtle update to a car that never goes out of style.