2013 VW Golf GTI (Mk7) Fresh Details

The next generation of the VW Golf is just around the corner and we have mixed feelings about it. The MQB does manage to shed some weigh off the current generation, but that’s to be expected in this market. Besides that, its only role is to make sure VW makes more money on every car by making parts and components more universal across the model range.
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But what about the GTI? Well, we’ve said time and time again that the MkV is still a great vehicle that basically changed the hot hatch marketplace by blending a bit of power, efficiency and a comfort. But in trying to overcome their weaknesses against the Golf, its rivals have found new strengths. The Megane RS, Opel Astra OPC are more powerful than the Golf and more focused as well.

Rumor has it the new Golf will arrive with a re-tuned 2.0-liter engine. Previous reports suggest the output is 260 hp, and an electronic differential will be fitted.

But a recent report from Car Magazine suggests the game won’t be mored on that far, as only about 220 hp will be on tap. If this is true, than we’re not going to look at a hot Golf the same way for a long time.

The Megane RS can already sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6 seconds, and so can the Opel Astra OPC (though it’s too expensive), but the Golf GTI will only do it in 6.7 seconds.

It’s not all bad news, however, as reports from Wolfsburg suggest it will be 30mm lower, with a wheelbase is around 50mm longer. But while that means it will handle better, it still doesn’t make it scorching hot.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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