2023-11-27 2015 VW Golf GTI Starts at $25,215 – Arrives Stateside in June [Update] - autoevolution

2015 VW Golf GTI Starts at $25,215 – Arrives Stateside in June [Update]

News about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is spreading across Vdub forums like wildfire. Apparently, the model will start at $25,215 (including $820 destination and handling) and will hit dealerships in June, big news for lots of people waiting to trade out of their Mk6 hatches.
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The information isn't featured on VW's media outlets yet. It's just a report from Autoweek, though given the proximity to New York's big auto event it's probably a very credible report.

$25,215 –That's what you pay for a 2014 Toyota Camry SE or a Nissan Rogue. However, that's only the base version of the GTI, fitted with two doors (3-door hatch) and a six-speed manual.

According to the source, the power rating is just 210 and 258 lb-ft of torque. That's still 10 hp and 51 lb-ft up from the previous generation, but it's hardly impressive considering Ford's Focus ST is officially rated at 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, plus it costs about the same (cheaper if you include the cashback).

The numbers sound a little off when compared to the European model, which puts down 220 hp as standard and 230 hp with a special power pack upgrade. But VW owners will of course realize the power rating systems are different, the American "horse" being a little bit more "dense".

If you want more power, VW USA sells the Performance Pack with an extra 10-hp, bigger brakes and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential for $1,495. Oddly, there's no mention of DSG availability, though Dynamic Chassis Control sold for $800 and the $995 lighting package are mentioned.

Based on the MQB platform, the GTI remains a hot version of the Golf, this time a seventh-generation model. Both variants are built at VW's plant in Puebla, Mexico. The radical new Golf R with almost 300-hp and all-wheel drive will join them next year, offering even more hardcore performance at a price north of the $30,000 mark.

Update: The report went official today, as Volkswagen USA released a full press release which you can find right here. Yes, DSG has been confirmed and is a $1,100 option. The Autobahn edition is still available.
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