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The mk7 GTI revealed...

Post by Randum » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:34 am

Taken from http://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24
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New Golf GTI produces 217 HP in standard version and 227 HP with performance pack
Production version of seventh Golf GTI debuts with new progressive steering

Wolfsburg / Paris, 27 September 2012 – Paris is now the city of the Golf GTI. Four years ago, the sixth generation of the best-seller made its debut here – still as a concept car. Now, in autumn 2012, Volkswagen is presenting the seventh generation Golf GTI in a premiere at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris – also as a concept car. In doing so, Volkswagen is opening another window to the immediate future of the most successful European car model series, because another car being shown to a global audience in the French capital at the same time as the GTI is the near-production concept of the new Golf BlueMotion. The new Golf GTI will be launched into the market in early 2013.

One GTI, two power levels

217 HP and 227 HP. The concept of the next Golf GTI is powered by a further advanced engine from the EA888 series – a two-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with 162 kW / 217 HP. A new option: for the first time in the iconic sports car’s history, a performance pack will be available as a factory-installed option. In this version, the engine’s maximum power is boosted to 169 kW / 227 HP. Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system as standard, they fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014 and – with a 6-speed manual gearbox – they attain the same low DIN fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (39.2 MPG) (CO2: 140 g/km). Compared to the previous model (155 kW / 210 PS), the combined fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI is therefore reduced by 1.3 litres per 100 km or 18 per cent. A 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for both power levels. The recognised high agility of the Golf GTI has been increased once again in the new model compared to the previous model – in two stages:

Stage 1 – standard GTI: The 217 HP base version now produces 7 HP more than the previous model. At the same time, its maximum torque was increased by an immense 70 Nm (52 lb-ft) to 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). This value in the new Golf GTI is exactly the same as that of the previous Golf R, which was powered by an engine from another TSI generation. Equipped in this way, the Golf GTI makes its appearance with impressive flexibility values: in fourth gear, the Golf GTI accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (50 mph to 75 mph) in 5.0 seconds; in fifth gear it takes 6.0 seconds. Other data that must not be overlooked in a GTI: the new one accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).

Stage 2 – Performance GTI: Those choosing a Golf GTI with the performance pack ignite the second stage. As mentioned, the car’s power is increased by 7 HP here, while its maximum torque is identical. The 227 HP of power enables a top speed of 250 km/h* (155 mph) and just 6.5 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph).

New front axle differential lock and progressive steering

The performance pack not only offers a plus in power, but also a plus in handling: instead of 16-inch brakes, the GTI is equipped with 17-inch brakes here (with GTI badges on the callipers) and a front axle differential lock (VAQ) that is also being offered for the first time in this form.

Front axle differential lock. The electronically controlled lock has a positive effect on active safety and driving dynamics, because it practically prevents the power-related understeer that can occur in powerful front-wheel drive cars. This makes handling precise, and has a stabilising effect in load-alteration induced oversteer. The reason: VAQ increases the power to the wheel on the outside of the curve, which also optimises the vehicle’s speed through bends. Traction is also improved when driving on loose and wet road surfaces and in turning situations.

Progressive steering. The new progressive steering system is celebrating a world premiere in the Golf GTI. It is a standard feature for both power levels. Thanks to this steering system, the driver can turn the car through a desired radius with fewer turns of the steering wheel. In other words, the driver does not need to reach over the wheel as often. That may sound simple, but it is revolutionary. The reason is that conventional steering systems work with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf GTI, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This noticeably reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a benefit in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system due to the rack and pinion’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: unlike with constant steering ratios, which by necessity always represent a compromise between dynamic performance and comfort, here the steering rack’s toothing is significantly modified by the steering stroke. As a result, the transition between indirect steering behaviour in the mid-range (straight-line driving) and direct steering behaviour at larger steering wheel angles is designed to be progressive, which, as mentioned above, enables significantly more agile steering behaviour in dynamic driving situations. This results in smaller steering input angles when parking for greater convenience and comfort.

Variable ratios have long been known in the area of hydraulic steering systems; however, the tuning of such a steering system is subject to very tight limits, so that the driver is not overtaxed by the transitional behaviour. With the Golf GTI’s progressive steering system the situation is completely different: the combination of the steering rack’s progressive steering ratio and the tuning potential of an electro-mechanical steering system is systematically exploited in the GTI to realise optimised steering behaviour that is sporty yet practical in everyday driving. In all other Golf cars, progressive steering is offered as an optional feature.

Exterior – features and styling

GTI insignia. Like all six Golf GTI generations before it, the seventh generation concept car being shown in Paris is distinguished from other Golf models by numerous additional equipment features and classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, these include the red painted brake callipers, a GTI-typical honeycomb structure for the air inlet screens, smoked LED rear lights including LED licence plate lighting as well as chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes on the left and right. Some features have been characteristic since the days of the first Golf GTI, for example the production colours Red (“Tornado Red”) and “Black” and an optional white exterior (“Pure White” as special colour). Volkswagen has further developed the classic GTI wheels “Denver”, “Detroit” and “Glendale” whose styling characteristics from the previous model have flowed into the design of the new machine-polished 17-inch “Brooklyn” alloy wheels; they have a lighter visual look and are in fact lighter in weight. The wheels are fitted with 225/45 size tyres. 18-inch wheels will also be available on the GTI as an option.

GTI styling. Overall, the seventh generation Golf is also visually more dynamic than the previous one. The objective of the designers was to develop an even more striking and sporty character into the new Golf GTI – the goal was to give the GTI a lower, wider image with a more challenging character. Volkswagen Design developed numerous individual, detailed solutions for the new Golf GTI and integrated them harmoniously into the overall visual concept. Important here is the fact that the GTI-specific design elements are not simply “add-on” solutions, but are integrated into the overall design of the car. One significant reason for this is that the GTI was designed in parallel to the “normal” Golf – and this made it possible to coordinate perfectly the differentiating characteristics of the two model versions.

At the front end, with its LED fog lights specially customised for the GTI, a powerful and significant GTI element attracts attention, which has now been fully reinterpreted: the red stripe. In the first generation of the car it surrounded the rectangular radiator grille completely. On the sixth generation GTI there were two red stripes, which framed the grille at the top and bottom. Now, on the seventh generation car, the red stripe marks the lower edge of the radiator grille, but for the first time it extends further to the left and right, up to the housings of the bi-xenon headlights. So, the red line now runs completely across the front end.

In the far lower section of the bumper, beneath the crossbar painted in body colour, the black air inlet (with a honeycomb pattern screen) is no longer framed by a black area, rather by surfaces painted in body colour, which makes the air inlet stand out more powerfully. At the same time, the three lateral black aerodynamic fins beneath the headlights play a more prominent role in the front end styling. Another detail fitting in with the precisely contoured styling is the black splitter (lower edge of the front spoiler), which is familiar from motorsport. Also styled in black are the side sills and the rear diffuser. These quasi wrap-around black elements give the Golf, which is equipped with a GTI sport chassis (15 mm lower ride height), an even fuller stance on the road.

Another example of the harmonious integration of GTI-specific elements is the new roof spoiler design, which is considerably larger than its counterpart on Golf versions with less powerful engines and which is integrated to be flush with the bootlid and the body. For the first time, the sporty Volkswagen also has, in addition to the GTI badges at the front and rear, red plates on the front wings at the height of the character line with the same typographic interpretation of the GTI logo that has been used for decades.

Interior – features and appearance

GTI insignia in the interior. The very first GTI had this feature: seat covers in legendary tartan pattern. The sixth generation Golf GTI used “Jacky” fabric, and in the transition to the new GTI generation this has been redesigned and is now named “Clark”. Naturally, the tartan pattern was retained. The sport seats (in front, with sliding drawers under the seats) have exceptionally good ergonomic properties. Step in, sit down, adjust the backrest angle and the distance to the steering wheel, buckle up, and you’re all ready to drive. Nonetheless, the front seats also have height adjustment and a manually adjustable lumbar support. Red decorative seams in the area of the seats and the gear shift trim provide a sporty contrast; the black roofliner that is always part of the GTI emphasises the sporty layout of the interior.

GTI features. Along with its many standard features such as air conditioning, fatigue detection and the “Composition Touch” radio system (with CD card slot and AUX-IN interface), other GTI-specific features refine the standard version interior as well: typical of a Golf GTI are the customised sport steering wheel and a special gear shift grip. The latter is once again reminiscent of a golf ball, which also makes it a tribute to the first GTI just like the new leather-trimmed steering wheel design. The sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with its three metal spokes and trim in high-gloss black has a lightweight look, and it is remarkably handy and easy to grip. On its two cross spokes it has multifunction keys as standard, and at its centre – in contrast to all other Golf steering wheels – it has a round impact absorber whose form is similar to that of the component in the first GTI.

Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. It is no coincidence that it resembles high-end chronographs. The GTI-specific look of the interior is completed by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

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Re: The mk7 GTI revealed...

Post by Dybz » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:56 am

interior: win

exterior: win (minus red stripe through headlights and side badging on front fender)

drivetrain: mediocre, but expected. 217 hp or 227 with the "performance pack"... really? when the focus ST is coming with 247 hp, and the MS3 had 265 hp 5 years ago? also, pretty sure the turbo will still be a k03 size, so that sucks. APR did imply that an oem upgrade will be easy, but we shall see with the new head design integrating the exhaust manifold. plus that funky dual fuel injection system... more stuff to break, or potentially capable of handling more power due to two fuel streams? although the performance pack does sound interesting in that it actually gets an actual LSD for the first time. bigger front brakes on the performance pack are always nice.

suspension: being tied down to make the car seem lower... fail. (or was this for shipping or something?)

my thoughts: getting a golf R as long as they have a defeatable traction control. they might actually be cheaper than the previous gen R's due to the MQB platform, so that would be nice. plus the R will now come with a new engine instead of a 6 year old design like previous one did.
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Post by got desl? » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:14 pm

There are a lot of awesome new things implemented with the new GTI.

Although yes it is down on power, this has never been VW's forte comparative to other brands and cars in the same group. The more interesting number to me is the TRQ figure, being all the way up to 258. That is a huge increase, allowing it to really shine through out the range of the RPMs.

The bigger brakes will be a nice touch too, unfortunate that one would have to now run 17s come winter time though.

Like Dybz said exterior and interior are major wins....hopefully we get the TC button as well :D

The suspension with tie downs throws me off, hopefully it is only for transport and someone forgot to take it off....like the clips the MK6s had in the suspension as well when shipped.

Overall I think it is a great update/redesign. Bringing back many older characteristics of the GTi and implementing a lot of new things.

The two year wait will be tough for this one.....now where is the all important GTD and AWD Diesel Powered Golf R :thumbup:
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Post by Randum » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:07 pm

I have to say exterior I have only one complaint, its that side badge thing - Like the new wheels, they do look a lot like the gallardo wheels though, which is fine.

Power wise, yeah the increased torque is nice, and two fuel lines you said? So I assume that also allows a little more overhead for someone interested in aftermarket improvements too?

I don't think its as drastic as the mk5-6 in terms of styling IMO.

Overall, pretty cool, I'm looking forward to test driving it. I have been so happy with my mk6, it would have to really impress me when I got in the seat. And hopefully some parts are interchangeable too.
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Post by hemidesign » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:41 pm

Holy shit, car looks great, every detail came out really impressive..
Vw designers are really good, no doubt
The wheels selection from every color looks great, car interior looks stunning, the steering wheel? The best ever...
The only downside I see here was the acc and brake pedals.. way too small and ugly look
Can't wait to see this car live.. I might go to Detroit autoshow January next year just to photography the new GTI
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Re: The mk7 GTI revealed...

Post by Dybz » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:43 pm

the two fuel systems are to combine the pros of the direct injection and port injection systems. i think port injection is better at high loads/revs while direct injection is better at part load. also, having port injection is supposed to prevent the carbon buildup issue the MKV/MK6 have been having.

as for the torque getting bumped, yeah, it's nice, but nothing a quick tune couldn't get you. i'm more upset by the car most likely still coming with a k03, not so much the actual power output on paper. k03 means we're still limited in tunable power. if we could get a nice k04 setup with potential to tune to 350 or so at the crank... now that would be great.
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Post by got desl? » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:33 pm

Dybz wrote:the two fuel systems are to combine the pros of the direct injection and port injection systems. i think port injection is better at high loads/revs while direct injection is better at part load. also, having port injection is supposed to prevent the carbon buildup issue the MKV/MK6 have been having.

as for the torque getting bumped, yeah, it's nice, but nothing a quick tune couldn't get you. i'm more upset by the car most likely still coming with a k03, not so much the actual power output on paper. k03 means we're still limited in tunable power. if we could get a nice k04 setup with potential to tune to 350 or so at the crank... now that would be great.
Yeah I see where you're coming from with regards to the K03 issue. Curious to know how all the new engine tech will help/hinder tuning capabilities on the GTI's now. Nice to see that the MPG's are getting bumped up as well...36mpg for highway is quite nice for the package you're getting, that low end trq is really the huge benefit to that.
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Post by S4SHO » Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:55 am

I'm most disappointed in the power figures. As stated before, with the Focus ST and MS3, it's just not enough in this day and age. Yes, nothing a tune/DP can't take care of, but still I feel like they're playing quite a bit of catch-up there still. I can't say I'm sold yet over the MK6, but I'll reserve judgement fully until I drive one :)
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Post by got desl? » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:38 am

S4SHO wrote:I'm most disappointed in the power figures. As stated before, with the Focus ST and MS3, it's just not enough in this day and age. Yes, nothing a tune/DP can't take care of, but still I feel like they're playing quite a bit of catch-up there still. I can't say I'm sold yet over the MK6, but I'll reserve judgement fully until I drive one :)
The thing is though, GTI's have always been behind in the power game, along with the "R" models as well. The R32 came out just as the STi and Evo's were here in the States. R32 only had 240hp compared to the 300 of the STi and 270 of the Evo.

But the thing is the R32 was still a favorite among critics, and the same thing goes for the GTI against the MS3. Both generations of the MS3 have been beat out by the GTI due to the fact of how refined it is. I can't speak for the Focus ST, but I know that the MS3 is not as great of a package as the GTI. It has a ton of power and a few nice touches, exterior styling not being one of them.

Honestly that bump in torque will really help even out the overall power band and make the car a lot quicker and more enjoyable to drive. I mean with the power pack, 227hp and 258trq those are nice numbers for the GTI, and I think it will be able to hold its own quite well against the ST and MS3.
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Post by Dybz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:32 am

Good news is that at least APR said there is an easy OEM swap for the base 2.0T. Probably coming from the upgraded S3/Golf R engine like we have now for the K03->K04 swaps.
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Post by hemidesign » Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:58 pm

If I'm getting this car, the Mk7.. I would do a Brawn GP.. (didn't have time to photoshop brakes pads and rotos)
White VMR, lowered.. etc etc...
sample design below.. enjoy!
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Post by Randum » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:51 pm

Nice PS job on that!
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Post by SteverK » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:12 am

Does it come in orange?
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Post by hemidesign » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:11 pm

A better option than the orange one.. :snap:

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Post by SteverK » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:28 am

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by DasTeknoViking » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:16 pm

love the Wacky Racers edition... MAKE IT !!

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Post by hemidesign » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:14 am

I may build the Wacky Races Edition one day.. hahaha :rofl:
btw, I don't think will be in orange, unless if they make Fahrenheit version again..
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Re: The mk7 GTI revealed...

Post by Dybz » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:24 am

hemidesign wrote:I may build the Wacky Races Edition one day.. hahaha :rofl:
btw, I don't think will be in orange, unless if they make Fahrenheit version again..
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pffft... pretty crappy pshop there. mine is way better. if you want i am willing to teach you how i did mine. you obviously need some more practice, but you're getting there.
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Post by corrado917 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:43 pm

Dybz wrote:
hemidesign wrote:I may build the Wacky Races Edition one day.. hahaha :rofl:
btw, I don't think will be in orange, unless if they make Fahrenheit version again..
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pffft... pretty crappy pshop there. mine is way better. if you want i am willing to teach you how i did mine. you obviously need some more practice, but you're getting there.
Like the color..
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Re: The mk7 GTI revealed...

Post by Christopherlewis » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:17 am

Randum wrote:Taken from http://www.golfmk7.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24
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Press release:

New Golf GTI produces 217 HP in standard version and 227 HP with performance pack
Production version of seventh Golf GTI debuts with new progressive steering

Wolfsburg / Paris, 27 September 2012 – Paris is now the city of the Golf GTI. Four years ago, the sixth generation of the best-seller made its debut here – still as a concept car. Now, in autumn 2012, Volkswagen is presenting the seventh generation Golf GTI in a premiere at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris – also as a concept car. In doing so, Volkswagen is opening another window to the immediate future of the most successful European car model series, because another car being shown to a global audience in the French capital at the same time as the GTI is the near-production concept of the new Golf BlueMotion. The new Golf GTI will be launched into the market in early 2013.

One GTI, two power levels

217 HP and 227 HP. The concept of the next Golf GTI is powered by a further advanced engine from the EA888 series – a two-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with 162 kW / 217 HP. A new option: for the first time in the iconic sports car’s history, a performance pack will be available as a factory-installed option. In this version, the engine’s maximum power is boosted to 169 kW / 227 HP. Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system as standard, they fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014 and – with a 6-speed manual gearbox – they
led bulb attain the same low DIN fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (39.2 MPG) (CO2: 140 g/km). Compared to the previous model (155 kW / 210 PS), the combined fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI is therefore reduced by 1.3 litres per 100 km or 18 per cent. A 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for both power levels. The recognised high agility of the Golf GTI has been increased once again in the new model compared to the previous model – in two stages:

Stage 1 – standard GTI: The 217 HP base version now produces 7 HP more than the previous model. At the same time, its maximum torque was increased by an immense 70 Nm (52 lb-ft) to 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). This value in the new Golf GTI is exactly the same as that of the previous Golf R, which was powered by an engine from another TSI generation. Equipped in this way, the Golf GTI makes its appearance with impressive flexibility values: in fourth gear, the Golf GTI accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (50 mph to 75 mph) in 5.0 seconds; in fifth gear it takes 6.0 seconds. Other data that must not be overlooked in a GTI: the new one accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).

Stage 2 – Performance GTI: Those choosing a Golf GTI with the performance pack ignite the second stage. As mentioned, the car’s power is increased by 7 HP here, while its maximum torque is identical. The 227 HP of power enables a top speed of 250 km/h* (155 mph) and just 6.5 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph).

New front axle differential lock and progressive steering

The performance pack not only offers a plus in power, but also a plus in handling: instead of 16-inch brakes, the GTI is equipped with 17-inch brakes here (with GTI badges on the callipers) and a front axle differential lock (VAQ) that is also being offered for the first time in this form.

Front axle differential lock. The electronically controlled lock has a positive effect on active safety and driving dynamics, because it practically prevents the power-related understeer that can occur in powerful front-wheel drive cars. This makes handling precise, and has a stabilising effect in load-alteration induced oversteer. The reason: VAQ increases the power to the wheel on the outside of the curve, which also optimises the vehicle’s speed through bends. Traction is also improved when driving on loose and wet road surfaces and in turning situations.

Progressive steering. The new progressive steering system is celebrating a world premiere in the Golf GTI. It is a standard feature for both power levels. Thanks to this steering system, the driver can turn the car through a desired radius with fewer turns of the steering wheel. In other words, the driver does not need to reach over the wheel as often. That may sound simple, but it is revolutionary. The reason is that conventional steering systems work with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf GTI, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This noticeably reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a benefit in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system due to the rack and pinion’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: unlike with constant steering ratios, which by necessity always represent a compromise between dynamic performance and comfort, here the steering rack’s toothing is significantly modified by the steering stroke. As a result, the transition between indirect steering behaviour in the mid-range (straight-line driving) and direct steering behaviour at larger steering wheel angles is designed to be progressive, which, as mentioned above, enables significantly more agile steering behaviour in dynamic driving situations. This results in smaller steering input angles when parking for greater convenience and comfort.

Variable ratios have long been known in the area of hydraulic steering systems; however, the tuning of such a steering system is subject to very tight limits, so that the driver is not overtaxed by the transitional behaviour. With the Golf GTI’s progressive steering system the situation is completely different: the combination of the steering rack’s progressive steering ratio and the tuning potential of an electro-mechanical steering system is systematically exploited in the GTI to realise optimised steering behaviour that is sporty yet practical in everyday driving. In all other Golf cars, progressive steering is offered as an optional feature.

Exterior – features and styling

GTI insignia. Like all six Golf GTI generations before it, the seventh generation concept car being shown in Paris is distinguished from other Golf models by numerous additional equipment features and classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, these include the red painted brake callipers, a GTI-typical honeycomb structure for the air inlet screens, smoked LED rear lights including LED licence plate lighting as well as chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes on the left and right. Some features have been characteristic since the days of the first Golf GTI, for example the production colours Red (“Tornado Red”) and “Black” and an optional white exterior (“Pure White” as special colour). Volkswagen has further developed the classic GTI wheels “Denver”, “Detroit” and “Glendale” whose styling characteristics from the previous model have flowed into the design of the new machine-polished 17-inch “Brooklyn” alloy wheels; they have a lighter visual look and are in fact lighter in weight. The wheels are fitted with 225/45 size tyres. 18-inch wheels will also be available on the GTI as an option.

GTI styling. Overall, the seventh generation Golf is also visually more dynamic than the previous one. The objective of the designers was to develop an even more striking and sporty character into the new Golf GTI – the goal was to give the GTI a lower, wider image with a more challenging character. Volkswagen Design developed numerous individual, detailed solutions for the new Golf GTI and integrated them harmoniously into the overall visual concept. Important here is the fact that the GTI-specific design elements are not simply “add-on” solutions, but are integrated into the overall design of the car. One significant reason for this is that the GTI was designed in parallel to the “normal” Golf – and this made it possible to coordinate perfectly the differentiating characteristics of the two model versions.

At the front end, with its LED fog lights specially customised for the GTI, a powerful and significant GTI element attracts attention, which has now been fully reinterpreted: the red stripe. In the first generation of the car it surrounded the rectangular radiator grille completely. On the sixth generation GTI there were two red stripes, which framed the grille at the top and bottom. Now, on the seventh generation car, the red stripe marks the lower edge of the radiator grille, but for the first time it extends further to the left and right, up to the housings of the bi-xenon headlights. So, the red line now runs completely across the front end.

In the far lower section of the bumper, beneath the crossbar painted in body colour, the black air inlet (with a honeycomb pattern screen) is no longer framed by a black area, rather by surfaces painted in body colour, which makes the air inlet stand out more powerfully. At the same time, the three lateral black aerodynamic fins beneath the headlights play a more prominent role in the front end styling. Another detail fitting in with the precisely contoured styling is the black splitter (lower edge of the front spoiler), which is familiar from motorsport. Also styled in black are the side sills and the rear diffuser. These quasi wrap-around black elements give the Golf, which is equipped with a GTI sport chassis (15 mm lower ride height), an even fuller stance on the road.

Another example of the harmonious integration of GTI-specific elements is the new roof spoiler design, which is considerably larger than its counterpart on Golf versions with less powerful engines and which is integrated to be flush with the bootlid and the body. For the first time, the sporty Volkswagen also has, in addition to the GTI badges at the front and rear, red plates on the front wings at the height of the character line with the same typographic interpretation of the GTI logo that has been used for decades.

Interior – features and appearance

GTI insignia in the interior. The very first GTI had this feature: seat covers in legendary tartan pattern. The sixth generation Golf GTI used “Jacky” fabric, and in the transition to the new GTI generation this has been redesigned and is now named “Clark”. Naturally, the tartan pattern was retained. The sport seats (in front, with sliding drawers under the seats) have exceptionally good ergonomic properties. Step in, sit down, adjust the backrest angle and the distance to the steering wheel, buckle up, and you’re all ready to drive. Nonetheless, the front seats also have height adjustment and a manually adjustable lumbar support. Red decorative seams in the area of the seats and the gear shift trim provide a sporty contrast; the black roofliner that is always part of the GTI emphasises the sporty layout of the interior.

GTI features. Along with its many standard features such as air conditioning, fatigue detection and the “Composition Touch” radio system (with CD card slot and AUX-IN interface), other GTI-specific features refine the standard version interior as well: typical of a Golf GTI are the customised sport steering wheel and a special gear shift grip. The latter is once again reminiscent of a golf ball, which also makes it a tribute to the first GTI just like the new leather-trimmed steering wheel design. The sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with its three metal spokes and trim in high-gloss black has a lightweight look, and it is remarkably handy and easy to grip. On its two cross spokes it has multifunction keys as standard, and at its centre – in contrast to all other Golf steering wheels – it has a round impact absorber whose form is similar to that of the component in the first GTI.

Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. It is no coincidence that it resembles high-end chronographs. The GTI-specific look of the interior is completed by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

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Thoughts?
It looks fantastic. I will read some more reviews about and then will decide to purchase it or not?

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