HOT hatch fans can rejoice at the arrival seventh generation Volkswagen Golf GTI which has seven more kilowatts of power and 70 extra Newton metres of torque than its predecessor.
The new and improved GTI comes with extra features but also a $1000 price premium over the outgoing model. That won't faze the staunch GTI followers, they will be more than willing to put down $41,490 for the manual or $43,990 for with a dual clutch DSG automatic.
It will only be available in five-door configuration with the three-door deleted from the range.
Volkswagen's new halo offering is slightly lighter, optimised engine components have helped shave 7.8kg at the scales.
It also boasts a new "progressive steering" functionality for sharper performance. It enables the driver to really have fun in the bends, with lock-to-lock taking just two turns as opposed to three in your standard Golf.
Standard equipment includes sat nav, 18-inch alloys (up from 17s), adaptive chassis profile, driver profile selection, sports leather-trimmed steering wheel, the trademark tartan seats, red ambience lighting and a 14.7cm colour multi-function touch-screen display.
The safety suite includes seven airbags, anti-lock-brakes, traction and stability control, electronic differential lock, along with a system which monitors steering control and alerts you if you are fatigued.
Among the optional safety equipment is radar cruise control and a function which automatically applies the brakes if you are involved in an accident and stops the vehicle for being involved in a secondary crash.
Model: Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Details: Five-door front-wheel drive performance hatchback.
Engine: 2.0-litre tubocharged four-cylinder generating maximum power of 162kW @ 4500-6200rpm and peak torque of 350Nm @ 1500-4400rpm.
Transmissions: Six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic.
Consumption: 6.2 litres/100km (manual, combine average), 6.6L/100km (a).
CO2: 144g/km; 153g/km.
Performance: 0-100kmh in 6.5 seconds.
Bottom line: $41,490 (m); $43,990 (a).
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