The current impression could be that VW is only building one model: his first Stromer the ID.3. That’s not true. Even if the former top seller in the VW range currently has to stand back a little, now comes the version of the current generation that previously caused shaky expectations in their huge fan base – the new GTI.
For the return of the racing roll, the VW engineers already use the standard version of the 245 hp four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, which in the predecessor was reserved for the top performance version. This accelerates the 1,460 kilogram VW athlete to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds and is up to 250 km / h. Whereby he treats himself to 9.7 liters – theoretically.
Decent values, but the compact athletes separate the wheat from the chaff in the curves. That is why VW has sharpened the chassis significantly. For this, VW used the one that was suitable for the race track Clubsport S of the predecessor, revised its chassis for the Golf 8 and screwed the adaptive dampers and an electronically controlled front axle differential lock into its new GTI. Driving dynamics specialist Karsten Schebsdat: “The car should be precise, but not nervous.”
GTI driving experience
Mission accomplished. Because the territory of the new Golf GTI is the country road. It snaps its hooks nimbly in turns and does not go off course even in fast corners. The front end remains stable during quick changes of direction, the rear follows every word. The traction is right thanks to the wide track and the linear thrust of the four-cylinder. It pleases with a rich, but not too intrusive sound. Criticism? The steering reports what the tires are doing, but could feel a bit more natural. And the 6-speed manual gearbox would suit a little shorter gearshift travel.
There are exactly two driving modes in the new GTI: comfort or sport. After all, you don’t buy it for Eco. Despite the variable dampers, the GTI is not a sedan in the comfort setting either. After all: In the individual mode, the dampers can be adjusted in several stages, which means that you can get a pinch of more comfort for everyday use.
Otherwise a GTI remains – surprise: a golf. So there are no more buttons in the modern cockpit. Everything can be set via the ten-inch touchscreen, and instead of analog displays, the digital instruments can be freely configured. The red contrasts everywhere in the cockpit are just as typical GTI as the checked pattern on the seats that offer good lateral support. And the spacious rear and a loading volume of 380 to 1270 liters of the Golf make this GTI family-friendly again. The new sport golf is rolling into Switzerland in October. Prices start at 45,300 francs.