2012 Paris: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept unveiled, gets two power levels

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its new Golf GTI Concept, basically giving us a look at what the seventh-generation model will look like when hits markets in early 2013. The near-production Volkswagen Golf GTI seen here is basically what you can expect to see on the roads.

For 2013, the Volkswagen Golf GTI will be offered with two power levels including stage one and stage two. Power will come from a 2.0 liter direct-injection turbo 4-banger. Stage 1 is going to be the ‘base’ version that now produces 217-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph will come in just 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 152 mph.

For the first time in the Golf GTI’s history, a performance pack will be available as a factory-installed option. In this version (stage 2), output is increased to 226-hp allowing a 0 to 62 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.┬áThe performance pack also offers a boost in handling: instead of 16-inch brakes, the GTI Performance Pack is equipped with 17-inch brakes here (with GTI badges on the callipers) and a front axle differential lock (VAQ).

Both versions of the Volkswagen Golf GTI will be offered with Stop/Start system as standard and a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

– By: Omar Rana