Volkswagen AG has already been caught testing its next generation GTi and rightfully so, if they want to maintain the top spot in that segment. To add, some new reports are saying from AutoCarUK that the next hot hatch from Wolfsburg should be powered by a similar, yet newer version of the current turbocharged direct-injected 2.0L four-pot. However, the biggest difference is that it’s projected to produce 260hp.
Additionally, rumors suggest that the next GTi may get some sort of new trick differential called the “VAQ” for “more agile steering behavior,” according to a Volkswagen insider.
This new “VAQ” differential is supposedly has an electronically controlled Haldex clutch, which can be found on most Haldex-based all-wheel drive systems. That said, some are projecting the new differential to allow the next generation GTi to handle better at least two-fold.
Additionally, Volkswagen has apparently already confirmed that the “Mk7” GTi will be lighter thanks to more extensive use of aluminum. Not to mention, word about a new Golf R says that it might don a new carbon fiber roof.
Based on Volkswagen Grou’s new MQB architecture, the next generation “Mk7” Golf will be the second car to be based on that platform after the Audi A3. The new Golf is expected to debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show in September while hitting showrooms in early 2013.
– By: Chris Chin