Volkswagen Golf GTI – OverviewThe eighth iteration of the most iconic hot hatchback in the world is actually similar to its previous one. It sits on the same MQB platform. It has the same EA888 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, albeit with higher pressure fuel injectors, though this changes nothing as it makes a very familiar 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque. These figures are exactly the same as the previous model with the Performance Pack upgrade, but on the new car the extra bulge comes as standard.
Also coming as standard is the electro-hydraulic limited-slip differential that was only available in the same upgrade pack. Most markets will receive the 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with an option for the 7-speed DSG. For Malaysia, the dual-clutch ‘box should be the only version available.
Interestingly, this new GTI is going to be locally assembled, as Volkswagen has a plant in Pekan, Pahang. A CKD GTI is likely to bring prices down, making this iconic hatchback more affordable than its predecessor. This should give it a price tag somewhere south of the outgoing car’s RM240k.