Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD

Sanjay · Oct 5, 2020 08:47 PM

Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD 01

Remember the VW Golf GTI Mk8 spyshot we ran a month ago? Well, it's almost certain that VW's next-gen hot-hatch will be locally-assembled (CKD), judging by these pics.

Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD 02

The blue Golf was spotted by Facebook user Akmal Azmi doing its rounds - completely undisguised - in Precinct 9, Putrajaya.

Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD 01

It's a right-hand drive unit and sorry purists, no stickshift here - the gear lever is the little stubby thing in the middle.

Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD 02

If it adopts its Euro-market configuration, the GTI's interior will boast a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with a 10-inch infotainment display.

Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD 03

But what has seemingly confirmed its CKD status is a little telltale sticker on the windshield which reads 'Assembled & Inspected by HICOM'.

Spied: VW Golf GTI Mk8 seen in Putrajaya, to be CKD 04

Recall that VW has a plant in Pekan, Pahang that's collaboratively run with DRB-HICOM. If the car's CKD status is confirmed, it could mean an earlier-than-expected entry into our markets.

Specs of the Mk8 GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 rear

The Mk8 GTI is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 245 PS and 370 Nm. On our shores, it's most likely to be paired with the 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (DSG).

Interested? Read about its specs and more here.

Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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