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VW’s GTI is back! Back with a Vengeance!

This latest GTI, which doesn’t go on sale in the U.S. until the first half of 2014, is similarly unflappable. The seventh-generation GTI continues the recent tradition started with the Mk5 of a genuine driver’s car in the most practical package on the market. It has a huge rear seat, a genuinely big trunk, and an interior that looks and feels more expensive than most cars that cost twice as much. It also drives better than most cars that cost twice as much.

2014 Volkswagen GTI - Front 3/4

2014 Volkswagen GTI – Front 3/4

For the first time ever we see via the VW press clippings that the seventh-generation Golf GTI for the first time in history will come with two power levels. On the standard car you will be treaded to 220hp and the GTI Performance model will see and extra 10 hp topping out at 230 hp. In the GTI Performance model you also get; slightly bigger front brake discs, ventilated rear discs, and best of all, VW’s exceedingly trick new E-diff at the front.

2014 Volkswagen GTI - Rear 3/4

2014 Volkswagen GTI – Rear 3/4

All of the power is generated by The 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injection four-banger is from the third generation of the EA888 engine series and has a completely newly developed cylinder head. It also features variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment and develops more torque and is now able to rotate the tires with 258 lb-ft), up from 205 lb-ft in the Gen 6 car.

2014 Volkswagen GTI - Side Profile

2014 Volkswagen GTI – Side Profile

The new variable-ratio steering rack is crisp and ultra-incisive but also natural and full of feel. The handling is similarly sweet, the front end feeling as if it has been physically nailed to whichever apex you aim it towards. Even the ride quality has taken a monumental step up in overall quality, which is probably the biggest surprise of all, given what VW has served up in the past: a series of GTIs that have been composed but firm in the extreme, and not exactly bubbling with feel, either.

2014 Volkswagen GTI - Interior

2014 Volkswagen GTI – Interior

Part of the GTI’s stability comes from its slightly wider front track and a wheelbase 2.1 inches longer than the previous GTI’s, but it’s also simply the product of a company that values dynamic fidelity more than frivolity. Volkswagen has aimed to reduce the body roll, which has always been a part of the GTI’s character. And the company has done a tremendous job of making the GTI feel more planted and agile without sacrificing ride quality.

2014 Volkswagen GTI - Cool Nerd Transparent Drawings

2014 Volkswagen GTI – Cool Nerd Transparent Drawings

VW hasn’t announced pricing on three- and five-door GTIs yet, but we expect there won’t be much of a price increase over the current car, which starts just under $25,000. Which would be absolutely amazing because this car looks to be the best GTI ever in terms of driving dynamics, fuel eco, and interior bang for the buck? VW says it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most efficient ever.

2014 VW GTI Concept Leaked before expected 2012 Paris Motor Show Debut

The German from Autobild posted the first official photos with 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII GTI Concept, a prototype that will be revealed tomorrow in Paris. Following the debut of the new Mark VII Golf, Volkswagen is set to pull the wraps off of a new GTI Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Previous GTI concepts have always stayed true to their styling when they made the jump to become production vehicles, so it’s safe to assume that the above photos show the next production GTI.

2014 VW GTI Mark 7 Concept Car – Front 3/4

The Golf GTI sits about 15 millimeters lower than the standard Golf, and gets sportier bumpers, exterior style add-ons, bigger brakes, twin exhaust tips and the car’s signature Denver style wheels. The red strip across the nose has been extended to the outer sides of the headlights, and new a lower valence has been tacked on.

2014 VW GTI Mark 7 Concept Car – Rear 3/4

Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder that is supposed to get around 220 hp. A performance package is also said to be an option, that will boost the engine’s numbers to 230 hp, making the car capable of a 0-62 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds. The regular GTI will make the 0-62 mph dash happen in 6.6 seconds, using either a six-speed manual or an optional dual-clutch automatic that sends power to the front wheels.

2014 VW GTI Mark 7 Concept Car – Interior

The interior appears the same as the regular 2014 Golf, save the classic GTI plaid stitched seats, touchscreen navigation, pushbutton start and red stitching on the steering wheel and shift boot. Even though the Interior look very production-ready, only time will tell if the road going version of this iconic performance hatchback looks exactly like what you see here.

2014 VW GTI Mark 7 Concept Car – Dashboard

Chip Foose joins the “My First Golf” advertising campaign

I must admit that I haven’t watched the show Overhaulin’ in about 5 years and I’m not even sure if it is still on the air.  However when I did watch the show I gained a great appreciation to the skill set that American Hot Rod designer Chip Foose brings to the table.  Not only can he sketch a mean looking car but he can then turn to the parts bin and fabrication bench to bring these sketches to life.

In the below video we see Chip sitting at his desk doing what he does best, drawing.  As it turns out one of the first cars that Chip bought was a 1985 Golf GTI.  Being able to watch Chip describe what that car meant to him as well as watching him create a sketch of the ride is very impressive and worth the 3 minutes to watch.

Spy Shots of the Next VW GTI Mules Surface

It looks like the development work on the upcoming 2014-2015 VW Golf GTI and Golf R’s is progressing well as a pair of testing mules were spotted on the road over the weekend.  From what we can tell from the spy shots lived from Autoblog.com the GTI will maintains its dual exhaust tips while the R will upgrade to Quad pipes.

I would also full expect both car to maintain the 2.0-liter turbo 4 calendar engines with the GTI upgrading its horsepower to the level of the newly released GTI Edition 35, which of course is 235hp.  One could then also assume that the Golf R would get a 35 hp increase as well which would puts its output at around 300.  There has been no official word if the new GTI’s will be using the older EA113 version of the 2-liter turbo or the newer A3 based EA888 2-liter turbo.  However I have heard rumors that the newer engine is burning more oil than it should in production form and has been sent back to the drawing board.

I guess that is the fun of finding these spy shots is we can now speculate over the next 3 years as to what is fact and what is fiction.

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