A new report from Automobile Magazine sheds technical details about the next VW Golf GTI based on the eighth generation Golf. Citing unnamed sources, the report says that the next-gen Golf range will include a 300-hp Golf GTI, a 350-hp Golf R and a 400-hp Golf RS. Speaking of a 400-hp Golf, the Golf R 400 concept has been confirmed for production and will debut in production form at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September.
According to the report, the next Golf GTI is likely to arrive in early 2019. Although based on the next-gen Golf, the new GTI won’t be a completely new car, but just an evolution of the currently sold GTI. Its platform is internally known as ‘MQB evo’. The four-wheel drive choice would probably be kept aside for the R and/or RS models, while the GTI will remain as a front-wheel drive model.
Apart from the 50-100 lbs (23-45 kg) weight reduction, the core changes on the next GTI will be seen in the drivetrain and electronics, as per the report. A 300-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine has been approved but other powertrain options are also being considered. Volkswagen may plonk a 300-hp 2.5- or 3.0-litre narrow-angle V6 petrol engine that could be torquier. A hybrid powertrain with a combined power output of around 300 hp shouldn’t be ruled out either.
In case the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is finalised, it’ll be married to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. DCT gearbox, adaptive suspension dampers, beefier brakes, aerodynamic parts and an electronic limited-slip differential will be available as optional equipment.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]