New generation Volkswagen Golf GTI’s are always highly anticipated. That was the case this time round too as images appeared online before any official images have been released.

The car was originally meant to be shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, next week on Thursday. Here a concept version on the seventh generation car will be displayed, sure to attract plenty of attention, being such an iconic car. The standard MK7 Volkswagen Golf will also make an appearance. Both will make it’s way to showrooms next Spring.

It is not only the images of the cars that have been released. Performance figures too have also been speculated on, with the 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine being able to produce 217 BHP, supposedly. This is the same engine within one of the Volkswagen Group’s luxury brand model, the Audi S3. If those statistics are true, then the car will be able to produce 10 BHP more than the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf GTI. Other rumours include a performance pack which is supposed to add an extra 10 BHP, taking the vehicle’s total power to 227 BHP. The package may also contain torque vectoring. This helps with the handling when taking corners at speed.

The vehicle’s torque will naturally improve. Speculation about this has led to acceleration figures going from 6.9 seconds when racing from 0 – 62 MPH to 6.6 seconds.

All outgoing vehicles across the worldwide auto industry seem to be being made lighter and lighter. The new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be no different. This will help the vehicle’s economical prospects, an essentially needed upgrade for any car. The car is said to return 42.8 MPG, as many sources will confirm. What is not known yet is whether the performance or economical figures derives from a manual or DSG gearbox.

Looking at the pictures, the car certainly contains a great deal of style. The car will come with a choice of 17 or 18 inch alloys, both looking aggressive and stylish. The twin chrome exhausts give away a theme of power. The car does sit lower 18 mm than the new standard Golf.
Inside the car comes a flat bottomed steering wheel. This helps the driver feel as if they are in more a racing car. The Golf ball gear knob is a return to the car’s traditions and the dials are sporty too.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is sure to be one of the highlights of the Paris Motor Show.