Mechanical LSD coming for new Golf GTI

Mk7 Golf GTI rendering

One of the main improvements for the upcoming Volkswagen Golf VII GTI is a mechanical limited-slip diff, Car magazine reports.

That follows news the Mk7 GTI is likely to make the most of its new MQB platform and weigh up to 100kg less compared to the current 1360kg weight Mk6 GTI (1380kg with DSG).

A modest power increase from 155kW to somewhere around 170kW is expected to be accompanied by a handy 25% increase in torque (up to 350Nm, from 280Nm).

A lighter, more powerful GTI with a proper slippery diff should help to keep it at the top of the hot hatch shopping list.

Green-conscious buyers may be pleased to learn that a Bluemotion GTI is also likely. Narrower tyres, longer gear ratios and a tailored ECU tune will help keep fuel consumption down.

The seventh-generation GTI is on track for a debut in around 12 months from now at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

[Source: Car]