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