Following today’s earlier article on the Australian pricing for the Mk7 Golf GTI here’s the official guff direct from Volkswagen. There’s a heap of information for you, especially if you download the full press kit we have made available.
A quick recap on the pricing and basic specs. An entry level GTI will cost you $41,490 and includes a 6-speed manual and a 162kW/350Nm 2.0 litre four cylinder engine.
A host of new standard technology and features have been packed into the GTI for the first time, including start/stop, Driver Fatigue Detection, Driving Profile Selection/Adaptive Chassis Control, Multi-collision brake, Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL), ESP Sport, progressive steering and Discover Media satellite navigation.
You can order your GTI in the following flat paint colours, Tornado Red and Pure White. If you like sparkles your choices are Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Night Blue and Deep Black Pearl Effect, and they’ll set you back another $500.
Other optional equipment includes a 6-speed DSG ($2500), panoramic sunroof ($1850), bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights ($2150), heated leather seats ($3150) and the driver assistance package ($1300).
The driver assistance package consists of Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Proactive occupant protection system and Park Assist 2.
From the second quarter of next year you’ll also be able to buy the Performance Pack GTI. Priced from $47,990 the PP GTI includes an electronically controlled mechanical limited slip diff, bi-xenon headlights, LED tail lights, 6-speed DSG, 19″ Santiago alloy wheels and uprated brakes as standard equipment. Of course, the engine has also been tuned for a modest 7kW increase to a new peak of 169kW. Maximum torque remains at 350Nm.
The new GTI will be rolled out across dealerships nationwide this week and you should definitely be able to see one for yourself by this weekend, if not sooner.
New Golf GTI – Pure Driving Dynamics with the Everyday Qualities of the Golf
- Premium equipment as standard: progressive steering, Driver Fatigue Detection system, Driving Profile Selection, Multi-collision brake, Adaptive chassis control and Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL)
Launceston, 1 October 2013. Since 1976, the letters “GTI” have stood for superior dynamic performance. The first Golf GTI became an instant classic, and this month marks the highly anticipated launch of the all-new seventh generation Golf GTI in Australia. With a 162 kW output doubling that of the Golf GTI Mk 1 (81 kW); the GTI offers increased power, significantly more torque and the fastest acceleration yet in a GTI.
The new Golf GTI accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Based on its handling properties, the GTI is uniquely placed to penetrate the market segment of considerably more expensive sports cars.
The seventh generation of the sporty icon is the first Golf GTI to launch with standard technology highlights such as progressive steering, the Driver Fatigue Detection system, Driving Profile Selection, Multi-collision brake and Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL). Optional systems available in the new GTI include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the surroundings monitoring system Front Assist with City Emergency Braking.
The Golf GTI is equipped with a Start/Stop system and a six-speed gearbox as standard, achieving the low fuel consumption value of 6.2 l/100 km (CO2: 144 g/km). Its combined fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.5 litres or 19 per cent compared to the previous model (155 kW).
An optional six-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) offers uninterrupted propulsive power; matching the character of the sporty icon perfectly. In this case, the fuel consumption is 6.6 l/100 km (equivalent to 153g/km CO2), 13 per cent less than that of the previous GTI.
As with the models already launched in the Golf 7 range, the GTI is based on the new modular transverse matrix (MQB), and also benefits from significant weight reductions improving performance and efficiency. The new Golf GTI weighs 1,380 kg to 1,324 kg (56 kg savings in the DSG). In urban traffic and traffic jams, the standard Start/Stop system of the GTI also has a positive effect on fuel economy.
The substantially higher torque of 350 Nm (instead of the 280 Nm of the previous model) made it possible to also reduce the gear ratios for lower engine speeds, adapting them to the engine’s lower rev levels. Internal engine modifications were also made − including a new and innovative thermal management system − contribute towards the noted 19 per cent improvement in fuel economy in the 2.0-litre TSI manual.
Along with the iconic GTI insignia, the new Golf GTI is distinguished from other cars in the model series by numerous additional features. The exterior features red painted brake callipers, smoked rear lights and chrome tailpipes on the left and right. Also standard on-board the most powerful, fastest and most fuel-efficient Golf GTI ever are the newly designed standard 18-inch ‘Austin’ alloy wheels with size 225/45 tyres.
The GTI heritage cues continue in the interior. The fabric known as “Jacky” in the previous model was redesigned and is now known as “Clark”. In addition, the sports seats and door trim panels can be ordered with optional “Vienna” leather upholstery. The GTI instrument cluster also makes a strong statement with a colour display and unique instrument graphics. The GTI-specific look in the interior is rounded out by such features as an independent leather sports steering wheel (with multifunction keys), red ambience lighting (in front, in the trim strips of the doors and the stainless steel door sill guards) and brushed stainless steel pedals.
The Mk 7 Golf GTI continues the legacy the original started in 1976. Through the previous six generations, the Golf GTI has continued to push the boundaries of what is possible technologically in a sports car with practical, everyday applications. A bestseller in the Australian market with cult status, the seventh generation Golf GTI is set to raise the bar even higher with unprecedented levels of performance, efficiency and convenience.
The new Golf GTI – Australian pricing*
Golf GTI 6 Speed Manual – $41,490
Golf GTI 6 Speed DSG – $43,990
Metallic / Pearl Effect paint – $500
Panoramic electric glass sunroof – $1,850
Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime driving lights – $2,150
Vienna leather appointed upholstery – $3,150
Driver assistance package – $1,300
*Prices quoted are Manufacturer List Prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.
2014 will see arrival of GTI Performance in Australia
- Golf GTI Performance will launch with new front differential lock, upgraded brakes and additional standard features
Tasmania, 1 October 2013. From the first half of 2014, the Golf GTI lineup in Australia will be complemented by a new performance companion. The added Golf GTI Performance will come standard with unique visual and technical equipment, which will help set it apart from the standard version.
Extended performance features. On its exterior, the Golf GTI Performance differs from the standard GTI by its GTI logo on the front brake calipers. The brake package for the GTI Performance has been upgraded along with the increased engine output (169kW), the ventilated brakes discs are 28mm larger at 340mm, while the rear discs are now also ventilated and 10mm larger at 310mm in diameter.
Technical features of the Golf GTI Performance also include a newly developed front differential lock.
Front differential lock. A newly engineered electronic front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance. To date, Volkswagen is the only carmaker to utilise an electronically controlled differential lock in a front-wheel drive production model. Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance has a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to ESP, EDL and XDL+ functions. This makes it possible to entirely avoid negative effects on steering handling or steering precision that otherwise occurs with mechanical locks. As a result, the system realises the full potential and maximum performance of a differential lock with regard to vehicle dynamics, ensuring comfort is not impaired under any circumstances.
Additional standard features. Adding a higher level of specification above the standard Golf GTI, the GTI Performance is instantly recognizable with a range of luxury and convenience features as standard. Bi-Xenon headlights, dark tinted LED tail lights, tinted glass and 19-inch “Santiago” alloy wheels give the GTI Performance’s exterior a sporty look, while the GTI Performance’s interior receives sports seats featuring the newly designed “Clark” tartan, with the addition of race-style alcantara trim on the head rest and side bolsters, completing the nod to over 35 years of GTI history.
- Golf GTI Performance RRP $47,990*
* Prices quoted are Manufacturer List Prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.