|Volkswagen Group Malaysia last Wednesday brought forth the 7th Generation Golf GTi for domestic GTi enthusiasts. Deemed the fastest, most powerful and most fuel efficient GTi ever, the 7th-generation is expected to continue the ‘cult’ following in the country.|
Based the newest generation Golf which was introduced by Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VWGM) in March, the 7th-gen Golf GTi bares all the hallmarks of the original GTi that debut in 1976. And since the first Golf GTI. all subsequent versions continued this strong heritage throughout the almost 40 years, each one carving out a character of different periods of its introduction.
At a glance of the Volkswagen Golf GTi, the recognizable red stripe at the bottom of the front grille that stretches through the headlights is a definite GTi exclusive, as does the re-designed bumper with tauter black mesh stripes over the fog lights. Going on to the side, the GTi badge on the front feeder and side window signal light are the two most prominent features. From the rear, the GTI rear spoiler with black border around the rear windscreen, rear light clusters in dark red, double rounded exhaust and a renewed rear bumper, as well as 18-inch Austin wheels and 225/40R18 tyres complete the GTi’s astonishingly good looks. Looking through the rims, you’d see red painted brake calipers; another GTi distinguishing factor.
Inside, ergonomic sport seats with a classic tartan design has been restored for the newest GTi. The limited cabin space should fit five rather comfortably. At the same time, the fabric or optional red-stitched leather seats present an engaging, sporty interior for the driver and occupants alike. The driver sees a GTi instrument cluster with special color display for lap times and very presentable graphics. The interior package include the leather-clad steering with multi-function switches, coupled with red ambience lighting at the front, trim strips of the door, on door sills and brushed stainless steel pedals.
A 2.0 TSI engine with 6-speed DSG transmission powers the front-wheeled GTi to a nominal 220PS and 350 Nm of torque (a 70 Nm increase from the 6th-gen GTi). This translates to a 0 – 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds and top speed of 244 km/h; up 6 km/h from its predecessor. While the power output and torque had increased, the 7th-gen Golf GTi unequivocally consumes less fuel and emits lower emissions at 6.4 liters (that’s 14 percent lesser than the previous edition) and 148 g/km, respectively. Combined with the hot hatch’s Stop/Start system and lightweight construction thanks to the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), the Golf GTl has lost 42kg of weight compared to the 6th-gen, which equates to a more decent fuel economy.
With the progressive steering that’s enhanced with XDS+ vehicle dynamics, the Golf GTi is seriously fun for aggressive drives and certainly not for the faint hearted!
The latest generation Volkswagen Golf has accumulated over 1.9 million units in terms of production and sales, and that’s a bare testament for the popularity of the variant by the folks at Wolfsburg!
The new Volkswagen Golf GTi is priced at RM217,888, or for more performance, less hassle, go for GTi valued at RM209,888. Options available; the Tech Pack for an additional RM10,000, you get “Vienna” leather seats with 12-way electric adjustable driver’s seat and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Profile Selection. Add another RM 3,000, 19-inch wheels with 225/35R19 tyres are included.