We can now confirm that the new Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently being tested, with the motoring press already publishing the first spy shots of the new car that will be released next year.
The latest range of spy shots were taken in the United States and give away much more detail about the design of the new car. It is definitely longer and lower than the current model. Volkswagen was unfortunately clever enough to use a lot of black masking tape and even optical camouflage to hide the finer details of the car - perhaps an indication that we can expect some significant changes.
The car is reportedly riding on the redeveloped MQB chassis platform, which is more versatile than its predecessor. In the pictures it is possible to clearly see two different models: a standard five-door version and a three-door GTI.
The journalists saw the prototypes leaving the garage together with an Audi S3 - apparently used for benchmarking purposes. This might well be an indication of what we can expect from the new car, performance wise.
The three-door model features twin chrome exhausts and big wheels. The spy shots do not reveal much of the inside of the new car, but it is likely to stick with the most popular features of the previous model including the sports seats.
A range of turbocharged and supercharged engines will be on offer, including the flagship: a two-litre producing 300bhp. If it is efficiency you are after, the 1.2-litre engine delivering 70mpg should be right up your street.
Author - Louise Hutchinson
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