Launch of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI

Story by Benjamin G. Kline and Volkswagen, Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
17 Jul 2013

Engaging a new generation of keen drivers...

The next generation Golf GTI has arrived! This morning local motoring journalists were treated to a day of pushing the new GTIs to their limits. Volkswagen Singapore specially marked out a track they named ‘Power Alley’ at the vast expanse of tarmac at Changi Exhibition Centre for journalists to discover the new level of performance offered by the hot hatchback.

The new car continues the GTI tradition of being a car for your every need. Be it space, performance or economy, the GTI combines all these qualities even better than before.

Of course performance is high on the list for this car and the new GTI features a trick electronic differential that acts on both front and rear axles to bring the car back from a sticky situation and keeping all four wheels safely on the road.

Over the coming days, local Volkswagen forum members as well as the public who signed up previously for the GTI experience will get to put the new car through its paces at the circuit that has been specially laid out at Changi Exhibition Centre.

With the constant hard driving around the hot tarmac, Volkswagen partnered Pirelli to supply the especially sticky Pirelli P-zeros for the event. 

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Bore x Stroke (82.5/92.8)mm
Power 220bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 160.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 244 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4,268 x 1,790 x 1,442) mm
Wheelbase 2,631 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1370 kg
Boot Capacity 380 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1270 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs