The Volkswagen Mk8 GTI and Golf R will reach U.S. shores as the 2022 models.
Both the GTI and a hotter R version should arrive in dealers in the third quarter of next year, with production to move from the current Puebla, Mexico to Wolfsburg, Germany.
In Europe, the GTI goes on sale later this year. An aggressive TCR edition with 296 hp (221 kW), a lower stance and a larger brake package is already underway.
The eighth-generation VW GTI is equipped with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 242 hp (180 kW) and 273 lb-ft of torque (273 Nm). It is 14 hp (10 kW) and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) over the 2020 model.
Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic one available for all trims. The limited-slip differential comes standard.
The complex Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM) is new for the 2022 VW GTI. It adds braking force, makes the vehicle’s reaction to steering faster, and cut down on roll stiffness.
Volkswagen also improved the new GTI’s suspension. The wheel options include 17-, 18-, 19-inch sizes, a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 variant.
At least 10 percent price increase is expected for the Mk8 GTI compared with the Mk7 GTI. The current prices are between $28,595 -37,295.
The new-generation hatchback has more standard features, better performance and dynamics, and this may explain its larger cost.