Volkswagen to start building the Mk7 Golf GTI this spring image

Volkswagen will start manufacturing the seventh generation Golf GTI this spring, a company spokesman told

„We’ll start building the seventh generation GTI this spring,” said Jakob Kaehler via e-mail, who confirmed the new GTI will be launched this year in Europe. „It will not come to the U.S. market this year though,” Kaehler added.

According to the VW spokesman, the last sixth generation GTIs are currently being sold, leaving room for the all-new Mk7 GTI. Although the VW official didn’t offer further details regarding the auto show where the car will be premiered and the timetable of its market launch, the new GTI is likely to be showcased at the Geneva show next month.

There is no mystery regarding the looks of the new GTI, as VW has shown a pre-production concept study at the Paris Auto Show last year that showed exactly how the series car will look. Like the Mk6 Golf GTI, the all-new model will be powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, developing 220 horsepower – 10 hp more than the previous generation. However, VW will also offer an optional performance package that will add another 10 ponies, for a total of 230 hp.

The 230-hp Golf GTI will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds (6.6 seconds for the standard model), with top speed rated at 250 km/h (245 km/h for the standard GTI).