Volkswagen will use an electric motor in order to boost the performance of its next generation MK8 GTI. Read on for details…
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- A 48V electical system and powerful electric motor will be offered
- Could feature a Formula 1-esque boost function
- Power output is expected to be around 286hp
- Mk8 GTI should go on sale in 2019
The next generation VW Golf MK8 is scheduled to be released in the UK in early 2018 but buyers looking for a sporty GTI model may have to wait until 2019. This upcoming hot hatch will probably use a new 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine boosted by an electric motor – just like a Mclaren P1.
Volkswagen Golf GTI styling and interior
The new Mk8 model will doubtless feature a number of timeless GTI design features – it’ll certainly look more muscular appearance than the standard car thanks to red trim pieces, sporty wheels, a new spoiler and chunky twin exhaust tips. There aren’t any plans to bring back the GTI Cabriolet model, however, so you’ll have to be satisfied with the more practical five-door version.
Its interior will be handsomely appointed with plenty of kit – a large infotainment system with sat nav, numerous driver assist features and lots of exclusive GTI trim pieces including chequered cloth seats should all come fitted as standard.
Volkswagen Golf GTI engines and driving
The upcoming GTI should produce more power than the current top spec 261hp Clubsport model. Range-topping special editions could pump out as much as 325hp – that’s more than the current Golf R. This power-hike will come thanks to the addition of a small electric motor and a powerful 48V battery. As standard, the GTI will come with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox – unfortunately, it’s not known whether the next-generation car will be available with a manual gearbox.
It’s safe to say that the new GTI’s engine will not only be more powerful but should also more fuel-efficient than the current model, too. Lightweight materials and an updated chassis will aid both performance and fuel economy.
2019 Golf GTI price and release date
The Golf’s eighth generation is expected to go on sale either late 2017 or early 2018. Expect the Golf GTI to go on sale shortly after in 2019. Entry-level GTI models could cost from approximately £28,000 while range-topping Clubsport editions could leave you with a bill for more than £30,000.