2009 Golf GTI Details Emerging
It looks like the Golf GTI MkVI is sticking with a 2.0-litre turbo, but this time it’s the new EA888 unit developed by Audi which gives 211bhp and features a new variable valve-lift system. The word is that the Golf’s handling will be given a harder edge, bringing it more in-line with the handling characteristics of the new Scirocco.
Looks-wise the new GTI will feature beefier front and rear bumpers and 18-inch alloys, with 19-inch available as an option. It will also feature Audi-style LED running lights at the front, so it will be easily identified out on the road.
Evo magazine has seen a design-freeze model (sorry, no pictures available) and say ‘it looks promising’:
As for the release date, there’s a little uncertainty – most sources are quoting spring 2009 whereas EVO are claiming summer, but there is a possibility of seeing a preview of the GTI at the Paris Motor Show in October.
However, it’s not all good news. If you’re a fan of hot hatches with stonking V6 engines under the bonnet then you’ll be sad to hear that the next Golf R will follow in the footsteps of the current Audi A3. Emissions regulations have finally got the better of the Golf and this means ditching the 6-cylinder engine in favour of a turbocharged 2.0-litre, expected to give 263bhp. So what will it be called? Somehow a Golf R20 doesn’t sound so good when we’ve still got a Golf R32.