The all-new Volkswagen GTI builds on the long-running tradition of elevating a mild hatchback into a fun-to-drive, yet sophisticated, practical alternative to sports coupes.
This time, there is no Golf companion for the U.S.
The GTI's improvements aim to sharpen the handling, up the power and upgrade connectivity and infotainment.
Following tradition, the GTI is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Power has increased to 242 horsepower.
The GTI comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with the stick topped by a golf ball knob.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.
The interior comes with a large 10-inch infotainment screen, and it can be dressed with plaid upholstery--a nice historic nod to the original GTI.
This eighth-generation one comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning.
The GTI will be built in Germany, rather than Mexico like the outgoing version.
It goes on sale in fall 2021.