As the arrival of the brand new, eight generation Golf nears, Volkswagen have taken the wraps off the range’s three performance models.
First seen in the seventh generation model, the new Golf will be available as a GTI, GTD, or GTE, each with its own distinct powertrain and character.
The new Golf GTI will be powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol turbo engine with 245PS sent to the front wheels.
Unique styling cues mark the GTI out, such as striking LED fog lights and illuminated grille bar.
The Golf GTE, meanwhile, gets its grunt from a hybrid of a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 13kWh battery for an overall output of 245PS, while the GTD model delivers 200PS from its 2.0-litre, four cylinder turbodiesel.
Both models enjoy similar exterior design cues to the GTI, though both the GTE and GTD have features that are unique to those models.
The GTD, for example, is described by VW themselves as an ‘endurance athlete’, capable of impressively long range from a single fuel fill-up, as well as unprecedentedly low nitrogen oxide emissions thanks to a twin-dose catalytic converter.
By contrast, the GTE can provide zero emission driving with up to 60km of electric-only range available from its on-board battery. GTE-specific read-outs are also available via the digital cockpit and infotainment system.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but you can register your interest with your local JCT600 Volkswagen dealership right now. Alternatively, pop in to your nearest dealership, or get in touch with a member of the team for more information.