In June of next year, the seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI will be launched on the European market, and it will arrive in the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2014. Europe will get an interesting option: For the first time, a factory performance package will be offered, but it’s not yet certain if it will come to the U.S.
The new car will be lighter by nearly 200 pounds, and horsepower—at least for the European market—will increase from 210 hp to 220. In the U.S., the GTI currently produces 200 hp, and sources tell us it will receive a significant bump in output—the U.S.-market figure is not yet finalized. Like the current model, the next GTI will be fitted with an EA888 2.0-liter TSI engine.
A 10-hp bump is not all that’s included in the European-market performance package, though. We’re told that the package will include a limited-slip differential—the standard GTI must make do with XDS, a brake-based function of the stability-control system that mimics a mechanical limited-slip diff. Considering the next GTI is a lot lighter than the outgoing model anyway, VW isn’t concerning itself with further weight savings in this performance package. But it will include a few more “goodies,” we are promised.
Text Source: Car & Driver