It's time for South African Golf GTI fans to sit up and take notice! In a digital premiere on the Volkswagen South Africa Facebook page, Stefan Knapp and Siyanga Madikizela offer us a first look at the new Golf 8 GTI. Yes, you can begin placing your orders now. Here's more information about the most recent iteration of an icon.
We shared photographs of the all-new Golf GTI making a dramatic exit from a massive cargo ship at Gqeberha harbour a few months ago, much to the pleasure of every GTI lover in South Africa. While most of us can only dream of owning a new Golf GTI, we aren't envious of those who get to drive one every day. After all, it'll be those fortunate individuals who provide us with road and driveway sweets as we stroll or drive past.
The new Golf 8 GTI is expected to outperform the previous model in every way. On August 23rd, another AutoTrader colleague will get the chance to sit behind that lovely, leather-covered sport steering wheel and feel (and hear!) how the GTI feels (and sounds!) while those handsome alloy wheels are turning. But, for the time being, here's a little more on this traveling rock star.
The new CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Car Brand in South Africa, Steffen Knapp, is clearly smitten with VWSA's new baby. He defines himself as a "car guy" (obviously), and it's clear that he's been a die-hard GTI lover since driving the original Golf GTI Mk1 way back when. Looking back, those 81 kiloWatts utterly astounded him. He can now show us the newest GTI, which has 180kW and 370Nm from its 2.0-litre turbocharged EA888 engine, and can hit 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, with a peak speed of (an electrically-governed) 250 km/h. Also, did you know that Volkswagen has sold over 2.3 million GTIs?
Mr Knapp likes to term the interior of the new GTI "surprise-and-delight touches," such as the carbon fiber dashboard inserts and the flashing start/stop button. The switch for the 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission, which replaces the more typical GTI gear lever, is one of the new Golf GTI's distinctive features. Every part of the new GTI has a little bit of 'VRRPHAA' entrenched in it.
Warm Vienna leather Top Sport heated front seats, wireless charging, ambient lighting, a Digital Cockpit with Active Info Display (all standard), a bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system are among the other cabin highlights (both optional). Semi-autonomous driving systems like Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a parallel parking aid will cost extra, as will those high-tech IQ Light LED Matrix headlights (with 22 lenses inside). I'm curious to see what else the GTI receives.
We can also expect a Golf 8 R later this year, but no regular Golf 8 models will be available in South Africa. The demand is simply insufficient. Customers who want more space and a higher ride height will have to settle for the high-spec Polos, while those who want more space and a higher ride height will have to settle for the MQB-based T-Roc and Tiguan.
The GTI's networked Vehicle Dynamics Manager is another item to look forward to. The principal co-ordinator for all electromechanical running gear functions is this higher-level control system. "GTI drivers can choose their own extremely particular setup using the normal driving profile selection by opting for DCC running gear with changeable shock absorbers. As a result, driving becomes even more accurate ", Volkswagen claims.
The new Golf 8 GTI is priced at R669 300, which is competitive with its competitors. Hyundai's hot hatch, the i130N, and the BMW 128ti are competitors in this segment. At R699 900 and R687 418, respectively, they are more expensive than the GTI. The non-AMG A250 with 165kW and 350Nm of torque from the Mercedes-Benz stable would set you back R734 240. One thing is certain: the new Golf GTI will win hearts from Wolfsburg, Germany, to Vilakazi Street and Camps Bay, South Africa. Only one GTI can exist!
Stay up to date on all the latest Volkswagen hot hatch news by following us on AutoTrader. You can also place a pre-order for the GTI of your desires; VWSA has begun collecting orders. On September 1, 2021, national sales will begin.
Retail Price Suggestion (VAT and emissions tax included)
GTI 2.0 TSI 180kW DSG® R669 300 Golf GTI 2.0 TSI 180kW DSG® R669 300 Golf GTI 2.0 TSI 180
The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with a three-year/120-thousand-kilometer guarantee, a five-year/90-thousand-kilometer EasyDrive Service Plan, and a three-year/120-thousand-kilometer warranty.
Anti-corrosion warranty of 12 years. The service interval is set at 15 000 kilometers.
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