The basic concept of those headlights looks proper, like an evolution of the beautiful MK6 GTI bi-xenons. Here's to the design of the production ones following that same concept, and not anything like the monstrosities they put on the MK6 GLI.
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I nave to say I'm disappointed the manual parking brake is going away and being replaced with an electronic one activated and released by a button, ala B6 Passat. More for reasons of familiarity, nostalgia and the feeling that it "just seems right" than any objective reasons, but there it is...
I know someone with a Touareg with an electronic parking brake. Got stuck due to an item getting jammed behind the switch in the center arm rest area. They would press button and nothing no disengagement, service adviser at the VW dealership says it happens often, luckily they did not charge them to fix it.
No thanks just give me a manual hand pull setup.
What happens if you want to drift? Is that even remotely possible with an electronic e-brake?
I hate the idea of an electronic e-brake. It might not be a deal breaker if the rest of the car is spectacular.
I am also guessing that the new TSI engine will have a larger turbo. I am not sure that the current GTI uses the K03 as there was some information out that the new TSI turbo was smaller than a K03. Regardless I do believe the new Turbo will be approaching the size of a K04.
How did I arrive at this guess? The current TSI engine needed a small turbo that was transparent which led to a smoothness in the GTI that was abscent from the K04 Edition 30 which is rumoured to be peaky with too much lag.
Enter the valvelift TSI engine. VW can have quick turbo spool even on a larger turbo by using the valve lift (which is strategically positioned on the exhaust valves) to increase the exhaust velocity. Jamie also commented that the power will fall between 230 and 240hp. It will be more expensive to reliably tune the current turbo to those output numbers while maintaining a reasonable
"abuse factor" than it is to use a larger turbo, plus the larger turbo will have higher rpm capabilities.
I am also guesstimating that we will see a seven speed DSG with 1:1 in 5th gear and two overdrive gears, but the final gear will not be as tall as the TT-RS due to lower torque numbers. In my opinion, a seven speed (vs a six speed gearbox) with closer ratios is more important that the absolute Horsepower numbers.
I am guessing that the GTI will be equiped eclusively with summer tires. The suspension engineers will have more options available to dial-in the handling of the car.
The brakes will be a carry-over, with less weight and sticky summer tires there is no need waste money developing a new braking systems, but there will likely be a few tweaks to make the brake application more immediate.
Electronic torque vectoring will be optional and the setup will duplicate a 1.5 way torsen diff, but with lock-up capabilities. If the application of the brakes returns it to a open diff profile such as the 4WD haldex does I will be very dissapointed.
With a full electric steering the ESP will be significantly less active, as an electric steering system reacts around 5 to 7 times faster than a legacy braking system and can be tuned as a first line of defence, maybe a little less potent than on a RWD setup (this is one of the areas where I believe dedicated summer tires will make a huge difference).
Twist beam suspension will be used to save weight .
Last edited by 1-VW; 08-24-2012 at 05:29 PM.
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The VW Group already has a 7-speed DSG in production, but it has a lower torque rating than the 6-speed. We know the upcoming Jetta Hybrid (with 1.4 TSI engine) will be using the 7-speed.
I suspect the reality is that there is no new transmission (for now), the 7-speed DSG will be used on the smaller, lower-powered engines (up to and including the 1.4 TSI) and the engines with higher torque output (TDI, 2.0 TSI) will stay with the 6-speed, and the new 1.8 TSI is a crapshoot that could go either way.
Time will tell ...