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    Thread: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII GTI concept revealed

    1. Junior Member razotong's Avatar
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      09-26-2012 07:21 AM #1
      These are the first official photos with the new Volkswagen Golf VII GTI which is scheduled to hit the market next spring, despite initial predictions that were referring to a 2013 autumn launch. According to AutoBild, this is a near-production concept that will be shown this week in Paris but the one that will go on sale will look almost the same.

      At the heart of the hot hatch is a 2.0-liter TFSI turbo engine with 220 hp (164 kW), but Volkswagen will offer an optional performance package that will increase the output of the engine to 230 hp (171 kW). It has a peak torque of 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) and promises to provide a fuel consumption of 6.6 liters / 100 km (35.6 mpg US or 42.8 mpg UK).

      The Golf VII GTI needs 6.6 seconds to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and can hit a top speed of 152 mph (246 km/h). Fitted with the performance package, it does the sprint 0.1 quicker and reaches 155 mph (250 km/h).

      As far as the design is concerned, this GTI concept gets a honeycomb radiator grille with a red line in typical GTI style, along with twin chrome exhaust pipes and LED taillights. Compared to the standard Golf VII, the hotter version has been lowered by 15mm and comes with red brake calipers and the usual array of GTI wheels: Denver, Detroit and Glendale, offered in 17- or 18-inch sizes. It can also be fitted with the updated Brooklyn alloys.

      The interior of the cabin doesn’t hold any surprises as it has the usual red stitching, a three-spoke flattened steering wheel, the gear knob in golf ball design and the black roof lining. There’s also a special instrument cluster with a color display and chronograph-style instruments. Other features include aluminum pedals and red ambient lightning.








    2. 09-26-2012 07:53 AM #2
      Now that's what I've been waiting for. Very nice. I even like the Candy White. Can't wait to see a few more pics and hear when they're actually hitting dealerships in the US. Thanks, OP.

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      09-26-2012 08:06 AM #3
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      09-26-2012 08:35 AM #4
      Auto Express (UK) has some pictures as well as information for the EU cars.
      Sounds promising....especially if they offer a chip upgrade, which AutoExpress appears to imply.


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      09-26-2012 08:53 AM #5
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      Those must be the new "Brooklyn" wheels referenced; Brooklyn's in da house!!!

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      09-26-2012 08:56 AM #6
      If that is in fact the concept to be displayed - and I find that credible - then the only thing I see that I think they'd change is that lower bumper color scheme, probably to something more like the current car. So all in all, a pretty conservative evolution for the GTI, appearance-wise. That, and maybe the red piping that strangely seems to continue through the lights??

    7. 09-26-2012 09:14 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by John Y View Post
      If that is in fact the concept to be displayed - and I find that credible - then the only thing I see that I think they'd change is that lower bumper color scheme, probably to something more like the current car. So all in all, a pretty conservative evolution for the GTI, appearance-wise. That, and maybe the red piping that strangely seems to continue through the lights??
      They'll change the wheels for sure. They won't go unidirectional like a 1984 Corvette.
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      09-26-2012 09:17 AM #8
      I hope the throttle pedal is not like the one pictured.

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      09-26-2012 09:39 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by John Y View Post
      If that is in fact the concept to be displayed - and I find that credible - then the only thing I see that I think they'd change is that lower bumper color scheme, probably to something more like the current car. So all in all, a pretty conservative evolution for the GTI, appearance-wise. That, and maybe the red piping that strangely seems to continue through the lights??
      I'd be curious to see the lower bumper photoshopped/painted up to look like the MKVI... Because I don't really care for how it looks in pictures. I'm a little disappointed but I was with the MKVI too (and that eventually grew on me a lot).
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      09-26-2012 10:00 AM #10
      It's ok.... I am glad that I own a mk6. Now as far as the engine and mechanics go, that is the plus for mk7

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      09-26-2012 10:11 AM #11
      Not a huge jump from the mk6 in the looks department- I do really like the wheels (being a huge fan of the current detroits this is a plus). Interior looks very similar with a few subtle differences. I am interested to actually see the engine specifications when it is released. would be nice to see it stock with a little more kick for sure. Being a mk6 owner, I don't mind waiting longer til its stateside! Glad they kept the signature seats, but not sure if I like the idea of an electronic E brake...

    12. 09-26-2012 10:43 AM #12
      The butresses on the sides of the back window that go up to connect to the spoiler are interesting. Not as clean of a look as GTIs to this point, but must be there for aerodynamics/mileage.

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      09-26-2012 10:46 AM #13
      ugh... electronic parking brake.....

      not sure how I feel about the car, but I hated the mk6 when it came out and now ive had one for 2 years..
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      09-26-2012 11:10 AM #15
      Electronic parking (e-brake) is not necessary...
      My mom's Legacy has one, not crazy about it. I don't think it has a place on the GTI, Passat maybe...

      Otherwise I dig this GTI progression.

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      09-26-2012 11:39 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by DaWolfsburg View Post
      Electronic parking (e-brake) is not necessary...
      My mom's Legacy has one, not crazy about it. I don't think it has a place on the GTI, Passat maybe...

      Otherwise I dig this GTI progression.
      I bet the e-ebrake won't make it to the US, but VWoA might leave it in to spite us.

      The MK7 looks like a MK6 that has been doing P90X; lighter, faster, stronger, better endurance.
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    16. 09-26-2012 12:21 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by John Y View Post
      ...only thing I see that I think they'd change is that lower bumper color scheme, probably to something more like the current car....

    17. 09-26-2012 12:28 PM #18
      Not feeling the slats in the front bumper or red line continuing through the headlights. Overall looks great. Looking forward to real life pics.

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      09-26-2012 12:39 PM #19
      I'm sure that the bumper is there to stay. It's a design evolution of the old GTI mixed with what that new Golf is doing. It will look normal and cool in person.

      The red line in the headlights actually makes sense to me. VW started this with the Jetta VI... it's a continuation of the grille line that pays homage to the days when the the headlights were inside of the grille. I think that the GLI's grille has chrome trim because the headlights have that chrome grille line in them already. I actually suggested that the GLI should get red trim in the lights and a red line on the grille.

    19. 09-26-2012 12:59 PM #20
      love it. it's the 911 of FWD cars. I only wish I had a 991 Carrera S to park to next to mine when I get it. Sexy car!!!

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      09-26-2012 01:20 PM #21
      Must say. Dissapointing looks! Car looks like a tall stake and wheelfacelift don't work at all. Way too boring looks overall. Interior is great though. After seeing this, I love even more my mk2 g60 syncro

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      09-26-2012 02:04 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by papaskot View Post
      Even if VW doesn't do this from the factory, a little paint will clean up the front end nicely. Thanks for the chop!
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      09-26-2012 02:07 PM #23
      Obviously more evolutionary than revolutionary, but that's not a bad thing in this case. I think it looks great.

      That side-window shape on the two-door is going to look great with a darker tint.

      I'm glad the steering wheel is less flat-bottomed than the current one, which I find to be awkward, poser-y, and overly sculpted.

      Less weight, slightly more power, and possibly a real mechanical limited-slip diff? These are the top 3 improvements I would make to the Mk6 GTI if I could.

      One thing I'm not sure I like: What are those black buttresses coming off of the roof spoiler? They might be to clean up the aerodynamics, but it looks strange to me.
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      09-26-2012 02:09 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by papaskot View Post
      Ah, that's more like it

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      09-26-2012 02:11 PM #25
      Looks nice. As of now I like the looks of the mk6 more but well wee if the styling of the 7 grows on me

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      09-26-2012 02:15 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by mediumbluemetalic View Post
      The red line in the headlights actually makes sense to me. VW started this with the Jetta VI... it's a continuation of the grille line that pays homage to the days when the the headlights were inside of the grille. I think that the GLI's grille has chrome trim because the headlights have that chrome grille line in them already. I actually suggested that the GLI should get red trim in the lights and a red line on the grille.
      You'll notice that this horizontal line actually wraps around the entire car, as it turns into the shoulder line, gets picked up by the bottom edge of the fuel filler door, continues through the tail lights and then forms the crease in the hatch. I like seeing designs that are so holistically thought-out and integrated.
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      09-26-2012 02:18 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Slipstream View Post
      I'd be curious to see the lower bumper photoshopped/painted up to look like the MKVI... Because I don't really care for how it looks in pictures. I'm a little disappointed but I was with the MKVI too (and that eventually grew on me a lot).
      Well, I may be wrong, but I vaguely recall the mk6 GTI "concept" featured those as well and fortunately they didn't make it to production; hopefully these won't. Though it makes you wonder why they bother.

    27. 09-26-2012 02:23 PM #28
      need bigger side skirt and front lip

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      09-26-2012 02:56 PM #29
      I do like the fact that the side bolsters look like they've been articulated to support the shoulders a little better, sort of like Porsche sport seats.

    29. 09-26-2012 04:13 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by John Y View Post
      I do like the fact that the side bolsters look like they've been articulated to support the shoulders a little better, sort of like Porsche sport seats.
      I doubt the bolsters will be adjustable.
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      09-26-2012 04:37 PM #31
      Not liking the square window frame at all.

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      09-26-2012 05:07 PM #32
      So disappointed by the looks especially the squared off windows and the rear taillights (can you say Audi much?) but I'm sure it'll grow on me in a few years. It's too bad considering it'll be a proper "sporty" car with the weight loss, extra rigidity, and proper mechanical diff.

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      09-26-2012 05:18 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      I doubt the bolsters will be adjustable.
      Adjustable oh, you may be thinking of the adaptive porsche seats...I mean the regular sports, that run about $750 or so; no adjustable bolsters but they have a similar 'flare' in the shoulder area, like these appear to.

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      09-26-2012 07:43 PM #34
      No thanks! (Which is a shame) I should hold my breathe until I see it in person though..

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      09-26-2012 08:09 PM #35
      overall, it looks good. I think i prefer the mk6 design traits just slightly...

      i'm actually not really a fan of the interior changes. the mating point between the door and the dash is a little strange... nothing really lines up there. And the steering wheel almost seems too cluttered now with everything else that's going on. I'll have to see it in person.

      The continuation of the rid stripe through the headlights is interesting though...

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