The New 242bhp Mk8 VW Golf GTI Is Pleasantly Unsurprising

The GTI version of the Golf 8 ticks all the right boxes - a sensible power output from an uncomplicated petrol engine, a manual gearbox and subtle looks
The New 242bhp Mk8 VW Golf GTI Is Pleasantly Unsurprising

The new VW Golf GTI has been revealed, and it isn’t in any way surprising. We mean that as a compliment - the worst thing VW could have possibly done is fiddled with the recipe, so it’s a relief to see that we’re seeing the usual blend of a reasonably powerful inline-four petrol engine, lightly tweaked suspension and a six-speed manual gearbox.

The powerplant in question is an evolution of VW Group’s extensively used EA888 2.0-litre turbo unit, here making 242bhp. That matches the output of both the new GTE and the old GTI Performance while representing a 15bhp increase over the standard version of the Mk7.5 GTI.

The New 242bhp Mk8 VW Golf GTI Is Pleasantly Unsurprising

Performance figures haven’t been revealed yet, but we’re expecting the 0-62mph time to be roughly similar to the GTI Performance at around 6.2 seconds, with the top speed no doubt electronically limited at 155mph.

While it seems VW won’t be producing a Performance version this time around, the VAQ locking differential it came with is expected to be offered as an option, along with adaptive dampers.

The New 242bhp Mk8 VW Golf GTI Is Pleasantly Unsurprising

As with the last GTI, there’s not a whole lot to visually separate it from the simultaneously revealed Golf GTD nor the GTE which was unveiled late last year. It has the same front bumper design with “strikingly arranged” lights that blend into the honeycomb lower grille, and a light bar that stretches between the headlamps.

Look closer, though, and you will see the telltale GTI red stripe just above that bar, a theme continued through the light clusters. The rear bumper design is unchanged, meanwhile, but the GTI is given away by its two exhaust pipes that exit either side.

The New 242bhp Mk8 VW Golf GTI Is Pleasantly Unsurprising

The inside isn’t all that different from the rest of the Golf range either, save for the inevitable inclusion of tartan ‘Clark’ chequered seats. A 10.25-inch display is used for the instrument cluster, while just to the right, there’s a 10-inch touchscreen on infotainment duties. With the latter, it’s possible to fine-tune the (where fitted) adaptive dampers using a sliding scale.

Prefer something more hardcore? A TCR version is in the works and should be revealed at some point in 2020.



This is the blandest looking hot hatch I have ever seen. Shame.

02/26/2020 - 23:45 |
64 | 4

so much for a “hot hatch”

02/27/2020 - 00:28 |
16 | 4

It looks bored to death

02/27/2020 - 14:31 |
6 | 4
Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

In reply to by Elliot.J99

When Honda decided to go wild, everyone complained, but when VW goes subtle, people also complain.

Looking subtle is the point of the GTI. It isn’t supposed to look like a race car, and it wouldn’t make any sense anyway. The GTI has always been the subtle car, same for the Golf R. It’s a good all-rounder that’s also fast, that’s the entire point of it. I don’t exactly appreciate the restyling, but the general recipe for styling is still the good one.

02/27/2020 - 21:27 |
24 | 0

bicht hacht

02/27/2020 - 21:37 |
0 | 2

Fuск you all
It looks awesome

02/28/2020 - 07:05 |
4 | 2

Looks way worse than the last gen imo

02/27/2020 - 00:30 |
32 | 4
Ben Shapiro part 2

Looks pretty depressed imo

02/27/2020 - 02:10 |
18 | 4

They read to many comments on the civic type R.

02/27/2020 - 04:00 |
12 | 0

Im not too impressed it doesnt look to diffrent to the normal one has the same engine and drivetrain as the old one im not too sure if id want one

02/27/2020 - 04:46 |
2 | 4

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I guess VW got bit by Porsche=)

02/27/2020 - 05:58 |
0 | 0

how boring - the 7.5 looks much nicer imo

02/27/2020 - 08:37 |
2 | 4

Reading a few of the comments below i think people have missed the point of the Golf GTI.
Its made to look subtle on purpose not everyone wants a car that looks fast, some people want an understated fast car.
I mean there are so many people on this site who look like “sleepers” which are bland cars that are fast. So what is wrong with and understated fast car from the factory?

02/27/2020 - 08:52 |
20 | 2
Down With This Sort of Thing

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Kia and Toyota just got the flattered the f*&k out of.

02/27/2020 - 10:01 |
2 | 12

I think you are blind

02/28/2020 - 07:06 |
4 | 0
2003 Peugeot 206 CC

Why do they keep on getting uglier?

02/27/2020 - 11:50 |
10 | 6

I must say, I agree

and also:
धूम मचाले

02/28/2020 - 02:33 |
2 | 0
Cam Kennedy

Love how understated it is. Exactly what a GTI should be!

02/27/2020 - 15:26 |
10 | 0


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