Volkswagen's Golf 5 Sportline may have left hardcore performance fans feeling a bit short-changed, but the iconic Golf GTI, with 147 kW on tap, will soon be launched - and we have the details.

Volkswagen's Golf 5 Sportline may have left hardcore performance fans feeling a bit short-changed, but the iconic Golf GTI, with 147 kW on tap, will soon be launched - and we have the details.

Powered by Volkswagen's new 2,0-litre FSI turbo engine, the fifth generation GTI follows in Volkswagen's hot hatch tradition, pounding out 147 kW and 280 N.m of torque between 1 800 and 5 000 r/min.

The zero to 100 km/h sprint can be covered in 7,2 seconds, but with the optional DSG transmission fitted, this time can be cut back to a very-quick 6,9 seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard equipment.

From the front, the Golf cuts a powerful presence with its black grille framed in red with three large airdams, all covered in diamond mesh, dominating the front. Wider side sills, heat reflective windows and darkened headlight housings sets the GTI apart from its regular Golf siblings, while at the rear, it is distinguished by awesome twin tailpipes. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels complete the athletic look from the outside.

In the cabin, the seats have been newly designed with the GTI insignia stitched onto the headrests. The three-spoke steering wheel has been covered with perforated leather to provide greater grip at breakneck speeds. Aluminium inserts on the steering wheel, gearstick knob, foot pedals and interior trim provide the cabin with a crisp look.

The three-door hatchback comes with a newly designed instrument panel, Climatic air conditioner, a multi function display unit and tyre monitor display, among other features. It has a specially tuned sports suspension lowered by 15 mm and safety features include ABS, ESP, active front head restraints and six airbags.

Volkswagen's timing with its fifth-generation Golf GTI could not have been sweeter... While Renault's Mégane RS has just been launched locally and the next Opel Astra OPC is on its way here too, those wanting more bite between robots are certainly spoilt for choice.