Volkswagen South Africa has released local specifications of the new Golf 8 GTI ahead of the front-driven hot hatch’s arrival in the second quarter of 2021.
Though VW says pricing will be announced “closer to the launch date”, it has confirmed the SA-spec Golf 8 GTI’s turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (EA888) will offer the same 180 kW and 370 N.m as the European model (so, no detuning here, then!).
The front-wheel-drive hot hatch will be offered exclusively in seven-speed dual-clutch transmission form, with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 6,4 seconds. Dynamic chassis control with variable shock absorbers will be available as an option, as will dynamic indicators and a panoramic sunroof.
Standard features, meanwhile, will include 18-inch “Richmond” alloy wheels, VW’s lights and vision package (with high-beam control light assist), Climatronic air conditioning, a heated leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, “GTI Vienna” leather seats, the “Composition Media” sound system, the 10,25-inch multi-colour InnoVision cockpit, App-Connect, cruise control (with a speed limiter), parking sensors, wireless smartphone charging and 30-colour ambient lighting.
Further options include a mechanically swivelling trailer hitch, LED matrix headlamps, a black styling package (including black 18-inch “Bergamo” alloys), a head-up display, a smoker’s package, 19-inch “Adelaide” alloy wheels, a Harman Kardon sound system, the “Discover Pro” audio system (with sat-nav, wireless App-Connect and voice control), a parallel parking assistant, rear assist with rear view camera, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, adaptive cruise control (with front assist) and autonomous emergency braking.
The new Golf 8 GTI will be available in three solid paint exterior colours: Pure White, Urano Grey and Moonstone Grey; along with four metallic hues: Dolphin Grey, Atlantic Blue, Kings Red and Reflex Silver; and two pearlescent options: Deep Black Pearl and Oryx White Pearl.
The GTI nameplate is, of course, rather a popular one here in South Africa, with 14 252 units of the seventh-generation version of the hot hatch having been registered since the model arrived in July 2013. Indeed, SA is billed as “one of the largest Golf GTI markets outside of Europe”.