Volkswagen has yet to declare an official 0-100 km/h time or a top speed for its Golf 8 GTI. So the folks over at Automann-TV have resolved to find out for themselves.

Yes, the YouTube channel managed to get its hand on the eighth-generation version of the Golf GTI, subjecting the fresh-faced hot hatch to a launch control test and hitting the autobahn to see just how fast it’ll go (including an in-gear acceleration run from 100 km/h to 200 km/h).

Interestingly, the GTI featured in the video is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox rather than a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In addition, Automann-TV says the ambient temperature on the day of the test was a less-than-ideal 30 degrees Celsius.

Anyway, we won’t give anything more away. Watch the video below to see just how quickly the new (manual) Golf 8 GTI completes the obligatory sprint and what sort of indicated top speed it’ll reach on an unrestricted section of the autobahn.

As a reminder, the new Golf 8 GTI was unveiled (alongside the Golf 8 GTD) at the end of February 2020, sporting fresh styling, extra power and a quicker-shifting DSG transmission.

As before, the GTI draws its urge from a version of VW’s familiar EA888 engine. Here, though, the turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit has been tuned to deliver 180 kW (up from the SA-spec Golf 7 GTI’s peak output of 169 kW) and 370 N.m (some 20 N.m more than the outgoing model).

In May 2020, VW South Africa confirmed the local launch of the new Golf 8 GTI had been pushed back to 2021.