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 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.