When Volkswagen whipped the covers off the new Golf 8 GTI back in February 2020, it opted not to release a claimed 0-100 km/h time. But now an idea of that figure has emerged.

During a passenger ride in the new model, VW dynamics guru Karsten Schebsdat hinted to Autocar the hot hatch’s acceleration time would likely be similar to that of the old Golf GTI Performance variant offered in the United Kingdom.

The publication thus suggests the Golf 8 GTI will be able to complete the obligatory sprint in “around 6,2 seconds” when fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. For the record, that’s two-tenths quicker than the Golf 7 GTI still offered here in South Africa (the 213 kW Golf 7 GTI TCR, meanwhile, will hit 100 km/h from zero in a claimed 5,6 seconds) .

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. It is expected to arrive in South Africa either towards the end of 2020 or early in 2021.

As before, the new 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).