The folks over at Automann-TV have published their third Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI driving video. In this latest version, the hot hatch blasts from zero to 200 km/h.

This video follows the YouTube channel’s earlier upload showing a 0-100 km/h (and top speed) test and the subsequent sound check clip.

Take note the vehicle used in all three videos employs a six-speed manual (rather than seven-speed dual-clutch) transmission, which won't be offered here in South Africa.

So, just how quickly did the Golf 8 GTI reach 200 km/h? Well, if you skip forward to the 03:08-mark, you’ll see the hot hatch hit three figures in 6,3 seconds before reaching 200 km/h in 22,4 seconds (near the top of fourth gear). The sprint continues until an indicated 258 km/h.

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 early 2021.

Watch the video below to see and hear more of Wolfsburg’s midsize hot hatch...