2015 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI: THE ICON REINVENTED

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The original hot hatch just got even hotter, starting at $24,395 for the two-door S model.

  • Seventh-generation Golf GTI is bigger, lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient than previous generation
  • Room for five with a larger trunk than any mid-size sedan
  • Increases of 10 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque from new EA888 TSI® engine
  • $700 price decrease on content-adjusted comparison with previous GTI
  • EPA estimated highway fuel economy improves by 3 mpg with the manual transmission
  • Golf GTI Performance Package provides a great value at just $1,495, includes electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential
  • DCC® adaptive damping to be offered as an option for the first time in the U.S.

Herndon, VA –The latest version of the car that defined the term “hot hatch” builds on a classic formula; refinement, style, power, and playful performance, a package that has met with great success since the GTI’s U.S. debut in 1983. The all-new Golf GTI features a highly sophisticated EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine that makes 210 horsepower and a healthy 258 pound-feet of torque, figures that are 10 hp and 51 lb-ft higher than in the previous-generation GTI model. The optional Performance Package, which goes on sale later in the model year, ups the ante with 220 horsepower, as well as a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. All 2015 Golf GTI models have a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic that has a launch control feature.

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This new-generation Golf GTI has grown in size yet dropped in weight by up to 82 pounds, despite a plethora of new and upscale features. The new generation introduces Volkswagen’s versatile MQB (modular transverse matrix) vehicle platform to the North American market—a significant step in standardizing, simplifying, and improving the design and creation of products across the entire Volkswagen Group portfolio. The MQB architecture allows for a more cab-backward design, which gives the new Golf GTI a more upscale appearance while retaining classic design cues from the Mk 1 and Mk 4 generation GTI models.

The all-new Golf GTI is better equipped than its predecessor, regardless of trim level. The Golf GTI S, which starts at $24,395 (plus $820 destination charge) for the two-door model with manual transmission, adds the following over the previous entry-level GTI: standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, VW Car-Net® connected services, ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights, LED foglights, and a new Driving Mode Selection feature.

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (APCBS) is standard on all Golf GTI models, while new comfort and convenience features include the Fender® Premium Audio System and Climatronic® automatic air conditioning. For the first time, American Volkswagen enthusiasts will be able to order the DCC adaptive damping system as an $800 option on Performance Package-equipped SE and Autobahn models.

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Exterior

The 2015 car is wrapped in sheetmetal that is totally modern yet equally unmistakable as a Volkswagen Golf GTI. The shape and design elements remain as defined as ever, with a distinctive C-pillar and roofline framing classic Golf GTI side windows, but the striking new front end and steeply sloped hood leave no doubt this is an all-new model.

The new look is further accentuated by the sharper headlight clusters and the bright-red horizontal graphic that runs through the optional Bi-Xenon headlights, as well as by the narrower grille, which now leads to a strong character line that travels along the side and all the way back to the taillight clusters, only breaking for the wheelarches. Just above, another body line can be traced from the rear side window all the way back up to the headlights and front horizontal graphic. These subtle body lines help create a poised yet elegant appearance.

In addition to the red-colored horizontal highlight on the grille, the Golf GTI has several other visual differences from its conventional Golf brethren. The lower front fascia incorporates standard LED foglights housed within a series of horizontal strakes on either side of a unique mesh pattern grille. Red-painted brake calipers peek behind bespoke GTI wheels and subtle side skirts help to give the GTI a more planted appearance. Around back, bright exhaust tips sit on either side of a unique rear diffuser, and a roof spoiler further differentiate the car.

Dimensionally, the Golf GTI has grown in all directions but up. Overall length has increased by 2.1 inches, while width has gained 0.5 inches. Overall height has decreased, however, by 1.1 inches, making the car look more ready to pounce than ever. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the front-wheel centerline and the pedalbox, the front wheels now sit 1.7 inches further forward, giving a premium “cab backward” aesthetic.

Along with the new design graphics and shape, these updated proportions help the Golf GTI achieve a lower visual center of gravity and a more dynamic stance, helped by a sport suspension that lowers the car by 0.4 inches compared with a regular Golf. The car is more aerodynamic than the previous GTI, with a Coefficient of drag of 0.31. The all-new Golf GTI is equipped with large 18-inch wheels as standard equipment, wrapped in standard all-season or optional summer 225/40 tires. A panoramic power tilt and slide sunroof is standard equipment on the SE and Autobahn models.

A stand-alone Lighting Package is available for $995 for all three Golf GTI trim levels: it consists of Bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as Volkswagen’s Adaptive Front-lighting System. This system swivels the main headlight beams by up to 15 percent as the steering wheel is turned to help illuminate bends in the road more effectively at speeds of more than 6 mph. Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers are now standard on SE models and above, along with automatic headlights.

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Interior

The all-new Golf GTI takes a further step upscale with its interior. In all regards, it’s a larger, more mature cabin with an emphasis on comfort and a substantial features list. Despite the Golf GTI’s lower overall height, interior space has been increased all around, with 93.5 cubic feet of interior room compared with 92.9 for the previous GTI.

Shoulder space has been increased by 1.2 inches in the front and 1.1 inches in the back, while elbow room has a slightly more modest increase of 0.9 inches and 0.8 inches respectively. The cargo capacity in the trunk is improved by around eight percent compared with the previous model, to 16.5 cubic feet up to the parcel shelf and 22.8 cu ft to the roof. That’s more luggage room than even the largest mid-size sedan. The load area is now easier to access, thanks to a load sill that is 0.7 inches lower and an opening that is 1.9 inches wider. The versatility of the load space has been enhanced by a trunk floor that can be raised or lowered by 3.9 inches, while the 60:40 split backrest can be folded to give an almost flat cargo area that easily accommodates a full-size bicycle. With the rear seats folded, the Golf GTI now has 52.7 cu ft of cargo capacity, fully 15 percent larger than before.

In addition to the added space, many of the driver controls have been repositioned for optimum ergonomics and usability. The seat position is now 0.8 inches further back, while the height of the GTI shifter and the spacing between the pedals have all been fine-tuned as well. This new driver-centric design focus is evident from the center stack, which is now angled towards the driver—a trait frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles.

The Golf GTI’s premium performance personality is further accentuated by the red ambient lighting and illuminated door sills; black headliner and trim inserts; buttons and switches that are now backlit in white; and the use of premium materials and soft-touch plastics throughout. A GTI-specific instrument cluster, sporty aluminum-look pedals, the unique shifter knob, and the flat-bottomed sport steering wheel also ensure differentiation from its less sporty siblings.

An equal amount of attention has been paid to maximizing comfort and convenience. The standard sport seats, with classic GTI “Clark” plaid seating surfaces, are heatable, for instance. There are no fewer than six cupholders. The cruise control switches are now housed on the leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, as opposed to the previous column stalk. The Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod and iPhone® connectivity is now in the center stack, while more traditional media such as CDs and SD cards can be inserted into slots in the large glovebox.

One of the most significant advances in the all-new Golf GTI comes in the form of its new touchscreen infotainment center, standard on all models. At 5.8-inches in size, the display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor (as in smartphone and the like tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.

This infotainment module offers an available SD card-based navigation program complete with 3D rendering, as well as the expected audio functions (including standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio) and car analytics and settings—specifically the GTI’s Driving Mode Selection. This display also has a proximity sensor function, which senses when a hand is nearby and automatically switches its display to a more finger-friendly layout.

The Driving Mode Selection feature is new for the seventh-generation Golf GTI. There are three modes on cars with the standard sport suspension: “Normal”, “Sport”, and “Individual”. The DCC adaptive damping system adds a “Comfort” mode. Normal and Sport have a different steering heft and throttle response, while Individual allows a driver to tailor the steering and throttle to their own liking, as well as adjust the front lighting on cars fitted with the Lighting Package. With the DCC system, Comfort mode puts the dampers in their softest setting for a smooth highway ride and to their firmest setting in Sport for better cornering performance.

On top of the standard features of the Golf GTI S, all SE models are equipped with a rearview camera, Keyless access with push-button access, and the highly acclaimed Fender Premium Audio System, as well as leather seating surfaces and a panoramic power tilt and slide sunroof. The top-of-the-line Autobahn variants add the navigation system, Climatronic automatic climate control, and a 12-way power driver’s seat.

Engines and Transmissions
In classic Volkswagen style, the Golf GTI is powered by a compact turbocharged engine. The 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged and direct-injection unit that powers the new Golf GTI is a member of the latest, third-generation EA888 engine family and is built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art factory in Silao, Mexico. The EA888 engine line is a masterpiece of modern engine design that provides high levels of performance, efficiency, and drivability in a lightweight, compact package.

The new EA888 engine produces 10 horsepower more than the engine it replaces, topping out at 210 horsepower at 4,500 rpm. It also brings a massive boost in peak torque, from 207 pound-feet to 258 lb-ft, beginning at just 1,500 rpm and lasting until 4,500 rpm. The available Performance Package modifies the engine programming to hold peak torque for an extra 200 rpm, enabling the EA888 to produce an extra 10 horsepower for a total of 220 at 4,700 rpm.

Despite this increase in horsepower and torque, the new Golf GTI is more fuel efficient than previously. When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the Golf GTI records an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, compared to the previous-generation GTI’s ratings of 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. When equipped with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, the fuel economy improves from the previous model’s 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway to EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The DSG transmission also incorporates a launch control feature.

Augmenting the EA888’s 16-valve, dual-overhead-camshaft layout is the latest variable cam phasing system, which controls both intake and exhaust valves, as well as a variable lift system for the valves themselves. The single-scroll turbocharger (commonly engineered by IHI and Volkswagen) feeds intercooled air through the aluminum-alloy crossflow cylinder head. Fuel is delivered by the latest high-pressure direct-fuel-injection system at 2,900 pounds per square inch, compared to 2,176 psi on the previous EA888 engine.

The new engine is designed to be both lighter than the old unit and also to reduce friction. Weight is reduced thanks to a combination of compact design, streamlined componentry, and a focus on lightweight materials. The cast-iron engine block uses a wall thickness of just 0.12 inches to reduce its weight to 72 pounds, while a lightweight polymer oilpan and aluminum-alloy screws and fasteners also trim mass. Other changes that help the engine to shed pounds include a reduction from eight to four crankshaft counterweights. Internal friction is reduced due to measures such as roller bearings for the engine’s balancer shafts and a reduction in the size of the engine’s main bearings.

The engine is also extremely compact, illustrated by the way in which the exhaust headers have been integrated directly into the cylinder head. This not only improves the system coolant operation (aiding rapid warm-up, which helps improve efficiency), but it also allows greater thermal management of the exhaust stream. This, along with a turbocharger that can withstand extremely high exhaust temperatures, means the forced-induction system doesn’t require complex fuel enrichments under high load, helping improve both efficiency and longevity.

 

Suspension and Chassis

As the first U.S.-market vehicle built on Volkswagen’s MQB modular platform, the new Golf GTI features an all-new body-in-white. The unitary construction chassis has two solid-mounted subframes with bolt-on front fenders, and utilizes new technologies such as the laser clamp welder, which produces “wobble seam” welds in a wave pattern to maximize strength in a limited space, offering up to four times the strength of a traditional spot weld.

The all-new Golf GTI’s stamped steel body and chassis now boasts 28-percent of its parts in high-strength, hot-formed steel, as opposed to six percent in the previous GTI. This technology—along with the use of newly developed ultra-high-strength steels that weren’t available during the last generation’s development and now comprise nine percent of the new Golf GTI’s bodyshell—allow much of the chassis and body to be constructed from thinner and lighter parts without any loss in strength. Thanks to the use of selective thickness for parts, a single component can be tailor-rolled to have as many as 11 zones of varying thicknesses. The upshot is a body-in-white that weighs 51 pounds less than the previous car’s despite offering 10 percent more torsional rigidity. Overall, the new Golf GTI is 53 to 82 pounds lighter than the previous-generation car, despite its larger size and additional equipment.

The new Golf GTI features a strut-type front suspension with lower control arms and a multilink rear suspension, both of which are controlled by coil springs with telescopic dampers. The Golf GTI has a lowered sport suspension, which is 0.6 inches lower than the Golf TSI and TDI® Clean Diesel models. The front suspension includes a 24-millimeter anti-roll bar while the rear has a 20-millimeter version, 2 mm larger at the front and 1 mm thicker at the back compared with a regular Golf TSI model.

The Golf GTI can also be ordered for the first time in the U.S. with the latest version of Volkswagen’s DCC adaptive damping system, which manages the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle dynamics. This feature is only available on SE and Autobahn models fitted with the optional Performance Package.

The all-new Golf GTI comes equipped with large 12.4-inch vented front discs and 10.7-inch solid rear discs with standard three-channel ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution. Opting for the Performance Package increases brake disc size even further, to 13.4-inch front and 12.2-inch rear vented discs, with single-piston calipers all around.

All 2015 Golf GTI models are equipped with the XDS+® Cross Differential System—an updated version of the XDS system seen on the previous GTI. This technology acts somewhat like an electronic substitute for a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential, working by actively monitoring data from each wheel sensor. If the suspension becomes unloaded, the system automatically applies braking to the driven inside wheel as needed to reduce understeer (the tendency for the front wheels to run wide). This not only helps keep the Golf on the road, but also improves handling and cornering performance.

Another new feature on the Golf GTI is the ESC Sport function for very experienced drivers. The system is activated by a two-stage switch on the center console. If the driver pushes the button once briefly, the ASR (traction control) function is deactivated. When the button is pressed longer than three seconds, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) switches to the ESC Sport mode. In high-speed driving, such as on a racetrack, the ESC system operates at a higher threshold for even more agile handling. ESC can also be activated through the CAR settings menu.

On Golf GTI models equipped with the Performance Package, a torque-sensing limited-slip differential dubbed VAQ is fitted. This electronically-controlled differential works in concert with the existing stability systems (including the related brake-based XDS+ electronic differential lock) and improves traction and performance. Tests at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track have shown lap-time improvements of more than eight seconds on cars equipped with the new differential.

The VAQ acts as a traditional limited-slip differential—which reacts by transferring a set amount of torque to non-slipping wheels when others lose traction—but adds to its effectiveness by monitoring the data from each wheel sensor at all times. Since this data includes both vehicle and wheel speed, as well as yaw and lateral g-force, the system constantly makes precise adjustments to help maintain an optimum torque balance between the left and right front wheels. Up to a full 100 percent of torque can be transferred to either side, as opposed to the fixed “best guess” percentage seen in traditional limited-slip differentials. The result of this proactive (rather than reactive) system is the elimination of the understeer and torque steer that can afflict sporty front-wheel-drive cars.

The all-new Golf GTI also features the Progressive electric power steering system. This is an elegant solution to a common problem with steering systems, which is that different speeds and maneuvers ideally require different steering rates. In this case, Volkswagen has spaced the teeth on the steering gear’s rack more tightly towards the center. The lower steering ratio in the center means that the car responds more quickly when entering a turn, while the higher ratio at the ends of the rack reduces the amount of effort needed near full steering lock, such as when parking. The steering wheel goes from lock to lock in just 2.1 turns, whereas the standard Golf needs 2.76 turns.

 

Safety and Security

To help keep the occupants safe, the new Golf GTI provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. The Golf GTI has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features no fewer than six airbags as standard along with a number of electronic and mechanical driver assistance and safety systems, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC). All Golf GTI models are available with the Driver Assistance Package, which adds a Forward Collision Warning system and front and rear Park Distance Control systems.

A new standard driver assistance feature on the 2015 Golf GTIs is Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking system addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.

Warranty and Scheduled Maintenance
All 2015 Golf GTI models are offered with Volkswagen’s standard five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty. In addition, a three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance program is standard, as is the one-year/10,000-mile Carefree Maintenance® Program that covers all scheduled maintenance during this period, at no additional charge.
Model Lineup
Golf GTI S

The Golf GTI S begins at $24,395 for the two-door model and $24,995 for the four-door, both with six-speed manual transmission. The dual-clutch DSG transmission in either configuration costs an additional $1,100. This base model comes incredibly well-equipped and includes: the 210-hp 2.0-liter TSI engine; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Bluetooth® connectivity; a touchscreen infotainment system; Sirius XM® Satellite ; a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® integration; a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, handbrake, and shifter knob; VW Car-Net® connected services; ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights; cloth sport seats with heritage GTI design; LED foglights; heatable front seats; and a new Driving Mode Selection feature.

The Performance Package becomes available later in the model year on all trims, and includes: larger front and rear brakes, a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, and a 10 horsepower boost over the regular GTI, for $1,495.

A Lighting Package is available for $995 and adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System. The $695 Driver Assistance Package adds a Forward Collision Warning system and front and rear Park Distance Control.

Golf GTI SE
The SE lies in the middle of the Golf GTI range, beginning at $27,395 for the two-door model and $27,995 for the four-door version. As with the Golf GTI S, the six-speed manual transmission can be replaced with the DSG automatic for $1,100. The SE includes all the features of the S and adds: a power tilt and slide sunroof; Keyless access with push-button start; a rearview camera; automatic headlights; rain-sensing windshield wipers; the Fender® Premium Audio System; and leather seating surfaces. The DCC adaptive damping system is available with the Performance Package for an additional $800 at this trim level.

Golf GTI Autobahn
The Autobahn trim once again sits at the top of the Golf GTI lineup, and begins at $29,595 for the four-door with six-speed manual transmission. There is no two-door option, but the DSG automatic transmission is available for $1,100. This model adds a navigation system, a 12-way power driver’s seat, and Climatronic automatic air conditioning to the list of standard equipment on the SE. As in the other two models, it can be optionally equipped with the Driver Assistance Package, Lighting Package, and Performance Package, with or without the DCC system.

 

Design Vision GTI

Design Vision GTI

VW GTI Design Vision concept

“DESIGN VISION GTI” MAKES ITS DEBUT AT WORTHERSEE

Wild racing GTI concept features a 503-horsepower engine and a 186 mph top speed

Wolfsburg/Reifnitz –  From May 8th through the 11th, 150,000 passionate fans turn the Austrian city of Reifnitz into a veritable Mecca for the Volkswagen GTI. One of the traditional highlights at the Wörthersee festival is a concept car that’s conceived especially for the meeting by Volkswagen engineers and designers. This year, the concept is a race car—the “Design Vision GTI”.The striking “Design Vision GTI” is based on the seventh-generation GTI. The design team, led by Klaus Bischoff (Head of Design of Volkswagen Brand), has drawn the C-pillars and sills outward as autonomous body elements, thus creating space for substantially wider front and rear tracks, as well as specially developed 20-inch wheels (with 235 tires in the front and 275s at the rear). The “Design Vision GTI” can reach a top speed of 186 mph and looks as if it could start racing tomorrow.

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Although the new GTI has plenty of power in standard form, with up to 230 hp available on the Performance model, the “Design Vision GTI” ups the ante with 503 hp, developed at 6500 rpm. Just like the engine in the regular GTI, the concept car has a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine—in this case, a 3.0-liter V6 instead of a 2.0-liter four cylinder, using twin turbochargers. Two three-way catalytic converters are arranged close to the engine to optimize emissions behavior. The V6 TSI develops 369 pound-feet of torque from as low as 2000 rpm, with a maximum figure of 413 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.

All this power and torque is distributed to the wheels via a DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. With this powertrain and a specially tuned chassis, the “Design Vision GTI” eats any type of racetrack. On a dragstrip, it will reach 62 mph from a standstill in an impressive 3.9 seconds

In order to slow this super-powerful GTI, Volkswagen fitted it with large carbon-ceramic brake discs, sized 15.0 inches up front and 14.0 inches at the back. The ceramic brake discs and red-painted brake calipers peek through the spokes of the 20-inch alloy wheels, which are 8.5J wide at the front and 9.5J at the back.

The “Design Vision GTI” wheels, derived from the “Austin” GTI design, feature integrated blades that are designed to vent hot brake gas through the wheel openings. The wheel bolts are covered to give the appearance of a center-lock design.

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Visionary exterior
Two things are obvious when seeing the “Design Vision GTI” for the first time. First, the car is a Volkswagen. Second: it’s a GTI. This visual clarity is part of Volkswagen’s success, according to Klaus Bischoff. “Our claim to be a global player is enhanced with our universal design language. A design that immediately communicates the brand’s identity is central for all models that carry the VW logo, with elements that allow each model to be recognized as a true Volkswagen by its distinctive design.”Dimensions: The production GTI has extremely crisp proportions, making it a good starting point for an even more extreme version. The ”Design Vision GTI” looks radical, because it’s shorter, wider, and lower than a regular GTI. It’s 0.6 inches shorter at 167.4 inches, thanks mainly to a more compact rear bumper treatment. The GTI concept is no less than 2.2 inches lower, at 54.5 inches, and it’s 2.8 inches wider (73.6 inches). The track has also increased, of course: at the rear it is now 62.2 inches (59.7 for the production GTI) and 62.8 inches at the front (versus 60.6).

Styling: Developing a show car for the GTI meeting at Wörthersee is always a great opportunity to package extreme ideas and a lot of emotion. Klaus Bischoff says: “The design team’s brief was to give a spectacular glance into the future of the GTI.” Marc Lichte, Andreas Mindt, and Philipp Römers, the same team who developed the latest Golf and the new GTI, also collaborated in the development of the “Design Vision GTI”, breathing the charisma of a race car into the concept.

The color scheme for the “Design Vision GTI” is nothing if not classic. It follows the traditional GTI triad of “black–white–red.” The paint is white (“White Club”), the add-on parts are black (“piano paint black”), and the GTI insignia as well as the strip integrated in the front are red.

The C-pillar, which has always been a distinctive Golf and GTI feature, is drawn outward as an autonomous design element, while the main part of the body narrows strongly towards the rear. This process starts right behind the front wheel with a vertical air outlet that emphasizes the waisted doors. In parallel to that, the sill grows continually outward until its upper edge merges with the C pillar—a styling device that gives this GTI a very dramatic look.

The GTI concept’s front end is similarly sculptural. The radiator grille, the bottom air inlet, and the brake cooling vents are combined with the headlights and framed by the front fenders and the hood. The precision and straightforwardness of the lines follow the Volkswagen design DNA. The grille and air inlets—although re-interpreted—consciously underscore their relation to the production GTI’s. The so-called “blades” are an especially prominent detail.

The GTI’s typical red line divides the headlights of the “Design Vision GTI” horizontally. The actual lighting elements are set back, giving the “eyes” depth—an innovative variation of the “evil eye” popular with GTI customizers.

Like the front end, an all-round sharp edge is a consistent feature at the rear. The taillights straddle the space between the C-pillars and the rear deck, while the integrated rear spoiler has the same position as the production GTI’s. At the bottom of the car, the dominant elements are the aerodynamically conceived ribs of the rear diffuser and the exhaust tips that frame the assembly.

Interior design
Tomasz Bachorski, Head of Volkswagen Interior Design, asked his team to follow these guidelines: “Pure GTI. Concentrate on the truly essential. But with style.” Boris Grell, Jan Haacke, and Guillermo Mignot, the designers of the GTI concept’s interior, are totally in tune with Volkswagen interior design and know how to match the interior to the character of each vehicle they work on, from the up! to the Phaeton.

The “Design Vision GTI” applies a radical version of “reduced design”. This means as few switches as necessary, so that they can be operated intuitively even while driving hard. The steering wheel is equipped with ergonomically optimized DSG paddle shifters, for example.

The designers have integrated a number of controls into the upper section of the center console: the switches and rugged turn knobs for climate control, the hazard light switch, and the activation for the on-board camera. An electrical kill switch, a push-button for the fire extinguisher and the ESP deactivation are housed underneath. The car has three drive modes: “Street,” “Sport” and “Track”.

The shapes of the dashboard and the center console correspond to the GTI’s, but are even more driver oriented, with tauter surfaces and harder edges. The race-car impression is reinforced by the partial use of carbon fiber, which is combined with “Anthracite” and “Titan Black” Alcantara as well as “Black” and “Flash Red” Nappa leather. One pleasing detail on the doors is a red loop that forms the handle, just like a Porsche Cup car. The rear seats have gone, their space taken by an X-shaped cross member that further strengthens body stiffness.

The designers also wanted to show how they imagine the “Design Vision GTI” could be used to network with the social community: A large display to the right of the main instrument binnacle also shows a track map of the circuit you are running, along with lap times. This can also communicate with other vehicles on the course and calculates what’s going on in a race in real time. Anybody wanting to share the on-track action can direct the cameras integrated into the A-pillar either to the track or the interior.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg, and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Notes:
“DSG”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Alcantara” ” is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.P.A

Everything you need to know about the 2015 New GTI

Wolfsburg / Saint Tropez, 22 April 2013 – To date, nearly 1.9 million Golf GTI cars have been produced at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg and sold worldwide. Back in 1976, when the GTI was invented, no one could have predicted such success. 5,000 units were planned, of a car that is the most successful of its type in the world. A phenomenon. The first Golf GTI, launched 37 years ago, defined a fundamental standard for dynamic performance that was more precise than any other compact car. The affordable Volkswagen also made automotive sportiness more attainable than ever for people. Everything was simply right about it – the safe and taut chassis, the agile and fuel-efficient injection engine and the car’s styling that was as unmistakable as it was timeless. All of this combined with the insignias of a future icon – a red stripe around the radiator grille, a black border around the rear windscreen, a sport steering wheel like in the Scirocco Coupé, a golf ball as a gear shift grip, ergonomically perfect sport seats with a classic tartan design and a name that would never be forgotten: GTI. Now a new seventh generation GTI is launching. It will arrive at dealers starting in May [Europe, USA will have to wait until next year], and advance sales have begun.

2015 VW Golf GTI
NEW GOLF GTI – POWERTRAIN – TSI ENGINES

– 230 PS Golf GTI engine consumes just 6.0 l/100 km
– Golf GTI buyers can choose between 220 PS and 230 PS of power
– Fuel economy of new GTI engine was improved by up to 18 per cent

The Golf GTI VII is powered by an advanced engine of the EA888 series – a two-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) with a new cylinder head design. The TSI produces 162 kW / 220 HP (from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm). The sports car icon is optionally available in a performance-enhanced version as the Golf GTI Performance. In this version, the engine produces 169 kW / 230 HP (from 4,700 to 6,200 rpm). Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system as standard and, with a 6-speed gearbox, they attain the same low NEDC fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (39 MPG) (CO2: 139 g/km). The combined fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI was thereby reduced by 1.3 litres per 100 km, or 18 per cent, compared to the previous model (155 kW / 210 HP). A 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for both power levels. The recognised high agility of the Golf GTI has been increased once again in the new model compared to the previous model. In two stages:

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Stage 1 – the standard GTI: The 220 HP base version now outputs 10 HP more than the previous model. At the same time, its maximum torque was increased by a considerable 70 Nm (51.6 lbs.-ft) to 350 Nm / 258 lbs.-ft of torque (from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm). Equipped in this way, the Golf GTI makes its appearance with highly superior flexibility values: in fourth gear, the Golf GTI accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 5.0 seconds; in fifth gear, it takes 6.0 seconds. Other data that must not be overlooked in a GTI: the new one accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).

Stage 2 – the GTI Performance: Those choosing a Golf GTI with the performance pack ignite the second stage. As mentioned, the car’s power is increased by 10 HP here, while its maximum torque is identical. The 230 HP of power enables a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) and just 6.4 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph). Its maximum torque of 350 Nm (258 lbs-ft) is available from 1,500 to 4,600 rpm.

Advanced petrol turbocharged direct injection engine (TSI)

The engine of the new Golf GTI is based on the EA888 four-cylinder engine series – now in its third generation. Compared to the previous engine generation, numerous technical details were modified to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while simultaneously increasing power and torque values. As a result, the new model is the first Golf GTI to conform to limits of the Euro-6 emissions standard.

Efficient thermal management. The turbocharged direct petrol injection engine is marked by innovative technical modifications such as exhaust gas cooling integrated in the cylinder head and a dual injection system with both direct injection and multi point injection. The new fully-electronic coolant control system of the TSI enables significantly more efficient thermal management with a shorter warm-up phase; this reduces friction losses, which efficiently improves fuel economy. A new type of rotary vane module was developed for intelligent thermal management control. This makes it possible to fully block coolant entry into the engine or adjust to a minimal volumetric flow in the engine warm-up phase. In the hot operating state, the coolant temperature can be adjusted quickly and fully variably to various temperatures as a function of engine load and external constraints.

Newly developed cylinder head. A unique innovation in this power class is a water-cooled exhaust gas circulation loop to the turbocharger that is fully integrated in the newly developed cylinder head. This type of exhaust cooling makes an important contribution towards reducing fuel consumption at full load in the new Golf GTI. In addition, the 1,984 cc TSI has variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. In addition, the valve lift on the exhaust side can be switched over two stages. This enables optimal control of the charge exchange process for better performance, fuel economy and low emissions.

GTI fulfils Euro-6 emissions standard. As noted, a dual injection system – with direct injection and multi point injection – was also implemented to conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard. Since the system can freely choose the injection type that is optimal at any given time, it possible to reduce particulate emissions over broad map regions and also reduce fuel consumption. Another focus of development was to significantly reduce internal friction. This involved such modifications as changing over the balancer shafts to anti-friction bearings, optimising the crankshaft drive and developing an oil pump that operates only as needed. In parallel, the weight of the GTI engine was reduced as well. A large portion of the savings came from the new thin-wall crankcase that is only 3 mm thick, a weight-optimised crankshaft, exhaust gas cooling by integrating the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head, a plastic oil pan and the use of aluminium screws.

NEW GOLF GTI – RUNNING GEAR

– Golf GTI has sport suspension and new progressive steering
– New progressive steering of GTI resolves conflict between comfort and sportiness
– New front differential lock is used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance

The Golf GTI is offered with a standard sport suspension that is tuned to the higher power of the Volkswagen car. Therefore, the body was lowered 15 mm compared to the less powerful Golf models. In front, a MacPherson suspension provides for precise tracking; at the rear, there is the modular performance suspension. Equipped as standard with the further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamic function and the new progressive steering system (significantly smaller steering angle input required from one end stop to the other: just over two full turns), the Golf GTI is advancing more than ever into the realm of high-class and significantly more expensive sports cars with its agile and safe handling properties.

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Golf GTI Performance

The Golf GTI Performance, whose power was boosted to 230 PS, makes an especially impressive appearance with its front differential lock that was exclusively developed for this version. In this Volkswagen, the advantages of the GTI-specific sport suspension, new progressive steering system, further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamic function and electronic front differential lock all add up to handling that is far superior to that of the majority of competitors. The Golf GTI Performance is also equipped with internally-ventilated disc brakes at all four wheels. The brake system uses 340 x 30 mm (13.4 in x 1.2 in) discs at the front and 310 x 22 mm (12.2 in x .86 in) at the rear wheels. The 220 HP GTI has internally-ventilated discs at the front wheels and unventilated discs at the rear (front: 314 x 30 mm (12.4 in x 1.2 in); rear: 300 (11.8 in) x 12 mm).

Vehicle dynamics

The running gear layout of the new Golf GTI has been tuned for maximum driving fun combined with a high level of vehicle stability. Drivers will notice that steering response is now even more agile than in the previous model thanks to more direct steering gear ratios. Maximum attainable speeds through bends were also increased, because of more neutral running gear tuning and optimisations of the XDS+ system. In the Golf GTI Performance, the transverse acceleration potential was further increased by the front differential lock; this is especially true of the car’s acceleration out of bends. Applicable to both versions of the new Golf GTI, is that their neutral handling in bends goes hand in hand with very good vehicle stability right up to the maximum speed range, thanks to an innovative and careful layout of all running gear components. This exceptionally high vehicle stability is especially noticeable during lane changes and during engine load changes. The development team also made a special effort to tune the new Golf GTI for harmonious and predictable reactions of the running gear. The results: drivers will be able to quickly and intuitively master handling of the GTI after a very short time.

In parallel to improvements to vehicle dynamics, the suspension comfort was also enhanced relative to the previous model. For example, the acceleration forces acting on passengers when driving over small and large road bumps have been noticeably reduced. The comfort levels realised in the new Golf GTI show that sporty handling does not necessarily involve unpleasant ride harshness. The described broad array of positive handling properties – direct, neutral and stable handling up to performance limits combined with a high level of ride comfort – make the driving properties of the seventh generation Golf GTI unique in the competitive field.

XDS+

The XDS system that was first introduced in the Golf VI was further developed into the advanced XDS+ system for the new Golf GTI. Technically, the XDS+ electronic differential lock is a functionality that is integrated in the electronic stabilisation programme (ESC) for improved vehicle dynamics. XDS+ is an extension of XDS, which is familiar from the previous model; its functionality has now been extended to cover all unbraked driving states. The new system improves agility and reduces the need for steering angle inputs by targeted brake interventions at the wheels on the inside of the bend of both axles. In addition, XDS+ is effective over all conceivable road friction values; it results in more precise handling, even on snow. The well-known benefits of XDS – such as significantly reduced understeer and improved traction – were also perfected.

Front differential lock

A newly engineered electronic front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance. To date, Volkswagen is the only carmaker to utilise an electronically controlled differential lock in a front-wheel drive production model. Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance offers advantages such as a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to the ESC, EDS and XDS+ functions. This makes it possible to completely avoid negative effects on steering response and steering precision that otherwise occur with mechanical locks. As a result, the system realises the full potential and maximum performance of a differential lock with regard to vehicle dynamics, because comfort is not impaired under any circumstances.

Functionality of the front differential lock. The front differential lock operates without any power losses here, so that the power produced by the engine is transferred 100 per cent to the road and is fully available to propel the GTI.

The electronic front differential lock utilises a multi-plate unit located between the right side driveshaft and the differential case. The hydraulic pressure needed to actuate the plates is generated by an electric motor driven piston pump. The locking moment that is generated here is proportional to the hydraulic pressure. The hydraulic pressure is controlled by the pump speed that is prescribed by a control module. This control module takes numerous parameter inputs – such as wheel speed, vehicle speed, yaw rate and transverse acceleration – and computes the ideal locking moment.

1,600 Nm (1180 lbs-ft of torque) maximum locking moment. If the control module detects wheel slip at one of the front wheels, the plates are actuated to redistribute the drive torque from the wheel with the lower grip level to the wheel with the higher level. The maximum locking moment is 1,600 Nm (1180 lbs-ft of torque), so that if necessary all of the drive torque can be directed to just one front wheel; that corresponds to a locking value of 100 per cent. This produces maximum traction for a front-wheel drive vehicle, even under difficult roadway conditions and in turning situations.

Torque vectoring effect. When accelerating out of a bend, the drive torque is increased at the wheel on the outside of the bend. This produces an asymmetrical drive torque distribution that matches the dynamic wheel load distribution. This is known as a “torque vectoring effect” which reduces acceleration-related understeer. As a result, the Golf GTI Performance handles neutrally and precisely tracks along the ideal line. The existing grip level is optimally exploited. This lets the driver apply much greater force to the accelerator pedal at the apex of a bend, which in turn results in significantly higher speed exit speeds of the Golf GTI Performance out of bends.

ESC intervenes more gently and with delay. In highly dynamic situations, such as in fast driving through alternating curves, unexpected avoidance manoeuvres or load changes, the front differential lock is used to dampen yaw movements. When oversteer occurs, the front differential lock generates a stabilising yaw moment; this means that ESC interventions can be made gentler and later or might even be avoided altogether. So, the controlled front differential lock stands for even more driving fun and better performance.

ESC Sport

In the new Golf GTI, Volkswagen is offering the “ESC Sport” function for very experienced drivers. The system is activated by a two-stage switch on the centre console. If the driver pushes the button once briefly, it deactivates the ASR function (traction control). When the button is pressed longer than three seconds, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) switches to the “ESC Sport” mode. In very fast driving with lots of bends – such as on a race course – the ESC system reacts with a delay, which enables even greater agile handling properties. As an alternative to activation by the pushbutton on the centre console, ESC can now also be activated or deactivated by settings in the CAR menu.

Progressive steering

The progressive steering system is celebrating its debut in the new Golf GTI. It is a standard feature for both power levels. This steering system lets drivers make a turn of a given radius with smaller steering wheel movements. That is, the driver does not need to reach over the steering wheel as often in tight bends. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the wheel (380°) to reach the end stop; in the standard steering system of the less powerful Golf models it takes 2.75 turns (500°). Background: Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf GTI, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This reduces steering work perceptibly when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a plus in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system primarily by the rack’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: Unlike with constant steering ratios, which by necessity always represent a compromise between dynamic performance and comfort, here the steering rack’s toothing is significantly modified by the steering stroke. This results in more precise and relaxed driving in the middle steering range up to high speeds; due to the smaller steering input angles that are required, the system offers significantly greater agility and more driving fun on roads with lots of bends. At lower speeds, on the other hand, such as in city driving or parking situations, the Golf GTI is much easier to handle thanks to the lower steering input angles – offering a perceptible gain in comfort.

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DCC dynamic chassis control

A second generation DCC dynamic chassis control system is at work in the Golf GTI. DCC offers the three driving modes “Comfort”, “Normal” and “Sport”, which are now selected and displayed under “Driving profile selector” on the touchscreen of the centre console. Besides offering a “Normal” mode, the DCC system, which was specially tuned for the GTI, now offers the “Comfort” mode, which is indeed comfort-oriented but still reflects typical GTI properties. In “Sport” mode, especially dynamic and agile handling is implemented. In the “Individual” driving profile, the DCC mode can even be configured with any other desired driving profile properties.

The DCC system adaptively regulates the damper valves via a further developed and refined Volkswagen control algorithm which sets the damper characteristic. In doing so, DCC evaluates input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle bus information from the Chassis-CAN bus. It then computes the optimal damper force for every driving situation and adaptively adjusts this force. Damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually.

In the new DCC generation, it is now also possible to fully independently vary rebound and compression damping for transverse dynamic manoeuvres – a significant benefit in optimising vehicle dynamics. The damper valves were also modified for further improved response.

MacPherson-type front suspension

A MacPherson front suspension (spring struts) with a newly developed low wishbone and track-stabilising scrub radius enables optimal handling and steering in the GTI as well as a balanced response to vibration. All components were reworked for improved functionality, weight and cost. This resulted in a weight savings of 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs.) compared to the previous model. This was made possible, for example, by the use of high-strength steel in the transverse links and an innovative bionic approach to designing the pivot bearings. The subframe is centrally positioned on the front axle; its frame – designed for maximum transverse rigidity – handles loads from the engine mounts and steering as well as loads of the front suspension components.

The now fully tubular anti-roll bar has a spring rate that was specifically tuned for the handling of the new GTI. The rubber bearings are vulcanised directly onto the painted anti-roll tube; this assures optimal acoustic properties and optimises the responsiveness of the anti-roll bar which is important to vehicle dynamics. A new aluminium pivot bearing was also designed for the GTI. The use of aluminium and the bionic design of this pivot bearing enabled a weight reduction of 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs.). Compared to the previous model, the location of the centre of motion was moderately raised for quicker and more precise response of the new GTI front suspension.

Modular performance rear suspension

The rear suspension of the Golf GTI was further developed from the perspectives of improved kinematics, acoustics, weight situation and modularity. However, nothing has changed with regard to its fundamental approach of consistently separating longitudinal and transverse rigidities. The low longitudinal rigidity has been preserved by the soft axle control of the trailing link; this was a necessary precondition for further improving ride comfort.

Furthermore, Volkswagen successfully improved the transverse rigidity of the modular performance suspension, which is important for steering behaviour, by a new tie rod bearing tuning. Tracking and camber values are individually tuned by eccentric screws on the spring link and at the upper transverse link according to requirement for each vehicle type. Key design changes to the rear suspension are the connections of the tubular anti-roll bar and the suspension damper, which are now made at the spring link. This reduces forces within the suspension; there are also significant package advantages. In addition, the suspension was made 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs.) lighter in weight by structural optimisations of many components and the use of high-strength steels.

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NEW GOLF GTI – EXTERIOR

– Never before has a GTI had such sharp proportions
– Design dynamics of the new Golf GTI benefit from the modular transverse matrix
– Precise lines, taut proportions, charismatic front end

When discussion of the new Golf GTI turns to its design, the car’s technical layout needs to be discussed first. That is because the 2013 Golf GTI is based on the new modular transverse matrix (MQB). The technocratic impression that this term – “modular”, “transverse matrix” – leaves, hardly speaks to the great potential associated with the MQB. This acronym signifies a completely new design layout of the Golf (and of many other Volkswagen Group models). And this new layout is perceived as a very welcome present by Group designers, because they can now implement entirely new vehicle proportions. The seventh generation Golf GTI is a superb example of this.

More dynamic proportions

Compared to the previous model, the wheelbase was extended 53 mm (2.1 in) to 2,631 mm (103.6 in), but at the same time the front overhang was shortened 12 mm (.5 in). In parallel, the A-pillar “wandered” further towards the rear, which makes the bonnet longer and visually shifts the entire vehicle cabin rearwards. This “cab-backward effect” makes the GTI more of a premium class car than a compact class car. In addition, the height of the GTI was reduced 27 mm (1.1 in) to 1,442 mm (56.8 in). The car’s length grew 55 mm (2.2 in) to 4,268 mm (168 in) now, and the width grew 13 mm (.5 in) to 1,799 mm (71 in). Many values that add up to an important result: the proportions of the new Golf GTI made unmistakable gains in dynamics.

Design uses GTI insignia

The designers have systematically exploited this potential of proportions to give the Golf GTI a more impressive stance on the road than ever before. Like the very first Golf GTI, the seventh generation also sports typical GTI insignia. On the new model they include the red trim strip on the radiator grille that now extends into the headlights. Also typically GTI VII are the additional air inlet openings in the front spoiler; a honeycomb structure of the air inlet screens; vertical fog lights; xenon headlights with an unmistakable light signature; the larger rear spoiler; distinctive, large tailpipes of the exhaust system that are arranged far outboard and finally the alloy wheels that were specially designed for the Golf GTI. Certainly, the visual effect of the standard 17-inch alloy wheels (“Brooklyn” type) and their interplay with the GTI sport suspension (with a 15 mm (.6 in) lower ride height) should not be underestimated.

Front end in detail. In the front area with its LED fog lights (optional) that were customised to the GTI, there is another strong and significant GTI element that was completely reinterpreted: the red line on the radiator grille. At one time, on the first Golf GTI, it completely surrounded the rectangular radiator grille. On the sixth generation GTI, two red stripes were used which framed the top and bottom of the grille. Now, in the seventh generation, the red stripe terminates the lower edge of the radiator grille, but then it is further extended to the left and right into the housings of the standard bi-xenon headlights. So, the red line runs across the entire width of the front end; as a horizontal element it runs parallel to the bonnet seam and the bumper.

At the very bottom of the bumper, beneath the cross panel painted in body colour, the black air inlet (with its honeycomb structure screen) is now no longer surrounded by another black area, rather by surfaces painted in body colour. In this way, the air inlet makes a stronger impression; simultaneously, the three lateral, high-gloss black aerodynamic fins beneath the headlights also terminate the front end. Another detail fitting in with the precisely contoured styling is the black splitter (lower edge of the front spoiler), which is familiar from motorsport.

Side profile in detail. In a side view, the sportiest Golf can be readily made out by the even longer look of its roof section due to the larger rear spoiler and by the alloy wheels specially designed for the GTI (17-inch standard, 18- and 19-inch optional). Even in side profile, the light contours of the optional LED daytime running lights and the standard LED rear lights stand out.

In addition, the new Golf GTI is marked by new dynamic proportions and styling that is more precisely formed than ever. Below the door handles, we have integrated the now clearly visible and very sharp character line. While this line is interrupted by the wheel arches, it is otherwise continuous and is stylistically reflected in the chrome bars of the radiator grille and headlights and at the back in the white lateral bars of the rear light clusters. Set deep down all the way around, this line lowers the visual centre of gravity and gives the car a more solid stance on the road. Another striking element is the new line along the side shoulder directly below the windows. This line begins at the front in the headlight, and then glides under the wing mirror, which is positioned right on the line, all the way through to the rear side window, underscoring the premium proportions of the Golf GTI.

Just as characteristic of the car’s side profile is the unmistakable C-pillar, whose design also references the GTI I, and especially the Golf GTI IV, which itself developed into an icon with its clean shapes. On the previous Golf, the character line still cut through the C-pillar. This is no longer the case on the new GTI. The C-pillar runs along one homogenous surface from the start of the roof all the way to the rear wheel arch. Above the wheel arch, however, it picks up more strongly the entire width of the car – and as a result, when viewed from behind or diagonally from the rear, the new Golf GTI looks more solid and powerful.

For the first time, the sporty Volkswagen also has, in addition to the GTI badges at the front and rear, red plates on the front wings at the height of the character line with the same typographic interpretation of the GTI logo that has been used for decades.

Rear section in detail. Another example of the harmonious integration of GTI specific elements is the new roof spoiler design, which is considerably larger than its counterpart on Golf versions with less powerful engines; it is integrated to be flush to the boot lid and the body. The spoiler, painted in body colour, seamlessly transitions into black aerodynamic elements on the sides of the boot lid, which makes a visual reference to the use of black colour in the first generation Golf GTI. Another feature that is designed in black, along with the aerodynamic elements and the front splitter, is the diffuser at the rear. To the left and right of the diffuser are the chrome tailpipes of the exhaust system.

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NEW GOLF GTI – INTERIOR

– Comfort and quality of the Golf GTI redefine class boundaries
– More space in the Golf GTI interior thanks to significantly larger wheelbase
– Typical tartan upholstery for the GTI sport seats now combined with Alcantara for the first time

Possibly one of the most important properties of the new Golf GTI – related to the interior – is the fact that the car simply fits – as though cast to be ergonomic. The driver simply opens the door, sits down on the standard sport seat, adjusts it, adjusts the height and length of the sport steering wheel, buckles up, starts the engine, puts the hand on the gear shift lever in golf ball design (for a manual gearbox) and drives off.

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Ergonomics benefit from MQB

Significantly more room and even better ergonomics define the GTI driver’s area. Taller drivers in particular will welcome the seat position that has been shifted back by 20 mm (.78 in); the steering wheel’s adjustment range has also been modified. Pedal distances have been optimised as well thanks to the modular transverse matrix; the space between the brake and accelerator pedals, for example, has increased by 16 mm (.63 in). Another ergonomic improvement: compared to the previous model, Volkswagen has raised the position of the gearbox controls by 20 mm (.78 in); the gear shift grip now rests better in the driver’s hand.

Configuration in legendary GTI style

The typical GTI insignia are important in the interior as well. Consider the seat covers: the first GTI already had seat covers in the legendary tartan pattern. The fabric of the Golf GTI VI known as “Jacky” was – as in the transition to every new GTI generation – redesigned and is now named “Clark.” Naturally, the tartan pattern was retained. The top sport seats offer exceptionally good ergonomic properties. In addition, the front seats have height adjustment and a manually adjustable lumbar support. Red decorative seams provide a sporty contrast; the black roofliner that is always part of the GTI emphasises the sporty layout of the interior.

It is also quite clear that the standard leather multifunction sport steering wheel in GTI design with red contrasting seams was upgraded, as was the gear shift gaiter. It matches the red ring in the lens top of the leather gear shift grip. Accents on the dashboard are in “Checkered Black” and the same applies to the decorative inlays in the door trim panels and on the centre console. Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent instrument graphics. It is no coincidence that they are reminiscent of high-end chronometers. When the engine is started, the pointers of the tachometer and speedometer swing once to the end scale position and then back. The GTI specific look of the interior is rounded out by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

Quality and image overcome class boundaries. It is the entirely new fundamental concept for the interior design of the seventh generation Golf that represents a breakthrough for the GTI’s sporty and high-end interior architecture: especially noticeable is the wide centre console that is oriented towards the driver; it is more characteristic of the premium class than the compact class. In the middle of the centre console, beneath the switch for the hazard warning lights, is the five- to eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with its menu keys and dials. For the first time, Volkswagen is using a touchscreen generation here (as an option) that features proximity sensors and functionality that reacts to wiping movements of the fingers (wipe and zoom gestures as with a smartphone).

Located beneath the infotainment module are the well laid-out controls for the standard dual-zone automatic climate control system (Climatronic). This is followed by the lower section of the centre console that runs in a line up to the large centre armrest. To the right of the driver are the buttons for the new electronic parking brake and its Auto Hold function. Next to it, there is a closing storage compartment with integrated multimedia interfaces (AUX-IN, USB and optional Apple); the compartment is large enough to hold a smartphone.

There is a wide storage compartment hidden under the centre armrest that can be adjusted by up to 100 mm in length and five stages in height. This compartment is also of a good size. A new feature here in conjunction with the “Comfort” mobile phone interface is an inductive external antenna interface: The smartphone is placed in a universal holder in the stowage bin where the phone’s antenna is inductively “coupled” and connected to the vehicle’s external aerial. Sophisticated: the decorative inlays of the GTI trim panels exhibit, as mentioned, a light seam as part of the standard ambience lighting system.

More space over its length. Despite all of its sportiness, the Golf GTI is more than just a sports car; it is an all-round talent. And that describes the seventh generation GTI as well. This would make the Golf GTI a good choice as a business car for any day of the year. Background: larger body dimensions in overall length and width, a larger wheelbase, optimised track widths and MQB-modified package all have a positive effect on comfort. The GTI interior is now 14 mm (.55 in) longer (1,750 mm / 68.9 in), for example. In the rear seating area of the optional four-door Golf GTI, passengers enjoy 15 mm (.6 in) more leg room. In front, shoulder room has increased by 31 mm (1.2 in) to 1,420 mm (56 in), and elbow room has now gone up by 22 mm (.86 in) to a width of 1,469 mm (57.8 in). In the rear seating area, shoulder room was also improved by an additional 31 mm (1.2 in) and elbow width by 20 mm (.78 in).

In addition, the rear seat bench folds and has a 60:40 split. When folded, a nearly level cargo floor is created with a length of 1,558 mm (61.4). From the Comfortline, the Golf can also be equipped with a cargo opening at the middle of the rear backrest. The successfully implemented space concept of the new Golf exhibits many other improvements as well. Cargo capacity, for example, has grown by 30 litres (1.1 cu.ft.) to 380 litres (13.5 cu.ft.); the variable cargo floor can also be lowered by 100 mm (3.9 in). Perfection in the details: the load sill to the bootspace is now just 655 mm (25.8 in) high – the best value in the core segment. In parallel, the maximum bootspace width has grown by 228 mm (8.9 in) to 1,272 mm (50.1 in). Volkswagen has also increased the width of the bootspace opening by 47 mm (1.85 in) to 1,023 mm (40.3 in).

NEW GOLF GTI – FEATURES
– New GTI comes with xenon and new progressive steering as standard
– Golf GTI Performance launches with new front differential lock
– Automatic climate control, radio-CD with touchscreen and multifunction steering wheel are standard

Like all six Golf GTI generations before it, the seventh generation is distinguished from other Golf models by numerous additional equipment features and classic GTI insignia. The new Golf GTI is also one of the best equipped cars in its class with standard features like the innovative progressive steering, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Driver Alert System, xenon headlights, a radio-CD system with touchscreen and automatic climate control.

Exterior features

On its exterior, GTI-specific standard features are the red painted brake callipers, sport suspension (15 mm lower ride height), the progressive steering system being used in the GTI for the first time, bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, licence plate lighting in LED technology, dark red LED rear lights, the GTI-typical honeycomb structure of the air inlet screens, a roof spoiler (in body colour) with side-mounted aerodynamic elements (high gloss black), GTI bumpers, ParkPilot (acoustic and visual warning signals), tyre pressure monitoring indicator, GTI logos on the front wings (sides of body in area of A-pillars) and chrome 80-mm diameter tailpipes, one on the left and one on the right. In the chassis electronics area, on-board features also include the extensively reengineered XDS+ electronic differential lock.

Extended performance features. On its exterior, the Golf GTI Performance (169 kW / 230 HP) differs from the GTI with 162 kW / 220 HP by its GTI logo on the front brake callipers and larger internally-ventilated brake discs (front: 340 mm, rear: 310 mm). Technical features of the Golf GTI Performance also include a newly developed front differential lock.

Colours and wheels. The production colours Red (“Tornado Red”) and “Black” as well as “Pure White” have been typical for the Golf GTI since its beginning days. As a special feature, the new Golf GTI can also be ordered in seven metallic or pearl effect paints: “Carbon Steel Grey Metallic”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Tungsten Silver Metallic”, “Limestone Grey Metallic”, “Night Blue Metallic”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”.

Volkswagen has further developed its standard “Denver” GTI wheels. Their styling characteristics flowed into the design of the new machine-polished 17-inch “Brooklyn” alloy wheels that replace them. The new wheels have a lighter visual look and are in fact lighter in weight. The wheels are fitted with size 225/45 tyres. In addition, the new 18-inch “Austin” alloy wheels and 19-inch alloy wheels in “Santiago” design are available as options.

Interior features

The car with the golf ball. Along with its many standard features such as air conditioning, Driver Alert system and the Composition Touch radio system, numerous GTI features refine the interior. They include the customised leather sport steering wheel and a special gear shift grip. The latter is once again reminiscent of a golf ball, which also makes it a tribute to the first GTI just like the new leather-trimmed steering wheel design. The sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with its three metal spokes and trim in high-gloss black has a lightweight look, and it is remarkably handy and easy to grip. On its two cross spokes it has multifunction keys as standard, and at its centre – in contrast to all other Golf steering wheels – it has a round impact absorber whose form is similar to that of the component in the first GTI.

GTI instruments and ambience lighting. Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. It is no coincidence that it resembles high-end chronographs. The GTI specific look of the interior is rounded out by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

Classic seat now also in Alcantara. Also important are the typical top sport seats and seat covers. The first GTI had them already: seat covers in the legendary tartan pattern. As in the transition to every new GTI generation, the fabric of the Golf GTI VI known as “Jacky” was redesigned and is now named “Clark.” Naturally, the tartan pattern was kept. A new optional feature: the fabric sport seats in “Clark” design can now be ordered for the first time with side panels and head restraints in Alcantara. Moreover, the seats and door trim panels can also be ordered in “Vienna” upholstery. The front seats also offer height adjustment and a manually adjustable lumbar support. Electric adjustment of the driver’s seat is available as an option. Red decorative seams in the area of the seats and the gear shift trim provide a sporty contrast, and the black roofliner that is always part of the GTI emphasises the sporty layout of the interior.

Other optional features

In addition, the Golf GTI can be customised with a nearly limitless range of optional features. Here is an overview of these features (in alphabetical order):

– Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Front Assist and City
– Emergency Braking
– Anti-theft warning system plus
– Auxiliary heating
– Car-Net (online information is directly transmitted to the GTI, including navigation with point of interest search, Google-Earth™ map service and Google Street View™, online traffic information)
– Comfort and Premium mobile phone interfaces and Nokia Asha 300 mobile phone
– Composition Colour radio
– Composition Media radio
– Cruise control system
– Digital radio reception: DAB+
– Discover Media navigation function for Composition Media radio
– Discover Pro navigation system
– Driver assistance pack (includes ACC, Front Assist, City
– Emergency Braking, anti-theft warning system, Dynamic Light Assist, automatic running light switching, vehicle stop function with DSG, speed limiter, automatically dipping rear-view mirror, dynamic cornering lights, rain sensor, Lane Assist)
– Driver’s seat with electric adjustment
– Driving profile selector
– Dynamic chassis control (DCC) with driving profile selector
– Dynamic Light Assist dynamic main beam control
– DYNAUDIO Excite sound system
– Fire extinguisher
– Fog lights in LED technology
– Folding door mirrors with surroundings illumination and lowering of passenger’s side mirror
– Keyless Access: keyless locking and engine starting system
– Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant
– Light and Sight pack (with automatic running light switching, leaving home and coming home function, automatically dipping rear-view mirror and rain sensor)
– Light Assist – main beam control
– MEDIA-IN with iPod/iPhone adapter cable
– MEDIA-IN with iPod/iPhone adapter cable and USB charging port
– Mirror pack (with folding door mirrors, surroundings illumination and lowering of passenger side mirror)
– Multifunction display “plusPlus”
– Panoramic tilt sunroof
– ParkAssist park steering assistant with ParkPilot
– PreCrash preventive occupant protection
– Rear Assist reversing camera
– Rear doors (including electric rear windows)
– Road sign recognition
– Side airbags and belt tensioners at rear seats
– Smoked side windows and rear windscreen absorb 65 per cent of light
– Towbar unit (swivelling)
– “Vienna” leather upholstery
– Voice control
– Wheels/tyres, 18- and 19-inch
– Windscreen with wireless heating and infrared reflecting
– Winter wheels, 16- or 17-inch

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NEW GOLF GTI – TECHNOLOGIES

– First GTI to feature city emergency braking and driving profile selector
– Innovative assistance systems of the Golf GTI for ideal safety
– Golf GTI has new infotainment generation and new Dynaudio sound system

An entire armada of innovative assistance and convenience systems is at work aboard the new Golf GTI as standard or optional equipment. These new technologies are completely redefining conventional class barriers with regard to safety, long-distance comfort and the infotainment world.

The assistance and convenience systems in the Golf GTI include the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, also standard progressive steering, the standard and further advanced XDS+ electronic differential lock, PreCrash preventive occupant protection system, adaptive cruise control “ACC plus”, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, Driver Alert System, road sign recognition and the latest generation of the ParkAssist park steering assistant as well as the automated lighting functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist. Other new technologies have been added such as a driving profile selector with up to five programmes (“Eco”, “Sport”, “Normal”, “Individual” and in combination with DCC plus “Comfort”), an electronic parking brake and a new generation of infotainment systems. The Golf GTI Performance also has the front differential lock as standard equipment.

Assistance systems

Driver Alert system. This system, which is a standard feature in the Golf GTI, detects waning driver concentration and warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds. A visual message also appears on the instrument cluster recommending taking a break from driving. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated once. At the beginning of each trip, the system analyses a range of factors, including the driver’s characteristic steering behaviour. Once under way, the driver alert system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle. If monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the steering behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then visual and acoustic warnings are produced.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. An innovative new feature is the Golf’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which has already won a safety innovation award from Germany’s largest automobile club (ADAC). When it is involved in collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle to significantly reduce its residual kinetic energy. Triggering of the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking by means of the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist; it ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can “override” the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it gets disabled. The automatic system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. In essence, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached. This residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

PreCrash preventive occupant protection. If the proactive occupant protection system detects a potential accident situation – such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) and so is the sunroof. Background: When the windows and roof are nearly closed, the head and side airbags offer optimal energy absorption and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This system uses a radar sensor integrated in the front of the car. The driver can set the car speed over a range from 30 to 160 km/h. ACC operates with either a manual gearbox or a DSG (dual clutch gearbox). In the Golf GTI with DSG, ACC comfortably brakes to a standstill when the vehicle ahead stops. After being enabled by the driver, ACC together with DSG can also automatically start off again. ACC maintains the vehicle speed preselected by the driver as well as a predefined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can be individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes or by the optional driving profile selector.

Front Assist surroundings monitoring system. Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated in the front of the car to continuously monitor the distance to traffic ahead. Front Assist assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by visual and audible warnings, and in a second stage by a brief warning jolt. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically brakes the car to give the driver more reaction time. Ideally, this lets the driver avoid an impending collision, or it at least reduces the speed at impact. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking. The City Emergency Braking function, now available for the Golf GTI for the first time, is a system extension of Front Assist. Using a radar sensor, it monitors the area in front of the car. The system works in the speed range below 30 km/h. If the car is at risk of colliding with a moving or stationary vehicle ahead and the driver fails to react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If necessary, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver presses the brake pedal with insufficient force, the system assists with maximum braking power. Under optimal conditions, City Emergency Braking can avoid an impending frontal collision at the last second.

Lane Assist. In the Golf GTI this camera-based assistance system with steering intervention to maintain the car’s position within the driving lane works with extended functionality: If desired, the system – being implemented for the first time in the Golf – can now also maintain continuous tracking support, which optimises comfort and convenience. Whenever necessary, Lane Assist also intervenes with a steering correction when it detects that the driver is leaving the driving lane or is driving over lane markings without setting the direction indicator. The system then gently steers in the other direction.

Progressive steering

The progressive steering system is celebrating its debut in the new Golf GTI. It is a standard feature for both power levels. This steering system lets drivers make a turn of a given radius with fewer turns of the steering wheel. That is, the driver does not need to reach over the steering wheel as often in tight bends. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the wheel (380°) to reach the end stop; in the standard steering system of the less powerful Golf models it takes 2.75 turns (500°). Background:
Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf GTI, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This perceptibly reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a plus in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system primarily by the rack’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: Unlike with constant steering ratios, which by necessity always represent a compromise between dynamic performance and comfort, here the steering rack’s toothing is significantly modified by the steering stroke. This results in more precise and relaxed driving in the middle steering range up to high speeds; due to the smaller steering input angles that are required, the system offers significantly greater agility and more driving fun on roads with lots of bends. At lower speeds, on the other hand, such as in city driving or parking situations, the Golf GTI is much easier to handle thanks to the lower steering input angles – offering a perceptible gain in comfort.

XDS+. The XDS system that was first introduced in the Golf VI was further developed to the advanced XDS+ system for the new Golf GTI. Technically, the XDS+ electronic differential lock is a functionality that is integrated in the electronic stabilisation programme (ESC) for improved vehicle dynamics. XDS+ is an extension of XDS, which is familiar from the previous model; its functionality has now been extended to cover all unbraked driving states. The new system improves agility and reduces the need for steering angle inputs by targeted brake interventions at the wheels on the inside of the bend of both axles. In addition, XDS+ is effective over all conceivable road friction values, and it results in more precise handling. The well-known benefits of XDS – such as significantly reduced understeer and improved traction – were also perfected.

Front differential lock. A newly engineered electronic front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance. To date, Volkswagen is the only carmaker to utilise an electronically controlled differential lock in a front-wheel drive production model. Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance has a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to ESC, EDS and XDS+ functions. This makes it possible to entirely avoid negative effects on steering handling or steering precision that otherwise occur with mechanical locks. As a result, the system realises the full potential and maximum performance of a differential lock with regard to vehicle dynamics, because comfort is not impaired under any circumstances (for detailed information on the functionality of the front differential lock, see “Running Gear” chapter).

Electronic parking brake. Instead of a handbrake lever, a control switch plus an Auto Hold switch are located on the centre console of the Golf GTI. The electronic parking brake offers numerous advantages: eliminating the conventional handbrake frees up more space on the centre console; in addition, the brake is automatically released when driving off. And that simplifies driving off up a hill. Last but not least, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a stopped position by automatically holding the GTI in place. Waiting phases, such as a red traffic light, are made more comfortable, because it is no longer necessary to continually press the brake pedal.

DCC

A second generation DCC dynamic chassis control system is at work in the Golf GTI. DCC offers the three driving modes “Comfort”, “Normal” and “Sport”, which are now selected and displayed under “Driving profile selector” on the touchscreen of the centre console. Besides offering a “Normal” mode, the DCC system, which was specially tuned for the GTI, now offers the “Comfort” mode, which is indeed comfort-oriented but still reflects typical GTI properties. In “Sport” mode, especially dynamic and agile handling is implemented. In the “Individual” driving profile, the DCC mode can even be configured with any other desired driving profile properties.

The DCC system adaptively regulates the damper valves via a further developed and refined Volkswagen control algorithm which sets the damper characteristic. In doing so, DCC evaluates input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle bus information from the Chassis-CAN bus. It then computes the optimal damper force for every driving situation and adaptively adjusts this force. Damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually.

In the new DCC generation, it is now also possible to fully independently vary rebound and compression damping for transverse dynamic manoeuvres – a significant benefit in optimising vehicle dynamics. The damper valves were also modified for further improved response.

Driving profile selector. The Golf GTI is now available with a driving profile selector for the first time. A total of four programmes are available, and in conjunction with DCC (dynamic chassis control) five driving programmes: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual, and in combination with DCC the additional Comfort. In the Eco driving profile, the engine controller, air conditioning and other auxiliary units are controlled for optimal fuel economy. In addition, vehicles with the optional dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) have an additional coasting function in Eco mode; when the driver releases the accelerator pedal – e.g. when slowing down to a traffic light or in route segments with descents – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. This enables optimal utilisation of the kinetic energy of the Golf. In “Sport” mode, on the other hand, damping is increased (which further reduces movements of the body structure) and engine response and shift points of the DSG are configured to be even more dynamic.

Dynamic Light Assist dynamic main beam control. Via a camera on the windscreen this system analyses the traffic in front and the vehicles coming in the opposite direction. Based on this data, the main beam automatically comes on at speeds of over 60 km/h and stays on. This is how Dynamic Light Assist works: with the help of the camera, the main beam modules of the bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights are masked only in those areas that the system has determined could potentially disturb other road users. Technically, this function is implemented by a pivoting masking aperture between the reflector with the xenon filament and the lens. Along with lateral swivelling of the entire module and independent control of the left and right headlights, this additional aperture geometry is able to mask the light source and thereby avoid glare to traffic ahead or any oncoming traffic.

Light Assist main beam control. For models with headlights with no dynamic cornering lights the base version of automatic full-beam control is available in the form of Light Assist. Light Assist analyses traffic ahead and oncoming traffic – via a camera in the windscreen – and automatically controls activation and deactivation of the main beam (at 60 km/h and above).

Road sign recognition. In the new Golf GTI, this feature will be available in combination with a navigation system, because the traffic signs are also shown in the display of the active navigation window (map and/or pictograms). If the system detects any speed limit or ‘No overtaking’ signs via a camera (integrated in the windscreen near to the rear-view mirror), up to three of these will get shown on the instrument cluster in front of the driver and on the navigation system display. This will also include all additional information and the signs will appear in a logical order: ones that immediately apply (e.g. a “130” km/h speed limit) get shown in first place, while signs that only apply at certain times (e.g. “80 km/h” “When wet”) appear in second place. If the rain sensor registers that it is starting to rain, the traffic sign that is now most pertinent, i.e. the “When wet” sign, moves up into first place.

Park Assist parking assistant. The latest version of the parking assistance system now facilitates not only assisted parking parallel to the carriageway, but also reverse parking at right angles to the road. In addition, Park Assist 2.0 is also equipped with a braking and parking space exit function. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side on which the car is to be parked. If, using the ultrasound sensors, Park Assist detects a large enough parking space (a manoeuvring distance of 40 cm, front and rear, is sufficient), the assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The car takes care of the steering. Acoustic signals and visual information on the multifunction display assist the driver. If a collision is looming, the system can also actively apply the vehicle’s brakes.

More intelligent climate control. The new Climatronic of the Golf regulates the interior temperature fully automatically via 2-zone temperature control (separate for driver and front passenger). The intensity of the climate control can be influenced by selecting a profile (‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Intensive’). The fully automatic control unit operates with various sensors – a sun sensor, air quality sensor and new humidity sensor. The sun sensor detects the intensity and direction of solar radiation, and the system is controlled accordingly. The positive effects of the optional deluxe climate windscreen are considered in this control as well. When information from the air quality sensor indicates that the concentration of nitrogen oxides or carbon monoxide in the outside air has exceeded a defined limit, then the recirculation flap of the Climatronic system closes.

Deluxe climate windscreen. This new windscreen combines the advantages of conventional wire heating with those of heat-insulating glass. Wires are no longer used in the window. This was made possible by a very thin electrically-conductive layer within the glass laminate that can be heated. In the winter, this function prevents fogging of the window, and it accelerates defrosting. In the summer, the new windscreen results in less heating of the interior, because the extremely thin coating reflects most of the solar radiation. Along with an increase in thermal comfort, the environment also benefits, since the air conditioning does not need to supply as much cooling power due to the reduced heating. At the same time, this improves the fuel economy of the GTI.

Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. A transparent system was developed here, which utilises a maximum roof area, offers optimal ventilation and opening functions, does not impair the torsional rigidity of the car and has the visual effect of lengthening the windscreen. What is referred to as the light transparency area – the incident light in the closed state – was enlarged by 33 per cent compared to a normal tilt/slide sunroof. Incidentally, the tinted, heat-insulating glass reflects away 99 per cent of UV radiation, 92 per cent of incident heat radiation and 90 per cent of incident light.

Infotainment

Radio and radio-navigation systems. Volkswagen is equipping the Golf GTI with a new generation of radio and radio/navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The new device generation is available in three different display sizes: 5 inches, 5.8 inches and 8 inches. For the first time, Volkswagen is implementing displays that have proximity sensors (5.8-inch display and above): as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode. The display mode shows a screen that is reduced to just the essentials. In the operating mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated by touch are specially highlighted to simplify intuitive operation. The displays also have a function that lets users scroll through lists or browse CD covers in the media library with a wipe of the hand.

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“Composition Touch” radio (5-inch). The standard system on-board the Golf GTI is Composition Touch. It offers three buttons to the left and three to the right of the touchscreen that are used to activate the ‘Radio’, ‘Media’, ‘Car’, ‘Setup’, ‘Sound’ and ‘Mute’ menus/functions. It also offers a SD card slot, aux-in interface and two push dials (e.g. for on/off, volume, mute). This standard module also includes an FM/AM radio, loudspeakers (front), an interface for SD cards and an aux-in interface.

“Composition Colour” radio (5-inch). Similar to the Composition Touch in its device layout, the Composition Colour is also equipped with such features as a colour display, FM/AM radio as well as front and rear loudspeakers and a CD drive (MP3 compatible). The CD drive is located in the glove box along with the SD card slot.

“Composition Media” radio (5.8-inch). Equipped to offer even more extensive features is the Composition Media radio. Its capacitive colour display is 5.8 inches in size, and it is coupled with a proximity sensor that is integrated across the area beneath the display. The display also responds to wiping and zooming gestures, as used in similar fashion on modern smart phones. There are now also four buttons to the left and four to the right of the touchscreen; in contrast to the 5-inch systems they also enable access – depending on vehicle features – to the ‘Phone’ and ‘Voice’ (voice control) menu levels. The Composition Media radio is equipped with these features in addition to those of the Composition Colour radio: optional telephone preparation (Bluetooth) and a USB interface. The USB and aux-in interfaces, meanwhile, are integrated in a separate compartment on the centre console in front of the gear shifter; this compartment also offers storage space for a smart phone.

“Discover Media” navigation function (5.8-inch). The Composition Media radio can have a navigation module (Discover Media) added to it. The features and functions are identical except for the navigation system that is then integrated with European map data and the associated second SD card slot; the navigation computer is located in the glove box together with the CD player and SD card slot. The price for all units with a navigation module includes updates of the European navigation maps for a period of three years.

“Discover Pro” radio-navigation system (8-inch). The top radio-navigation system with a large 8-inch capacitive touchscreen is known as the Discover Pro. Features installed here – beyond those of the Discover Media – are a DVD drive instead of a CD drive (audio and video), extended premium voice control (base version is available as option for Composition Media and Discover Media), 3D navigation and a 64-GB Flash memory; a UMTS telephone module is available as an option. Integration of the Compact Disc Database from Gracenote also enables state-of-the-art playback and management of media. In addition, the Discover Pro also operates as a WLAN hotspot (Internet access) for WLAN-capable mobile devices (smart phone or tablet).

Mobile phone. For den Golf GTI, Volkswagen is offering the two mobile phone interfaces “Comfort” and “Premium” as well as a smartphone (“Nokia Asha 300”) integrated via the hands-free unit. The “Comfort” and “Premium” mobile phone interfaces can be ordered together with the “Composition Media” (only “Comfort”), “Discover Media” and “Discover Pro” audio/navigation systems. The “Comfort” interface offers such features as an external antenna interface to a newly designed charging cradle on the centre console, voice control and the use of phone contact and address data for inputting a destination in the navigation system. The “Premium” interface omits the external antenna interface from the charging cradle; instead it offers a GSM/UMTS transceiver with a SIM card slot and WLAN hotspot.

Car-Net. Car-Net is offered for the Golf GTI in conjunction with the Discover Pro radio-navigation system and the “Premium” mobile phone interface. It consists of a set of new mobile online services. For example, Car-Net lets drivers integrate highly up-to-date traffic information into dynamic route guidance and input online Points of Interest (POI) into the navigation system. It also integrates the 360-degree panoramic street perspective images of Google Street View. Realistic photographic satellite images can also be displayed, which are based on the Google-Earth™ map service (Google Maps).

Dynaudio Excite sound system. New in the Golf – and therefore in the GTI as well  is a sound system from Danish hi-fi specialist Dynaudio. This system makes the GTI a concert hall on wheels with its eight high-end loudspeakers plus subwoofer, a digital 10-channel DSP amplifier and 400 watts of system output power. The system can be customised by choosing from four sound characteristics (“Authentic”, “Dynamic”, “Soft” and “Speech”) which are tuned to the interior of the Golf and four seating configurations (“Driver”, “Front passenger”, “All occupants” and “Rear”) for the audio output.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

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