After introducing the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013, VW has finally confirmed additional details on the model for the U.S., along with its official on-sale date and price.
The 2015 GTI will be equipped with VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and a meaty 258 lb.-ft. of torque, representing an improvement of 10 horsepower and 51 lb.-ft. over the outgoing GTI. The engine sends power to the front wheels using a 6-speed manual transmission, although the automaker’s heralded six-speed dual clutch unit can be had for $1,100. Fuel economy, meanwhile, has risen by 3 mpg to an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway for models equipped with the stick.
Pricing for the base, two-door ‘S’ model starts at $24,395, plus an additional $820 destination charge. Standard amenities include a drive-mode selection feature, a touchscreen radio, LED foglights, and heated front seats. Stepping up to the GTI SE trim boosts the price to $27,395 while adding a sunroof, rearview camera, leather seats, and a Fender audio system. A GTI Autobahn trim is also available on four-door models; carrying a price of $29,595, it adds satellite navigation, a power driver’s seat, and automatic air conditioning on top of the SE’s existing extras.
Later this year VW will also make availaible a Performance Package option for the new GTI. For an extra $1,495, buyers will get an extra 10 horsepower, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and larger brakes. SE and Autobahn models will also get adaptive damping.
Sales of the 2015 Golf GTI are expected to commence in June. All models destined for sale across markets in North America will be built at VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico.