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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hasn't even been revealed yet and the world is already getting excited about the GTI version.
Not only have spy shots and spy videos of disguised prototypes been doing their rounds of late, but the rumour mill is also working overtime.
Now for the part that excites us. Autocar magazine has heard rumours that the 2013 GTI's 2-litre turbopetrol engine will be tuned to put out 194kW, slotting it above today's Golf R in performance terms. Naturally, we'll see even bigger fireworks emanating from the latter's successor.
The publication also speculates that the new GTI will use a new VAQ front differential, which has an AWD-like Haldex clutch, to make it somewhat more agile than today's car. The GTI will also reportedly shed some a fair amount of weight.
As we've reported previously, the next VW Golf range will be built on VW's new MQB platform that will underpin most VW Group front-wheel drive models.
These underpinnings will allow the Golf to have a lower centre of gravity, shorter overhangs and a sportier look overall.
It'll also be a technological leap forward with features like adaptive cruise control, fatigue detection and an iPad-like touchscreen interface for the information and entertainment systems.
The initial engine range, when the new Golf surfaces at the Paris Motor Show this September, will reportedly consist of 62kW and 78kW 1.2 TSI and 90kW and 102kW 1.4 TSI petrol engines and a range of 1.6- and 2-litre TDI diesels with between 66kW and 139kW on tap. A hybrid is also in the pipeline.