At the heart of the GTI is a reworked version of the 2.0-litre TSI engine in the MkV GTI. Modified pistons, uprated oil and fuel pumps, plus a new induction system, increase power by 10bhp to 207bhp.
That still leaves it trailing behind rivals such as the MINI JCW, but it’s the incredibly linear way in which the punchy turbo unit delivers its power that makes it so special. The 211bhp Cooper feels laggy and slow to react in comparison. With a 0-60mph time of 6.9 seconds, the VW isn’t short on pace, while the punchy engine and raspy exhaust note never leave you wanting for more.
The GTI’s trump card has always been its ability to provide an absorbing driving experience without the compromise of a hard ride, and this car maintains that tradition. VW’s Adaptive Chassis Control system, carried over from the Scirocco, offers drivers three different damper settings – Comfort, Normal and Sport. At the press of a button, it can be converted from an ultra-refined motorway cruiser to a fully fledged track star.
Source: Auto Express