Next-gen Hot Hatch to Offer 230 hp and 37-ish mpg
Kleiner GTI will welcome a fairly large power boost for the new model year, as Volkswagen attempts to reclaim the hot-hatch crown from a growing number of challengers. That’s the word from the Geneva International Motor Show, where the company recently introduced the 2014 Volkswagen GTI to the public with an upgraded I4 turbo engine that isn’t just more powerful, but more efficient, too.
Now, keeping in mind that these initial specs refer to the European edition of the car, the 2014 VW GTI will provide a robust 220 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque right out of the box—representing increases of 10 percent and 25 percent that pack an outsized punch, since the GTI also loses about 50 lbs. of curb weight. Then, drivers will be able to score an additional 10 hp from the GTI’s first factory-installed performance package, which also brings bigger brakes and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential. Backed by these improvements, drivers will enjoy a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 time of under 6.4 seconds.
Yet 2014 VW GTI also will deliver a similarly impressive increase in fuel economy, and that’s with or without the available performance enhancement. In either case, Volkswagen is calling for an 18 percent increase in fuel-efficiency ratings for manually transmissioned models, and if we stick to that number, and skip trying to translate European ratings into their U.S. equivalents, we would end up at roughly 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway/29.5 mpg.
The 2014 VW GTI is slated to launch in Germany in May, with Volkswagen to provide more details about the U.S.-bound cars in the near future.
When the 2014 VW GTI does arrive on these shores, it will be part of a new wave of hot hatchbacks that has flooded the market with high-quality choices. At that stage, buyers will be able to choose from: