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2014 VW Golf GTI ‘Performance’

2014 GOLF GTI PERFORMANCE

Vehicle Style: 5-door hot hatch

Price: $48,490 on-roads)

Engine/trans: 169kW/350Nm turbo petrol | 6sp twin-clutch

Fuel Economy claimed: 6.6 | tested: 11.2 l/100km severe driving)

OVERVIEW

it comes to the quintessential hot-hatch, Golf GTI is just about the for fast, fun, front-wheel offerings.

When the Mk 7 GTI arrived year, no part of that changed. Still VW promised something extra-hot was coming, that would fill a between the GTI and the halo Golf R .

something is the GTI Performance . Building on the impressive Golf GTI, the is even sharper handling, brakes, and a handful of extra

So, for $4000 over a regular GTI (the Performance is auto you pick up bigger brakes and rear with bigger a seven-kilowatt power boost, rear glass and Xenon with tinted LED tail-lights.

The real party trick is the electronically controlled diff The first time such a has appeared in a front driver, and to the car’s transformation from handler to phenomenal handler.

well spent? Well, it turns things up a notch.

seats in ‘Clark’ tartan with alcantara-trimmed bolsters

headlining

Leather trimmed sports steering wheel

glass

5.8 inch touchscreen navigation and eight-speaker audio

inside the GTI Performance and the interior is familiar to anyone acquainted the Golf range. The key difference is the addition of Alcantara to the seat in place of the regular GTI’s

No need to worry about the of big changes. As it stands, the Golf a well dressed, logically interior and one of the best-feeling sports wheels we’ve wrapped our around.

Being a five-door also means that, a Renault Megane RS. getting and family in and out is a breeze — and the opening means no-one’s to knock their scone on the way

Critically though, the driving is easy to set.

The seats a broad scope of range and the wheel can appear a shade it’s actually right you need it through the bends. I gets reach and rake

2.0 turbo intercooled petrol 169kW/350Nm

19-inch ‘Santiago’ wheels

Six-speed dual-clutch DSG only

Electronically controlled diff lock.

Larger discs with uprated

With 169kW of power, the GTI boasts an extra seven wasps’ over the standard while torque between the two the same at 350Nm.

That’s a small brag, and the peak-power from 4700-6200rpm, starting later than the standard Torque spans 1500-4600rpm, time stretching 200rpm than the standard GTI.

only the most dedicated would be able to identify change, but with a 0-100 of 6.4 seconds the GTI Performance does 0.1 of a second off the regular GTI’s

But the biggest changes can be felt the bends. Volkswagen selected a route jam-packed with to demonstrate the impressive ability of the electronically actuated mechanical lock.

By using a multi-plate inside the differential housing, the variable mechanical diff-lock can variably lock-up or release in a way to a limited-slip-diff, using the wheel-speed to monitor rotational speeds.

aside, it simply means the GTI is able to rocket out of corners tremendous force, with any loss of traction to the inside

That means you can hit the gas earlier a corner without fear of traction to the inside wheel.

The new also operates in conjunction the existing Extended Diff (XDL) which applies force to a spinning wheel to torque to the wheel with Like an added safety net of prowess.

Adaptive chassis control, as in the is also part of the Performance allowing driver selectable Normal and Sport modes not only vary the ride but also monitor and adjust shock absorber up to 1000 per second with the aim of reducing and increasing comfort.

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That’s all stuff, but what about it comes time to hit the anchors? covered too.

Up front rotors take the place of the 312mm items and in the rear ventilated discs replace the 300mm solid ones.

Pad is increased to suit; up front are piston calipers branded the GTI logo and all calipers score a of red paint.

They look and stop even better the notchy feel of lesser is less noticeable for starters, and after a frenetic workout we fault the pedal-feel or stopping

ANCAP rating: 5-Stars: the new scored 35.92 out of 37 possible

Safety features: Two-stage control, traction control, EBD, brake assist, airbags (dual front, full-length curtain and driver’s and driver fatigue detection.

All feature height adjustable and three-point seatbelts. Front are height adjustable with pretensioners

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

Is the GTI Performance the hottest hatch out Well, maybe not in a drag but there’s more to life sprinting between traffic

Volkswagen knows this, why — even though its figures have been — the sublime balance and ability have not.

If looking for something you can fang a mountain road or around a on Sunday — and then the kids off to school on Monday then this is it.

And with its front-end confidence, you’d be mad not to out every winding strip of on offer.

Over a standard GTI the may be the best $4000 you’ll spend.

PRICING (excludes costs)


Golf GTI — manual $41,990

Golf GTI — — $44,490

Golf GTI — auto —

2014 Golf R — 6 Manual — $51,990

Golf R — 6 Speed DSG $54,490

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