German automaker Volkswagen has revealed the production version of the Golf VII GTI which we’ll see next week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. This follows a concept shown back in September and the similarities between the two are quite obvious. The production-ready variant boasts a 2.0-liter turbo engine pumping out 220 HP (162 kW) for the standard model and 230 HP (169 kW) for the new GTI Performance variant, a first for the Golf GTI series. Regardless of the chosen versions, both can provide a peak torque of 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). Power is transferred to front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The standard GTI will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds, en route to a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h), whereas the more potent model does the sprint 0.1 seconds faster and hits a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The manually-equipped models can return 39.2 mpg US (47 mpg UK or 6 liters / 100 km) while the automatic variants can do 36.75 mpg US (44.13 mpg UK or 6.4 liters / 100 km). The stock GTIs with the manual have CO2 emissions of 139 g/km, while the ones with automatic have 148 g/km (GTI) and 150 g/km (GTI Performance).
Volkswagen has fitted the car with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 225/45 rubbers, a lowered sports chassis, more aggressive body kit and ventilated discs for the Performance version.