2021 VW GTI is revealed with more horsepower and torque
The 2021 has finally been revealed, and it doesn’t mess with the formula. Inside and out, its only a little more aggressive looking than. Those mild exterior changes hide a punchy turbo four-cylinder that’s even more potent than the last one.
That engine is an updated version of the same EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that powers the current . Power has increased from to 241 horses, and torque is up from 258 pound-feet to 273. A six-speed manual transmission remains standard while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is an option. Power still goes to the front wheels, and suspension duties are handled by MacPherson struts at the front and a multilink design at the rear.
It’s worth noting that Europe will get GTE variants. The former comes only with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and makes 197 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The PHEV makes the same 241 horsepower as the GTI and torque that happens to match the 295 pound-feet of the GTD, plus it boasts 37 miles of electric range.
Surrounding the GTI’s pumped-up engine is a basic golf body enhanced with classic GTI touches and some more aggressive bodywork. A red accent line runs across the front on the top edge of the headlights. It lines up with the red GTI badges on the fenders, too. On the European GTE, those accents are blue, and the GTD gets gray accents. The lower grille now has a hexagonal mesh instead of slats, and it looks completely open the whole way across. Hidden on either side are sets of five fog lights that are nearly invisible when switched off. Another neat piece of lighting is the full-width daytime running light. The GTI also gets a more aggressive front splitter, side skirts, rear spoiler and diffuser. The GTI’s badge is now larger and is displayed proudly in the middle of the rear hatch below the badge. Standard wheels are just 17 inches in diameter, though 18- and 19-inch wheels are available optionally.
The GTI’s interior is nearly identical to that of the regular Golf except for a few details. The standard seats are more aggressively bolstered and wear a new version of the GTI’s signature plaid upholstery. A sportier leather-wrapped steering wheel replaces the standard unit, and it features touch controls. On dual-clutch-equipped GTIs, the center console hosts a little shifter nub like you’d find in a new 911. GTIs also come standard with the 10.25-inch instrument display and 10-inch infotainment display. Ambient lighting is also featured and can display 30 colors.