Incoming: The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 - Price, specs and release date

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After many months of waiting, the brand new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI is just around the corner and has been spied being tested at the Arctic Circle. The world lost their mind when the standard eighth generation of Golf rolled into view, which means we are in for a real treat with the GTI variant.

Jeremy Clarkson himself labeled the seventh generation of Golf GTI as "perfect", which make us excited to see what he has to say about this one.

How much will the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI cost and when will we see it?

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is set to have a starting price of £29,000 but this will go up based on spec and whether you opt for the TCR option (which is the more powerful one) or not. The car is due to be properly announced at some point later this year, with first orders going out in autumn.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 engine and power stats:

As with every new Golf GTI, the Mk8 will have performance gains over the Mk7 as well as a weight reduction.

The engine used will be an updated version of the 2.0L turbocharged engine developed by Audi which we already have in the Mk7. This will provide us with a standard output of around 255 hp.

However, there will also be a more powerful option called the 'TCR' which will replace the current performance version of the GTI. The TCR variant will offer a 0-62 mph time of under 6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Who needs more than this from a hot hatch?

Another thing which is worth mentioning is the decision Volkswagen chose not to switch to hybrid technology just yet with the GTI due to the Mk7 being so popular. This wise decision was made by the VW Group chairman, Herbert Diess.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 gearbox and engineering:

Many of you driving enthusiasts out there will be pleased to know that the Mk8 Golf GTI will come with both a six-speed gearbox and seven-speed DSG option. I think many of us are glad we can still buy manual hot hatches to thrash around some twisty B-roads.

This time around, VW have put a lot of time and effort into focussing on steering accuracy. The electro-mechanical set-up of this model has been heavily reworked to provide it with added levels of feedback and a more direct ratio. So, if you thought the previous Golf's had good handling, wait until you try this one out.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 looks and interior:

As you can see from the photos, the 2020 VW Golf GTI Mk8 will come with different front and rear bumpers with larger air intakes, chunkier wheels which house larger brakes as well as the familiar looking dual-exit exhausts and rear spoiler. The Mk8 GTI also sits a little wider which many people will be a big fan of.

Standard Mk8 Golf interior

Standard Mk8 Golf interior

The new Golf GTI is also reportedly going to have a aggressive look, especially around the front grille which is expected to feature a deeper vent section along with slimmer LED headlights.

Now. There is one very controversial change to the Mk8 Golf GTI. It will now no longer come with a 3-door option. Buyers are now restricted to a 5-door option only which I am personally a fan of but would be interested to hear what you think (drop your thoughts in the comments).

Inside, you will notice a brand new digital cockpit, the same one seen in the standard Mk8 Golf which was announced last year. You will also notice new switchgear, including a centre console featuring a stubby T-shaped gear lever exclusively for the DSG-equipped versions. This gear lever is very similar to the one found in the new 911.

What do you think of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8?

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