One of the most important models in Volkswagen’s lineup has revealed itself online ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Posted on Wilcoblok’s Instagram account, the photo shows the Mk8 Golf GTI’s rear end in full.
As expected, it features a chunkier rear spoiler, slightly different rear bumper treatment with twin exhaust and rear diffuser, and subtle skirting much like the current model.
Other notable difference includes a lowered ride height courtesy of the GTI’s sports suspension and fresh alloy wheels which doesn’t look as chunky as the Mk7’s.
Taped up underneath the VW badge is likely the ‘GTI’ lettering, replacing the ‘GOLF’ script of the regular models.
We’ll have to wait for the hot hatch’s official unveil to learn more about what’s underneath its bonnet but early reports indicate the standard Golf GTI will offer around 170kW from the carried over 2.0-litre EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech.
The GTI Performance variant is said to up the power stakes to 213kW and completed with limited-slip differential, bigger wheels and beefier brakes.
After the Golf GTI, the all-wheel drive Golf R will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with over 224kW of power.