Volkswagen is showing off an all-new GTI. This version marks the eighth-generation of the warmed-up hatchback. And it’s making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. So what’s new? Well, it clearly has a new look about it. You can still get plaid seats on the inside, which is a nice tie-in to the past versions of the car. And buyers in other markets can also shop for a GTD (diesel) or GTE (hybrid) version of the car.
The GTI employs VW’s EA888 engine up front. This version makes 245 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and it pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox. There’s a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission also available.
I’m certain the latest GTI will be a delight to drive. I’m not as certain that the style works for me personally. This car seems angrier than it needs to be. There’s a clear scowl across the face and at the same time, I also see a bit of “unfrozen caveman lawyer” in there as well.
What do you think? How do you feel about the eighth-generation Volkswagen GTI?