Alright, this is an amazing upgrade from the rounded younger generations. It has a ver aggressive look to it, and finally... finally VW has gotten rid of those awful wheels from the past and morphed them into something a little more contemporary.
Now my only problem is that it is still only available in fwd. I know it snows in Germany, and it snows in Colorado where I live. Buying a non AWD car is just asking to get stuck in a packing lot with 3" of snow, yet alone when we get the 9" in a single storm.
VW if you are listening, please make a GTI with AWD that is not the R, I don't want to step $35,000 on a hatchback. Also while I have you attention, A GTD in America would be great!
A prototype in name only, the concept gives us a glimpse of what the MkVII GTI will bring to the table in terms of aesthetics. Volkswagen says the next-gen GTI will boast an 18-percent bump in fuel efficiency, which could see the sports hatch top 36 miles per gallon highway on the U.S. scale. Not too shabby, especially given the machine should retain its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Volkswagen has also rummaged up a few extra ponies, as the company claims the MkVII will dish out around 217 horsepower, a 17-horse nudge over the current generation. Expect more solid numbers to surface closer to the production model's actual debut.