Spy shots of the next-generation Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI have surfaced, as the three-door GTI underwent hot weather testing in the extremes of California’s Death Valley.
We can clearly see the dual exhaust pipes in one of the shots and the prototype is wearing the current model’s big wheels, suggesting the 2013 Golf 7 GTI will receive a similar sized brake package as the current model. The prototype also appears to be sitting lower than the current GTI, and its roof line is much lower too. This fits in with Volkswagen’s plans to make the Golf 7 GTI, and even the regular Golf models, much sportier.
A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is expected to feature once again, with output likely to rise slightly above the current model’s 155 kW and 280 Nm of torque. Buyers can also expect a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual clutch DSG.
Combined with an expected lighter curb weight, the new Golf Mk VII GTI is set to make waves in the hot hatch segment once again when it lands late next year or in early 2013.