Vw Produces the Most Potent Golf GTI
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0-liter engine specs
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI has lost its performance package. No, this isn’t so that it can be a weaker version of all that it was before. Rather, VW has made the change to have all trims produce the same power from the 2.0-liter engine. Really, why not? Instead of having to upgrade in order to get the 220 horsepower you want, the hot hatch now comes already boosted. Here’s everything else you should know about the 2018 model year as far as performance is concerned.
Standard 220 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four
It’s not that the engine for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI has changed, but last year the base model was 10 horsepower short. This year you can expect the full 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque available right at the base trim level.
Unlike many automakers who are cutting manual transmission in their models, performance ones included, Volkswagen continues to stand by the stick shift. This can be seen with the Golf GTI, which has a standard six-speed manual transmission. For those who do prefer an automatic, an available dual-clutch DSG automatic is also available, complete with paddle shifters and Tiptronic and Sport driving modes for an engaging driving experience that is simplified.
Other performance features include the Cross-Differential System XDS+, 13.4-inch front disc brakes and 12.2-inch rear disc brakes, red brake calipers and the available VAQ limited-slip differential system.
In addition to these performance features, available features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights, auto headlights with rain sensors and the stop/start gas saving feature for GTI models equipped with the automatic transmission.
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