The VW Golf 8 GTI has blasted into SA. Here’s how much you’ll pay…

The long-anticipated, new Volkswagen Golf GTI has made its South African debut, with the local arm of the German manufacturer finally revealing pricing for the eighth-generation of its popular hot hatchback.

“The most digitally advanced” Golf GTI to date, the latest iteration of Wolfsburg’s hot hatch, Volkswagen says, is the first of its kind to feature a fully digitalised interior. According to the Wolfsburg automaker, the conventional controls for the headlamps and fog lights have been changed to a digital panel.

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Under the bonnet, the Golf 8 GTI’s EA888 motor produces 180 kW.

Included in the list of standard specification, the Golf 8 GTI features, among others, Volkswagen’s 10,25-inch InnoVision cockpit, App-Connect for the infotainment setup, wireless smartphone charging, a Climatronic air-conditioning system, park distance control, cruise control, and ambient lighting with a total of 30 hues to choose from. A leather-wrapped multi-function sports steering wheel, complete with paddle shifters and heating functionality, and GTI Vienna leather upholstery for the seats complete the interior package.

As standard, the Gold 8 GTI ships with 18-inch Richmond alloy wheels. 19-inch Adelaide alloy wheels are available as an option. Other items features on the list of optional extras are, among others, a Harmon Kardon sound system, head-up display, rear park assist with reverse-view camera, blind-spot monitoring and lane assist, and a panoramic sunroof.

Volkswagen offers the new GTI with the choice of three solid exterior colour options (Pure White, Urano Grey and Moonstone Grey), four metallic colours Dolphin Grey, Atlantic Blue, Kings Red, Reflex Silver) and a duo of pearlescent colours (Deep Black Pearl and Oryx White Pearl).

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Rear-view reverse camera among the optional items.

As a reminder, the new Golf GTI is powered by a 2,0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which directs 180 kW and 370 N.m to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Golf 8 GTI is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h from zero in a claimed time of 6,4 seconds.

Featuring Volkswagen’s five-year/90 000 km service plan as standard, the eighth-generation Golf GTI will retail in South Africa from 1 September 2021 for R669 300.