The Volkswagen Golf GTi is any young man’s dream and there is no better time than the month of June to buy yourself one of these perky vehicles as Volkswagen Polokwane will add the Performance Pack to the purchase for free. The GTi is known for its great performance and Polokwane Observer experienced it last week. It stands out from the crowd no matter where you drive or park. And with seven kW more than the standard GTi, it is sure to turn heads everywhere. There is not much of a difference on the exterior and one can tell the Performance Pack apart from the red GTi logo on the back and the GTi logo on the larger red internally-ventilated brake discs, which now measure 340mm upfront and 310mm at the back. The exterior design is all unmistakably GTi with the red pinstriped front honeycomb grille, dual chrome tailpipes and 18” alloy wheels. Its independent spirit can be sensed in it aggressive stance and the standard LED front fog lights as well as the optional Bi-Xenon headlight package only adds to the pedigree of the vehicle. It is a perfect combination of beauty and beast.
The interior offers as much eye candy as the exterior. With all the power it unleashes, it is just as essential that the interior is built for premium luxury and driving comfort. The interior with its red stitching and chrome trims bolsters you perfectly as you tear up the road. The high quality interior cabin has a premium and sophisticated layout and feel. The GTi’s interior is much more cockpit with a lot of sporty elements to it and less cabin.
According to Volkswagen’s official figures, the Performance Pack is 0,1 seconds quicker from 0-100 km/h, taking 6.4 seconds, and it’s 4 km/h quicker overall with its 248 km/h top speed. The unrealistic claimed combined fuel consumption figure remains at 6,4 ? per 100 km. The output on the GTi Performance Pack is 169 kW compared to the original 162 kW.
Behind the steering wheel one can harness the competitive spirit of the GTi with ease as you feel the impeccable best in-class handling and drivability at work. The GTi sports suspension asserts its dominance with its front axle McPherson struts and independent suspension, as well as a Multi-link rear axle with a modular lightweight suspension. The progressive steering and Transverse Electronic Differential Lock provides an intuitive and instinctive response as you manoeuvre hairpin bends with pinpoint precision.
All leaders have vision and foresight and that is why the GTi has a host of intuitive driver assist systems to keep you safe. The Rest Assist Fatigue Detection System monitors your driving behaviour and lets you know when you need to take a break, while the Multi Collision Braking System complements its ability to accelerate with phenomenal stopping power in the event of an accident.
For more information on the GTi Performance Pack, contact Volkswagen Polokwane on 015 590 1719 or visit their showroom at Motor City corner Nelson Mandela Drive and Grobler Street.