With the gung-ho attitude Volkswagen is diving into their group-wide electrification transition, it probably wouldn't come as a surprise to find that one of their most iconic cars, the Golf GTI, will be subject to the same technologies.
Autocar reports that the addition of an electric motor and accompanying battery pack will boost the hot hatch’s performance while also, obviously, reduce its fuel economy and emissions. But exactly what measures the automaker will take to ensure the extra tech assist won’t dilute the driving experience, as well as if they can actually pull it off, remains to be seen.
Back in November 2016, VW launched an updated version of their 7th-generation Golf, one that’s very due to spawn a GTI and - perhaps - R variant. Though, the topic of conversation here is all-new generation, or MK8, which is planned for outing in 2020, seven years after the MK7’s launch of 2013.
Apparently the core specifications of the car have already been decided upon, the Autocar report claims that sources close to the company’s R&D boss Frank Welsch have revealed the brief was to match the 195kW output of the Golf GTI Clubsport (or GTI 40 Years as it’s known locally).
A 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine will sit at the front of the car, as it was before, but that will be augmented by the same more powerful 48V electrical system that subsidiary Audi showed off to great effect in the SQ7 TDI.
Just like that high performance SUV, this could mean the same innovative electric compressor will be used in the GTI for lag-free punch. In addition, the report continues to say that an electric motor will sit alongside the car’s dual-clutch transmission to supplement the internal combustion motor.
Despite being termed an ‘all-new’ model, the next Golf will reportedly be constructed on an updated version of the MQB platform that’s also used by the current MK7 and forthcoming MK7.5. To make up for the additional hybrid components, it will be built with a higher ratio of lightweight materials, leading to an approximate 50kg weight reduction.