We were recently given the opportunity to test drive the all new Mark 7 Volkswagen Golf GTI, which has a turbocharged 2.0 liter TSI engine! The Golf GTI’s new EA888 engine produces 10 horsepower more than the engine it replaced, topping out at 210 horsepower at 4,500 rpm. It also brings a massive boost in peak torque, from 207 pound-feet to 258 lb-ft, beginning at just 1,500 rpm and lasting until 4,500 rpm. The available Performance Package ($1495) modifies the engine programming to hold peak torque for an extra 200 rpm, enabling the EA888 to produce an extra 10 horsepower for a total of 220 at 4,700 rpm.
This is the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged and direct-injection unit that powers the new Golf GTI is a member of the latest, third-generation EA888 engine family and is built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the- art factory in Silao, Mexico. The EA888 engine line is a masterpiece of modern engine design that provides high levels of performance, efficiency, and drivability in a lightweight, compact package.
The cockpit view proves that the all-new Mk7 Golf GTI is better equipped than its predecessor, regardless of trim level. The Golf GTI S, which starts at $24,395 (plus $820 destination charge) for the two-door model with manual transmission, adds the following over the previous entry-level GTI: standard 5.8- inch touchscreen infotainment center, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, VW Car-Net® connected services, ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights, LED foglights, and a new Driving Mode Selection feature.
We love going on adventures with our favorite vehicles. We left our home base of Southern California and traveled to the historic colonial town of Middleburg Virginia to take the new Golf GTI through its paces. While the GTI’s engine is certainly capable enough in stock form, if we had one in our fleet, we would absolutely change out the intake, intercooler and turbo manifold, with an upgraded turbo and an aftermarket performance tune. Obviously, this would make the GTI even more fun – it’s a no brainer! Read the full story on MOTORMAVENS.