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2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 to get 162kW, LSD, longer wheelbase

More details are starting to emerge surrounding the next-generation 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7. It’s set to feature a slightly more powerful engine with more torque, and will apparently grow in size for increased cabin space.

According to reports, the next-gen 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 will get a revised version of the current 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with power boosted to 162kW – up from the current 155kW – and torque set to take a leap up to 340Nm – up from the current 280Nm.

To help put the extra grunt to the ground, the Mk7 GTI will come with a new mechanical limited-slip differential for the front-drive layout. A CAR magazine report says that this will replace the current electronic type. Translated to useable acceleration, the new GTI is expected to crack 0-100km/h in around 6.7 seconds.

Other new details include a wheelbase which will grow by as much as 50mm, providing increased rear seat legroom, and more boot space (395L up from the current 350L), while the new model is also said to sit 30mm lower than the current GTI.

The Mk7 GTI will showcase sporty styling highlights and trimmings over the normal Mk7 Golf, following in the 35-year tradition of the GTI. Highlights include sports seats, alloy wheels, and a neat bodykit with subtle front and rear spoilers. This is on top of the sharpened new look of the Mk7 Golf – check artist’s rendering above for a potential glimpse.

As for the on-sale date, it is believed the 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next March, and could arrive in Australia later that year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.