The extra sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance has landed in Australia, adding more equipment, more power, and more all-round performance.
Under the bonnet the EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is tweaked to produce 169kW (up from 162kW) and the same 350Nm. This results in 0-100km/h coming up in 6.4 seconds, according to VW (down from 6.5), with the DSG dual-clutch auto transmission (no manual available).
Despite the added performance, a 6.6L/100km fuel consumption rating remains the same as the regular DSG-equipped GTI.
In other areas, the Performance edition gets 340mm front discs (up 28mm) and 310mm ventilated rear discs (up 10mm), an electronic locking differential at the front, dark tinted LED taillights, bi-xenon headlights, and 19-inch Santiago alloy wheels.
The interior is also revised with newly designed Clark tartan trim with race-style Alcantara, and more beefy seats to hold you in during hard cornering.
Prices for the Mk7 Golf GTI are as follows (excluding on-road costs):
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI manual – $41,490
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG auto – $43,990
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance (DSG auto only) – $47,990