American VW boss reckons new Golf GTI will be ‘cool as hell’

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Words: Nile Bijoux
20 May 2019

Volkswagen’s North American boss, Scott Keogh, is pretty confident in the upcoming eighth-gen Golf. While the area under his jurisdiction won’t be getting the standard versions, the GTI and R variants will sell Stateside and in a recent interview, Keogh said that the GTI is the “heart and soul” of the brand.

He went on to say the new hot hatch will shake the segment, calling it “cool as hell,” adding that it will remain an important part of VW’s plans even as electrification takes a firmer hold on the automotive world.

The next-gen Golf GTI is due in 2020, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine powering the front wheels and no electrical assistance. Expect more power than the 169kW/350Nm seventh-gen GTI, possibly around 188kW.

There will also be a six-speed manual option to back up the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic most will buy.

The R variant will launch in 2020 as well, although details on that model are being kept under wraps for now, with VW only saying it’s a “fantastic” car and a “performance king.”

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