The long-running reign of the Volkswagen Golf continues with the 2013 VW Golf and Golf GTI. The Golf has never gone out of fashion since its 1974 launch, and the next models mark the seventh generation of the sporty and now performance-based hatchback.
The Volkswagen Golf debuted in 1974, and has since sold an impressive 29 million units worldwide, making it one of the world’s most successful cars of all time. It beat the popular Beetle!
The 2013 Golf GTI was revealed at the Paris Auto Show and portrays the full evolution of the hot hatch. While the exterior retains that familiar and well-loved hatchback styling, the powertrain is decidedly futuristic and the upgrades are fierce.
GTI Cabriolet convertible
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The new Golf GTI features a TSI turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 200 horses. There are both 2 and 4-door layouts, each with convertible and sunroof options. The best feature could well be the new touch-screen navigation system that shows which corners to hug! It is dubbed the RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system. LEDs, leather and electronic upgrades put it a cut above other brands in its class.
2013 VW Golf at Paris Auto Show
Details and improvements for the standard 2013 VW Golf:
- A range of new and/or improved turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline and common-rail diesel engines
- A contemporary steel platform structure that shaves approximately 220 pounds from the curb weight when compared to the sixth-generation.
- Added length and width, reduced height.
Europeans will have the following options for the Golf:
- 1.6-liter diesels with 104 horses
- 2.0-liter diesels with 148 horses
- 1.2-liter gasoline with 84 horses
- 1.4-liter gasoline with 120 horses
- A six-speed manual is standard and there is an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox
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