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Volkswagen has revealed the All-New 2013 Golf GTI in a special media preview ahead of its release for the Malaysian market this weekend. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the seventh generation of this iconic GTI hot hatch will be available for you at all Volkswagen dealer showrooms nationwide this Saturday, 24th August.

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“The best ever Golf GTI is here! It is the fastest, most powerful, and most fuel-efficient Golf GTI. This car created a segment of hot hatch on its own close to 40 years ago and since then, has been a favorite the world over, across all countries, continents, cultures and creeds and comes to Malaysia where it has a large following.”  said Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer.

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Looking similarly to the entry level 1.4 TSI model introduced here earlier in March, the GTI distinguishes itself with an exclusive red stripe around the radiator grille, a rear spoiler with black border around the windscreen, redesigned front and rear bumpers, red painted brake calipers, dark red tail lights cluster and dual exhausts. An 18-inch “Austin” alloy wheels completes its exterior.

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Inside, the new GTI features its distinctive classic tartan pattern fabric seats, instrument cluster highlighting exclusive color display with lap timer function, and unique instrument graphics. It also has an independent multifunction leather sport steering, red ambience lighting in the cabin area and brushed stainless steel pedals.

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It is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 217 hp and a whopping 350 Nm of torque enabling a 0 to 100 km/h sprint of just 6.5 seconds and onwards to a top speed to 244 km/h. It is mated to Volkswagen’s 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission boasting a 6.4 litre per 100 km fuel consumption, emitting only 148 g/km of CO2.

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It achieves these performance figures by using the lightweight Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform that is 42 kg lighter than the previous model. Other features include an enhanced XDS+ progressive steering vehicle dynamics function.

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The all-new seventh generation 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced at RM217,888 on-the-road. An optional RM10,000 Tech Pack is offered with “Vienna” leather seats with a 12-way electric adjustable driver’s seat and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with driver profile. An optional 19-inch ‘Santiago’ wheels is also available fr an additional RM3,000.

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Alternatively, there is a less equipped, 3-door version, called the Pure GTI, priced at RM209,888.

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