The Golf update also brings a refresher for the most dynamic version, the Golf GTI Performance. With a 15 PS increase in output over its predecessor, the new model accelerates up to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. The maximum torque increases by 20 to 370 Nm, and the front differential lock fitted as standard applies this power effordlessly to the road while increasing the lateral acceleration potential when emerging from bends.
On its exterior, the Golf GTI Performance differs from the GTI with 169 kW/230 PS by virtue of the GTI badge on its front red brake callipers, red GTI lettering at the front and rear, and larger internally-ventilated disc brakes (front: 340 mm, rear: 310 mm).
The new GTI Performance additionally has an extended range of standard features. In addition to the Active Info Display, the new Composition Media radio including eight loudspeakers and automatic headlight control with daytime running lights, the Golf GTI Performance also has automatic anti-dazzle interior mirrors, a rain sensor as well as a telephone and USB interface on board as standard.