Updated VW Golf GTI gets 195kW and ChatGPT intelligence

21 May 2024 - 12:26
By Motor News Reporter
From 2024 the Golf GTI gets a power upgrade and retouched looks.
Image: Supplied From 2024 the Golf GTI gets a power upgrade and retouched looks.

The 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI has been enhanced.

At the heart of the spec change is a more powerful engine, with 195kW representing a 15kW improvement. Previously the max output was 180kW but the torque output remains unchanged at 370Nm. 

The latest evolutionary stage of its turbocharged engine now delivers the maximum torque at 4,590rpm, 290rpm earlier. Though sounding marginal, VW says the new mapping allows the GTI to get from standstill to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds, 0.5 seconds faster than the previous model’s 6.4-second dash.

A seven-speed DSG and electronic differential are standard equipment, as are gear paddles behind the multifunction steering wheel.

Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.

It's business as usual in the sport cabin with red accents, capacitive buttons and now with a ChatGPT artificial intelligence assistant.
Image: Supplied It's business as usual in the sport cabin with red accents, capacitive buttons and now with a ChatGPT artificial intelligence assistant.

The latest iteration has its looks sharpened through new LED Plus headlights and tail-light clusters and an illuminated Volkswagen badge. The latest generation of the IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are optional and boast 15% more range than before.

The standard fitment wheel design is the 17" Richmond alloys, optionally the 19" Queenstown alloy that evokes the five oval semicircles design of the classic Detroit wheel that debuted with the Mk V Golf GTI. Chrome-plated twin-pipe exhaust ports complete the look.

The optional new 19
Image: Supplied The optional new 19" Queenstown alloy evokes the design of the classic Detroit wheel that debuted with the Mk V Golf GTI.

Inside there are sports seats with integrated head restraints and the distinctive GTI check pattern. Red decorative stitching is applied on the seats, centre armrest, floor mats and multifunction steering wheel. The enhanced Golf GTI is also available with the optional “Vienna leather package”.

You'll also find brushed stainless-steel pedal caps, a black headliner and enhanced cockpit pro digital displays, with illuminated touch sliders for the climate control and volume control. The infotainment system is operated using a free-standing 32.8cm touch display now with ChatGPT artificial intelligence capability.

VWSA’s media and public relations manager Tebogo Losaba says the refreshed Golf GTI is under investigation for a South African introduction but nothing is confirmed yet.