With a dozen different brands now in its fold, Volkswagen will be having a busy time during the upcoming Paris Motor Show – with such high-line products as the Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake and an updated Lamborghini Gallardo getting early previews at the German maker’s Wednesday night party.
But two decidedly more mainstream offerings drew plenty of attention from the assembled media, including the all-new, seventh-generation VW Golf and the Golf GTI Concept that will be seen by the public for the first time during the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The German maker describes the GTI prototype as a “near-production concept,” a practice that it first used to get a final test of consumer sentiment with the previous-generation GTI back in 2008.
While specific details have yet to be released, the maker has hinted the new GTI will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI engine making 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Look for 0 to 100 kph (0 to 62.5 mph) time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 152 mph.