VW Golf 8 GTI heading to SA soon

Specification of soon to be launched VW Golf 8 GTI announced

Reuben Van Niekerk
VW Golf 8 GTI
Golf 8 GTI
Golf 8

Enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the eighth generation of the iconic hot hatch that is the Volkswagen GTI, which is due to arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2021.


Same but different

The GTI’s formula for success is that its DNA has never changed, it still has a clean design, front-wheel drive, a powerful petrol engine and touches like the red stripe in the radiator grille.


At the front, the wide air intakes, low-positioned standard LED headlights and unmistakable signature light on the radiator grille are particularly distinctive. The latter is illuminated for the first time by a narrow LED strip, which flows on the left and right into the headlight modules. The LED headlights feature 22 individual LEDs per headlight matrix signal.

At the rear, the roof spoiler, diffuser and two round tailpipes located at the outer sides are striking distinguishing features.


The 2.0 litre turbocharged engine now sends 180kW and 370Nm to the front wheels. The four-cylinder engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox allowing it to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds.

The agility and sportiness has been perfected with the help of a new system called the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, this high level control system co-ordinates all electromechanical running gear functions.


Inside story

The Golf 8 GTI features a completely digitalised interior landscape of displays and controls. The digital displays of the standard InnoVision cockpit and infotainment system start up as soon as the doors are opened. The multi-function leather sports steering wheel now features touch controls.

The conventional controls for the headlights as well as fog lights have been changed to a digital panel. The new Golf GTI features a smaller gear knob as a result of adopting a shift-by-wire system. The Golf 8 GTI will be the second model in the Volkswagen range to be available with the optional Harmon Kardon sound system.


One model only

The SA bound VW Golf 8 GTI will only be available in one derivative with standard features including 18-inch Richmond alloy wheels, Lights and Vision Package including high-beam control light assist, Climatronic air conditioning, heated leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with touch control and shift paddles, Vienna leather seats, keyless locking and starting, Composition Media Radio, multi-colour InnoVision Cockpit, App-Connect, Cruise Control, Park Distance Control, mobile phone interface with inductive charging function as well as 30-colour ambient lighting.


The options list will include panoramic sunroof, mechanically swivelling trailer hitch, IQ Light: LED Matrix Headlights, Black Styling Package with black 18-inch Bergamo alloy wheels, Head-Up display, Adaptive Chassis control including driving profile selection, smokers package, 19-inch Adelaide alloy wheels, Harmon Kardon sound system, Discover Pro Radio, Park Assist, Rear Assist with rear view camera, Blind Spot monitor, Travel Assist and Adaptive cruise control with Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking.


The new Golf GTI will be available in three solid paint colours; Pure White, Urano Grey and Moonstone Grey, four metallic colours; Dolphin Grey, Atlantic Blue, Kings Red and Reflex Silver and two pearlescent colours; Deep Black Pearl and Oryx White Pearl.



Pricing for the new Golf 8 GTI will be announced closer to the launch date. Keep an eye on motus.cars for the latest news and reviews.