By Ronan Glon
Friday, Sep 28th, 2012 @ 10:20 am
 

Volkswagen has lifted the veil off of the much-awaited seventh-generation GTI at the Paris Motor Show.

Like its redesigned Golf sibling, the new-generation GTI is an exercise in design evolution, not revolution. Details include a honeycomb grille, an aggressive lower front fascia and a single red trim strip that extends across the grille into the headlights. Around back, twin tailpipes and a modest diffuser hint at the car's sporting intentions.

The next GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is equipped with direct injection. In stock form it makes 220 horsepower but an available performance package bumps that power output to 230. Both models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission but a six-speed dual-clutch unit is available for an extra cost.

The performance package also adds beefier brakes with model-specific calipers and a locking differential up front.

The GTI that debuted in Paris is officially billed as a concept but nothing beyond minor detail changes are expected for the production variant. Expect the final version of the car to greet the public for the first time in Geneva next March.

Live images by Ronan Glon.