Volkswagen introduced a camouflaged 2025 Golf GTI to CES in Las Vegas final month, however the actual reveal happened weeks later in Europe. Whereas the US-spec mannequin remains to be a no-show, a thinly disguised prototype attended the F.A.T. Ice Race Aspen in Carbondale, Colorado. We requested VW of America about what the longer term has in tow for the quintessential sizzling hatch.
Confirming our worst fears, the six-speed handbook gearbox disappears after the 2024 mannequin 12 months. In an e-mail to Motor1, Volkswagen of America Product Communications Specialist Jerohn Anderson stated: “I can inform you that the handbook transmission is not going to be accessible after MY2024 for Golf GTI and Golf R.”
There had been some studies about VW having a change of coronary heart as a result of extra relaxed Euro 7 laws, however the Euro-spec Golf GTI debuted as a DSG-only affair. Consequently, its American cousin can also be dropping the stick. The GTI 380 special edition marked the top of the street for the three-pedal Golf in the US.
For those who’re questioning why the Euro 7 customary would affect the American model, there’s a logical rationalization. US gross sales of the Golf GTI with a handbook accounted for under about 5 % of whole quantity in 2023. Because the bulk of gross sales got here from different markets, maintaining the third pedal in North America simply wasn’t definitely worth the trouble. Though the Euro 7 laws has been relaxed because the preliminary proposal, the change did not occur quickly sufficient to maintain the handbook. The Golf Mk8.5 had already been largely (if not solely) developed.
Though the Golf R wasn’t supplied with a handbook transmission in Europe, People can row their very own gears. Nonetheless, the clock is ticking as a result of the all-wheel-drive flagship can even be bought strictly with the automated from the 2025 mannequin 12 months. It doesn’t suggest the handbook is totally lifeless within the Golf 8 facelift since some markets are getting cheaper variations with 1.5 TSI gasoline and a pair of.0 TDI diesel engines mixed with a clutch pedal.
Dropping the handbook goes to be a giant disappointment for lovers excited about shopping for a GTI or an R. In the beginning of the 12 months, we requested VW how many individuals bought the efficiency hatch with three pedals in 2023. The take rate for the GTI was 50 percent whereas the R was carefully behind, at 40 %, the identical as for the Jetta GLI.
In associated information, we additionally requested VoA whether or not the 2025 Golf GTI will obtain the facility bump of the revised mannequin bought on the Previous Continent. Jerohn Anderson refused to verify whether or not the US-spec variant will acquire these 20 additional ponies, which might carry the tally to 261 hp.
VW has but to disclose the revised Golf R. It had a camouflaged automobile on the Ice Race within the Austrian metropolis of Zell am See on the finish of January. The world premiere is scheduled to happen someday this summer season. VW has but to say whether or not Europe will get one other Golf R wagon. Spy photographs point out the long-roof model will soldier on.
It is also unclear if the range-topper will get extra energy. The 2023 Golf R333 and the 20 Years Version from a 12 months earlier than each had 328 hp in Europe. If VW needs to unlock that additional muscle for the common Golf R, it will carry a bump in output of 13 hp.
These would be the ultimate GTI and R updates within the combustion engine period since VW will substitute the eighth-generation Golf with an all-electric mannequin. Sizzling variations carrying these well-known suffixes will stay within the electrical period. VW has already trademarked a revised “GTI” logo with a thunderbolt changing the final letter.