2020 VW Golf GTI MK8

Its Fair to say we are all fond of the mk7 Golf Gti and Golf R, due to their well balanced all-around performance, However, as we know, every 5 years VW bring us something new and 2019 we are looking forward to seeing the new Golf mk8.


What we can expect from the Golf GTI mk8 - The Nitty Gritty Specs

  • Engine:           1984cc - turbocharged, 16 valve, 2.0-litre
  • Torque:           249lbs ft 
  • Fuel:                Petrol
  • Power:            261bhp from 5,300.00RPM
  • Wheel drive:   front wheel drive
  • top speed:     (limited to) 155mph
  • Price:              £30,100.00 (estimated)
  • 0-62mph:       5.8seconds
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch or 6 speed Manual 
  • On sale Late 2019


The Mk8 Golf is due to start production in less than 10 months and we are expected to see the latest technology from the German car manufacturer like autonomous driving capability, fuel-saving technology, connectivity and refinement which is intended to render the mainstream competition second best. There was a time when Volkswagen was once a middle man's car, however, it is clear that VW wants nothing but Premium respect. 

The Golf’s exterior styling is expected not to be far off the current model, however with Deeper and sharper lines like the new Polo which was delivered by sketches shown at a suppliers’ meeting at the start of the year.  We have been told to expect a larger flowing C-pillar, a little more sharp-edged definition to the bodywork. 

The GTI is expected to resemble the recent GTI TCR with Deep side vents and Embossed rear defuser to channel the air around the car. The Mk8 is meant to be at least 30% more slippery giving you less drag and better stability at high speeds. The biggest news about the GTI and R model it the anticipated Electric assisted motors. Given the Performance range a Hybrid powertrain, which will offer an instant performance boost – and a new range of micro-hybrids. 

With Hot hatches increasing significantly in price the perfect practical performance car is not as easily accessible and the older generation who have settled with families are starting to edge towards small SUV's and estate models, as such, Cars like the GTI tend to be bought mainly by true enthusiast and executives. VW has decided to give the new Golf a noticeably wider track and even more room in the cabin, with a noticeably longer wheelbase and a bigger boot than its rivals possibly to boost sales.


Given that the mk7.5 received touch and hand gesture entertainment systems we can expect the new model to improve on this system which is designed to minimise the time your eyes are taken away from the road to activate a setting.

The 2019 golf will use an updated version of the MQB platform in the current model with a 50kg weight reduction saving due to lighter components. Planned modifications to the construction process are also said to provide more streamlined production and reduced build times as part of a strategy aimed at improving the economy of scale and profitability of VW’s best-selling model.

VW says they have finalised the car’s design, which has been developed by the company’s latest design boss, Michael Mauer, who also styled the current Porsche line-up.

The engine’s particulate filter and catalyst have been resized for improved performance for a longer period of time. VW claimed the engine offers an average of 9% more torque and power together with an average 10g/km decrease in CO2 emissions. Volkswagen says the new diesel unit will have power units from 135bhp to 201bhp and will be seen in Audi models before being installed in the Golf Mk8 next year. The Petrol model will start from 1.0 litre 115bhp up to the range-topping 2.0 Golf R with power expect at 290bhp R model. We know that's less than the current mk7 Golf R, this is because of emissions and new EU regulations, however, don't worry, the fuel efficiency will be better and there will not be a loss is stock power out of the dealership.

VW has already released details of the Golf’s 1.5-litre TGI Evo natural gas engine, which started its production this year, based on the 1.5-litre TSI engine, the TGI unit uses the same Miller cycle valve timing and a variable geometry turbocharger. Developing around 129bhp and 148lb ft from as little as 1400rpm when installed in the Golf Mk7. Volkswagen claim that this engine emits around 93g/km of CO2 when installed to the standard dual-clutch gearbox. 

Frank Welsch, VW’s technical development boss, has revealed the firm’s new ‘affordable’ 48V system, which uses a belt-integrated starter/ generator/alternator to assist the engine by providing extra power and torque directly to the engine’s crankshaft.

The key to adopting 48V in a mass-market car was VW and its suppliers developing a less expensive and more compact set-up, which uses a small DC-to-DC converter and a small lithium-ion battery.

Welsch said the 48V set-up allows a greater amount of energy to be recuperated than with 12V systems, which means an improved fuel economy. These new mild-hybrid engines can also start and stop extremely quickly, which will allow the Golf Mk8 to switch in and out of coasting mode when driving, making further fuel savings. With all that said the best part of this news is the new GTI mk8 will adopt this technology from the 48V System and integrated starter motor to make the upcoming model the most powerful series-production Golf GTI today.

Although we won't see the GTI in production for at least 18 months after the release of the first GTI, sources close to VW research and development boss Frank Welsch have revealed that the initial performance targets point to a power output similar to the 261bhp of the limited-edition Golf GTI Clubsport.

Scheduled to go on sale in the UK in 2020, the Mk8 Golf GTI will retain the current turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit. However, the introduction of the 48V electric system will allow the four-cylinder engine to receive comprehensive modifications. It’s likely that the exhaust gas turbocharger we currently see will step aside for an electrically operated compressor that offers improved low-end response and a broader plateau of torque across the rev range like the original GTI's.

Additionally, the integrated starter motor will allow VW to provide the front-wheel-drive Golf GTI with a so-called boost function, in which an electric motor mounted in the front section of its standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox supplements the combustion engine in Performance mode.  

A pre-production test car of the next VW Golf has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring race track. When it goes on sale next year, it will likely feature autonomous driving technology with the ability to shut down its engine when coasting for fuel saving.

The new golf will be ‘always connected’ advised by the bosses at VW. Using the eSIM card technology seen in the new Touareg, making the Golf Mk8 permanently connected to the internet. The permanent connectivity allows future models to ‘read’ the topography of the road from 3D mapping like switching to coasting when heading downhill or approaching a junction.

The current Golf benefits from VW's semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist system, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking of the car under 37mph, so it's certain that the Mk8 model will take a leap in advancement over this. 

Head of VW's compact series, Karlheinz Hell, revealed: "The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions. It will have more software on board than ever before. It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety."

Comments on 2020 VW Golf GTI MK8

JamesTypeR It looks better thank I expected but still not as nice as the current version 3 years ago
Please login to comment