A report in Automobile journal says Volkswagen will add one other efficiency mannequin to the Mk8 Golf lineup. Known as the GTI Cup, it might be an everyday manufacturing model of the limited-edition GTI TCR not too long ago introduced for Europe. Slotting between the GTI and the Golf R, the GTI Cup would marshal the identical 286 horsepower and 273 pound-feet because the GTI TCR and be, in accordance with Automobile, “the sportiest Golf by a transparent margin.”
An aero equipment over a lowered journey top, large wheels and brakes, and a diff lock would try to show the declare. As with the restricted Mk7 mannequin, patrons may pay to have the top-speed-limiting chip eliminated. Nevertheless, as an alternative of solely getting an additional seven miles per hour, for a 162-mph prime velocity, an unrestricted Mk8 GTI Cup would run to 166 mph.
It is mentioned the middle-brother sizzling hatch will substitute the Efficiency Package deal out there on the European Golf, which makes 245 hp and 273 lb-ft. The U.S. final obtained a GTI Efficiency Package deal in 2017, however horsepower did not change from the 220 hp of the usual trim. For the reason that the stronger Efficiency Package deal and its mannequin substitute have been Euro-only affairs up to now, we query whether or not the GTI Cup will make it to our shores. We might additionally count on VW to de-content the GTI Cup some with a view to obtain a friendlier MSRP. Within the UK, the limited-run GTI TCR prices Four,610 British kilos greater than the most costly Golf R.
Beneath the brand new entrant, the common GTI’s 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder would produce 232 hp, a Four-hp bump over the present GTI. On the prime, the all-wheel drive Golf R may produce 328 hp and 295 lb-ft, a 40-hp and 15 lb-ft leap over the present mannequin. We’ll simply have to attend and see how these specs translate from Europe to America.