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Mk8 GTI to be revealed in March

GTIfan99

Autocross Newbie
Location
FL
The only things that would get me into a mk8 is if it's really 200 lbs lighter and they really do bring a 287 hp version to the US.

Other than that, I'm loving my mk7.5.
 

Carlosfandang0

Drag Racing Champion
Location
UK
Ride
2016 3Dr GTi DSG CSG
Probably the MK8 GTI TCR. Looks good with the exception of the wheels.
Apparently there will not be a TCR version due to VW's decision to leave the racing series as part of its plans to end all combustion-engined motorsport, there will be a club sport model by all accounts though but that would not traditionally be at first launch, I really don’t like those wheels, let’s hope there’s better options available! The wheels on the GTE at launch were far nicer than these.
 
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Carlosfandang0

Drag Racing Champion
Location
UK
Ride
2016 3Dr GTi DSG CSG
Do you have a source on that? Last i saw that was a rumor from before the mk8 was even released
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ElectricEye

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Central NJ
So much angst over the exterior styling of the Mk8. We see this with EVERY generation, then it comes out, and.. people generally like the new model. A lot. The homely Mk5 might be the one exception.

What is REALLY disturbing is the interior styling and what they've done with the tech. Virtually no conventional knobs/buttons, just a bunch of touch controls & sliders. REALLY bad decision, one that other automakers have tried, been derided for, then switched back to traditional controls after brutal consumer revolt. Apparently VW had this crap in development before the fit hit the shan and didn't bother to go back and revise it. This stuff will be almost universally hated - again - just watch.
Oh, I've got far more angst over the interior.
 

SRGTD

Go Kart Newbie
Location
UK
Apparently there will not be a TCR version due to VW's decision to leave the racing series as part of its plans to end all combustion-engined motorsport, there will be a club sport model by all accounts though but that would not traditionally be at first launch, I really don’t like those wheels, let’s hope there’s better options available! The wheels on the GTE at launch were far nicer than these.
The wheels are probably VW’s evolution of the standard 18” Parker / Milton Keynes alloys fitted to the mk7.5 GTI, so I’d expect those wheels to be the standard wheels for the mk8 GTI (both the higher and lower power output models). The black (lightly disguised) GTI undergoing testing in the pictures at the link below is wearing the same design of wheels, albeit the wheels on the test car aren’t diamond cut - but then some markets had a powder coated, rather than diamond cut version of the Austin alloys as the standard offering on the mk7 GTI.

No doubt there will be other wheels available for the mk8 GTI as extra cost options. Whether or not they’ll be better than the standard wheels.................

 

SRGTD

Go Kart Newbie
Location
UK
So much angst over the exterior styling of the Mk8. We see this with EVERY generation, then it comes out, and.. people generally like the new model. A lot. The homely Mk5 might be the one exception.

What is REALLY disturbing is the interior styling and what they've done with the tech. Virtually no conventional knobs/buttons, just a bunch of touch controls & sliders. REALLY bad decision, one that other automakers have tried, been derided for, then switched back to traditional controls after brutal consumer revolt. Apparently VW had this crap in development before the fit hit the shan and didn't bother to go back and revise it. This stuff will be almost universally hated - again - just watch.
Agree totally with this.

IMO an interior devoid of conventional buttons, switches or knobs to control/adjust basic functions such as lights and heating/ventilation and replace them with screens and touch pads is downright dangerous - especially if trying to use these controls while driving.

Touch pads and screens are probably cheaper for VW to use than conventional controls, as there aren’t any moving parts. Technophiles may love the clean, buttonless look , but it’s a step too far for me.
 

codypka

Go Kart Newbie
Location
New Jersey
That white car looks like a oval shaped exhaust tips, similar look to the Veloster N. But the other spy shots of the black car has circular tips like the MK7
 
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