Late last year, VW introduced the GTI, which is the hot hatch version of the Polo. When the company launched the vehicle, it had a price tag of Rs 26 lakhs, ex-showroom, something which most people found to be on the higher side. The company imported 99 units and said that it would be limited to only 99 units, each having a badge showing which serial number it was. The company has now dropped prices by upto Rs 6 lakhs, in a bid to clear stocks of the vehicle, according to a report by Team Bhp.
The GTI badge is a legendary one that started with the Golf GTI way back in the 1970’s. This was the ultimate hot hatch at that time and people who have driven the car still love it for what it offered back in the day.
Powering the GTi is the same 1.8 liter TSI turbo petrol unit from the group which produces 188 Bhp and 250 Nm. Since the engine comes mated to a 7 speed DSG in India, and not the 6 speed manual (offered as an option internationally), the torque figures are limited. The car does 0-100 in 7.2 seconds and has a top speed of 233 kmph.
The GTi only comes in the 3-door variant which means a cooler and sportier look. The car features full LED headlamps with DRLs. There is a new new honeycomb grill with a red highlight which extends all the way into the headlamps, a signature feature of the GTi. The car also has a more aggressive front bumper.
At the rear, there is a black tint on the tail lamp cluster to make it look better and there is a dual exhaust tip as well. Globally, there are only 4 colour options on offer – red, white, silver and black. The blue doesn’t come our way though. The Indian spec car has to make do with smaller 16″ alloys as standard, but there is an option to opt for 17″ ones.
On the inside, the first thing that you will notice is the GTi steering which is lovely to hold. It not only looks great but also has great bolstering. And of course, it has the much required paddle shifters. The seats are finished in the typical GTi cloth upholstery as opposed to leather.
If you were in the market for a hot hatch, this is certainly a good deal. Here is our review: GTI