VW doesn’t wait for anything, and simultaneously with the premiere of the facelifted “civilian” version, it also presents a sports model.

The revival of the eight-cylinder Golf also affected the traditional GTI. In terms of design, the sharp version continues with the honeycomb motif in the lower part of the front bumper, but its lower part has been slightly changed with the protrusions pointing upwards. The newly shaped headlights are connected by a traditional red line. From the rear, we can admire the new graphics of the lights and the chrome exhaust tips on both sides. At base, the GTI rides on 17-inch Richmond wheels.

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Inside, there are sports seats with pronounced side guides, various upholstery elements have red stitching or edging. For the first time ever, you can officially order genuine carbon trim for the GTI. Perhaps more important and much more interesting news is the return of the classic buttons on the steering wheel, which replace the hated touchpads. Volkswagen has also heard criticism about the volume and temperature touch controls below the infotainment display, this is now backlit and should be more responsive to instructions.

As the top version, the Golf GTI gets the largest possible Discover infotainment system with a 32.8 cm (12.9 inch) screen, working with the new MIB4 “guts”. It boasts individually configurable bars in the lower and upper parts, a new menu structure and supposedly higher speed. We’ll see. The GTI also has a virtual cockpit with specific graphics as standard.

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In terms of performance, the sharp version has slightly improved. It is still powered by the blown four-cylinder two-liter EA888, but now it offers 195 kW instead of 180 kW. That’s less than the limited edition GTI Clubsport with 221 kW, but VW is obviously keeping some margin for potential special models.

However, a significant change is the elimination of the six-speed manual transmission from the offer – the sporty version after the facelift will only be available with a seven-speed DSG.