And it is brand new. This new GTI sits on the spangly new Mk VII platform; a platform that consists of many Lego-spec parts that can be rearranged to make up to 10 million VW Group models in the coming years.
To this Mk VII chassis - or Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) - Volkswagen has bolted on a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine that is such a teacher’s pet, it already conforms to the EU-6 emission standards that come into place next year. Apple polisher.
But you don’t care about emissions as much as you care about poweeerrr. To this end, the ‘standard’ new VW Golf GTI produces 217bhp and 258lb ft of torque, which is sufficient to propel the GTI’s 1,351kg heft from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds (a tenth quicker than before) and on to a top speed of 152mph.
When the VW Passat CC debuted in 2008, it was jokingly referred to as the “poor
man’s person’s CLS” due to it’s sexy but height restricting roofline.
But it was also a rather good car and perhaps what the original Passat should have been.
Well now VW wants you to drop the “poor persons” bit and consider the updated CC “luxury class”:
The front and rear of the new non-Passat CC has minor styling tweaks, and VW claims it’s now nearer the “automotive luxury class”. There’s also bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights and a new LED rear headlight system as standard.
VW has also fitted it with stainless steel sill plates, safety head restraints and - somewhat tellingly - fatigue detection. Can’t imagine why…
In the words of Kanye West, perhaps the CC is now the ‘other other other’ Benz.
This is “Nils”, Volkswagen’s fully electric, lightweight “go-kart” concept. It’s a single seat vehicle that you sit in like, well, a go-kart or a Formula-1 race car:
Volkswagen has announced that it will showcase this little EV concept dubbed ‘Nils’ at the Frankfurt motor show. It is posited as a solution to the hordes of German commuters making journeys of around 15 miles. As such, the Nils gets a 20bhp electric motor (with a peak 34bhp) powered by a lithium-ion battery, enabling a zero-emission drive of up to 40 miles, a 0-62mph time of under 11 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.
It’s part VW Up and part Minority Report. So what do you think? Would you drive one of these for short commutes?
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