• The Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI was launched in SA in early August 2021.
• The car has always been a favorite with local buyers, making SA one of the most important GTI markets in the world.
• Calvin Fisher drives the new car to better understand what the hype is about.
• For more auto stories, visit Wheels24
After what feels like an eternity it is brand new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI debuted in South Africa. Driven by the same 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine (code name: EA888) as the previous Golf GTI, the car sends 180 kW and 370 Nm to the front wheels via the well-known seven-speed dual clutch transmission from VW.
The results are also tempting. From 0-100 km / h is cleared in 6.4 seconds, the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h. And if you think the front tires have too much power, don’t fret because the new GTI’s suspension – both front and rear – is a huge improvement over the seventh generation GTI.
Wheels24 contributor Calvin Fischer, who also took part in the local launch of the car in Cape Town, said this after a day with SA’s favorite hatch: “My thoughts on saying goodbye to the GTI? No surprises here, but a lot of fun and worth the entry price for a reasonable R670k.”
“It remains the figurehead for ‘evolution over revolution,’ but I appreciate that with this eighth coming they have hired at least one stylist to get their face right. This finally feels like a newer, more digital episode still offers analog thrills, is just a treat. “
To see what else Fisher thinks about the GTI, check out the full video above.
The Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI costs R669 300 (before options) and comes with a 3-year or 120,000 km guarantee and breakdown assistance, a 5-year or 90,000 km EasyDrive service plan and a 12-year corrosion protection guarantee as standard .
To see Fisher’s video of the GTI at its local launch, Click here. For more cool car videos from Calvin Fisher, visit his channel here.
I’m at the long-awaited start of the #newvwgolfgti @VolkswagenSA played it shyly, but Mzansi wants her vrrrpha! And they get it for R670k. Get to know the 2l TSI Mk8 Golf GTI with 180 kW / 370 Nm, paired with a 7-speed dual clutch DSG. This most digital GTI manages 0-100 in 6.4 seconds. pic.twitter.com/mk3Eu5kJ5r
– Calvin Fisher (@CalvinFisher_ZA) August 13, 2021