Wednesday, October 20, 2021
News All-New MK8 Volkswagen Golf GTI Will Be The Best-Driving Ever

All-New MK8 Volkswagen Golf GTI Will Be The Best-Driving Ever

As the GTI will be the only other Golf offered in North America, Volkswagen’s making it the best GTI ever


  • The GTI will be delivered with a standard torque-sensing limited-slip differential.

  • The new GTI will offer improved driving dynamics.


It’s almost difficult to believe that Volkswagen will be making the new Golf GTI an even more involving and dynamically focused hot-hatch than the outgoing model. The current MK7.5 Golf GTI is one of the most entertaining and effective FWD but based on VW, the MK8 will be even more determined to crush apexes and fly out of corners.

The all-new 2022 Volkswagen GTI’s chassis will be tuned to perfection. The front axle gets new wishbone bearings, reconfigured springs (5% stiffer than MK7), and buffer stops, a new more rigid aluminum subframe that is nearly 7 pounds lighter than the previous one. The rear multilink gets  similar modifications including spring rates that have increased by 15%

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Volkswagen’s Vehicle Dynamics Manager (the driving dynamics control system) integrates the electronic stability control (ESC) with the electronic differential locks (XDS) and the optional DCC (adaptive chassis control). The various drive modes will directly impact the driving experience, from comfortable cruiser to track-focused handling and speed.

“The Golf GTI has always been synonymous with pure driving dynamics,” says Karsten Schebsdat, Volkswagen’s Head of Driving Dynamics, Steering, and Control Systems. “Few other vehicles in this category offer a similarly finely tuned balance between sportiness and comfort. Thanks to the combination of new running gear setup plus torque-sensing limited-slip differential (VAQ) and Vehicle Dynamics Manager we were able to elevate the outstanding overall performance of the GTI to an even higher level.”

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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