First off, you should know that this car makes use of Volkswagens new MQB, which is supposed to essentially trim weight, and make sure that VW makes more money on every car it sells by eliminating waste and reducing development time from sharing parts and mechanicals. This is will apply to the new GTI, and VW has realized it had better do something quick, because rivals like the Renault Megane RS, Opel Astra OPC (or its Vauxhaul sibling) are now both quicker and more powerful.
The German defensive? A revised 2.0 engine that is said to be re-tuned to produce 260 bhp and coupled with an electronic differential. In reality however, it’s more likely the car will only produce 220 bhp. According to VW the car will also be around 30 mm lower, and its wheelbase will be 50 mm longer in efforts to handle better.
What does this mean at the end of the day? The Megane RS and Astra OPC will do naught to 60 in 6 seconds, while the GTI makes do in 6.7. Que awkward silence.