Watch The 2021 VW Golf GTI Sprint To 153 MPH

The Mk8 Golf GTI boasts some serious numbers, as shown in an official release this year. Volkswagen’s hot hatch is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 242 horsepower (180 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque. Those numbers are transferred to the front wheels through a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic, available in all trim levels.

Better yet, VW has confirmed that the eighth-generation Golf GTI will hit U.S. showrooms by the third quarter of 2021 for the 2022 model year, with the hotter Golf R.

To fuel your excitement about the new German hot hatch even more, here’s an acceleration test video from Automann-TV. The test was carried out in the unrestricted section of the highway. Based on the video, the Golf GTI was able to time in 6.3 seconds in its sprint from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). On the same run, the tester on the video was able to go from 62 mph (100 km / h) to 124 mph (200 km / h) in 15.5 seconds.

VW did not disclose the top speed of the Golf GTI in its official version, but the test above recorded 247 km / h (153 mph) on the car’s speedometer.

It should be noted that these figures are not far from the outgoing models of the Golf GTI Performance. The official rating of the Mk7 Golf GTI Performance with the automatic slushbox is 6.2 seconds for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) run, while the top speed is electronically regulated at 154 mph (248 km / h ).

While the real-world sprint in the embedded video to the top failed to reach these numbers, it’s important to consider that there are several factors that could have affected the results.

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