• Volkswagen's eighth-generation Golf GTI will arrive in SA during the third quarter of 2021.
• The new model was spotted in the Cape Town CBD.
• Power comes a from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces 180kW and 370Nm.
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As launch time for Volkswagen's Golf 8 GTI moves closer, more and more models are coming out from under the woodwork - albeit unofficially.
This time, a model sporting one of the flagship Kings Red body colours was spotted (and pampered) by Wheels24 reader Carmenita Simpson during the shooting of an advertisement in Cape Town's CBD.
Earlier in April Wheels24 reported the very first model has already arrived in the country, and now we know why.
For those that might not have heard, its official launch has been delayed by a couple of months and will be released in South Africa during the third quarter of 2021.
Power comes courtesy of a seventh-generation-derived EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces 180kW and 370Nm. A seven-speed DSG transmission sends power to the front wheels, allowing it to run to the 0-100km/h mark in 6.4-seconds.
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Volkswagen South Africa says: "The new Golf GTI will be the first derivative which we will launch in the 8th generation Golf range – this is a first for VWSA.
"In the past, the GTI was launched few months after the entry derivatives. The new Golf GTI is one of the most anticipated Volkswagen model launches in a long while. The positive reports in the local media on the new Golf GTI have given us a good indication that it will be well received by our customers.
The Wolfsburg-based brand is having a stellar year so far with the arrival of the GTI, facelifted Tiguan, T6.1 Transporter range, in addition to the new Polo and Taigo SUV next year.