• The VW Golf 8 GTI has a starting price of R669 300 in SA.
• Its turbo 2.0-litre engine produces 180kW and 370Nm.
• The pre-owned models listed on the Autotrader dealer classifieds are cheaper and faster the the Golf 8 GTI.
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Volkswagen finally launched its much-anticipated eighth-generation Golf GTI to South Africa, albeit much later than the rest of the world, amidst a flurry of excitement in the local petrolhead community.
The new model has a starting price of R669 300 and, where performance is concerned, continues to use the familiar turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with a maximum power output of 180kW and 370Nm.
Gone are the days when hot hatches used to retail around R200 000 mark, and even less before, with prices of brand-new performance offerings increasing dramatically over the last couple of decades.
New GTI or nah?
While most people dream of owning a brand-new whip, the pre-owned market serves as the silver lining. In this case, there are a number of hot hatches on the Autotrader dealer classifieds that are all faster than the 8 - including GTI and R siblings.
Would you rather splash the cash on a brand-new Golf GTI, or on an older but faster model? Email us, or share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Perhaps one of the surprises on the list is the presence and availability of the Toyota GR Yaris, with the automaker confirming all of its 190 units have already been sold.
Besides the examples listed below, the Hyundai i30 N and Audi RS 3 are worthy options too as slightly pricier alternatives. At the end of the day, it is all about budget and driver preference.
For those in the market for more power than the GTI's factory 180kW and 370Nm, there are some alternatives that trump the 8 in the performance department. The new GR Yaris delivers 195kW, for example, while the Honda makes 228kW.
If the latest model is not up your alley, here are some faster alternatives that could spark your interest that are for sale across the country.