The Mk7 GTI Performance has officially landed in Australia.  Differentiating it from the standard GTI, the Performance includes the first electronically controlled mechanical locking front differential fitted to a front-wheel drive production car, upgraded brake discs measuring 340mm up front and 310mm in the rear, and engine output increased to 169kW (227hp). Aesthetic changes come in the way of 19-inch "Santiago" wheels, tinted glass, tinted LED tail lights as well as new seats featuring "Clark" tartan and Alcantara on the head rests and seat bolsters. The GTI Performance is only available with a six-speed DSG transmission.

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Golf GTI Performance launches with new front differential lock, upgraded brakes and additional standard features

Victoria, April 2014. The Golf GTI lineup in Australia is now complemented by a new, heightened performance model. Adding to the seventh generation Golf GTI’s impressive list of performance and comfort-based features, the Golf GTI Performance comes standard with unique visual and technical equipment, setting it apart from the standard version.

Extended performance features. On its exterior, the Golf GTI Performance differs from the standard GTI by its GTI logo on the front brake calipers. The brake package for the GTI Performance has been upgraded along with the increased engine output (169kW), the ventilated brakes discs are 28mm larger at 340mm, while the rear discs are now also ventilated and 10mm larger at 310mm in diameter. Technical features of the Golf GTI Performance also include a newly developed front differential lock.

Front differential lock. A newly engineered electronically controlled mechanical front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance. To date, Volkswagen is the only carmaker to utilize an electronically controlled differential lock in a front-wheel drive production model. Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance has a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to ESP, EDL and XDL functions. This makes it possible to avoid negative effects on steering handling or steering precision that otherwise occurs with mechanical locks. As a result, the system realises the full potential and maximum performance of a differential lock with regard to vehicle dynamics, ensuring comfort is not impaired.

Additional standard features. Adding a higher level of specification above the standard Golf GTI, the GTI Performance comes exclusively with a six-speed DSG transmission, and is instantly recognizable with a range of luxury and convenience features as standard. Bi-Xenon headlights, dark tinted LED tail lights, tinted glass and 19-inch “Santiago” alloy wheels give the GTI Performance’s exterior a sporty look, while the GTI Performance’s interior receives sports seats featuring the newly designed “Clark” tartan, with the addition of race-style Alcantara trim on the head rest and side bolsters, completing the nod to over 35 years of GTI history.