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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-22-2018, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Changes coming to the '19 GTI

VW Australia has indicated that they will be upping the ante with the new GTI, but with a catch. All Australian GTI will have 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque which is up from 169kW/350Nm. This new engine will me matched to a 7 speed wet clutch DSG automatic, which is now standard. The new model will also feature a front differential and ventilated front and rear disc brakes from the Golf R. It looks like the new GTI will not be offered with a 6 speed manual, which isn't all that surprising considering sales are around 1 in 10.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-22-2018, 12:00 PM
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Also heard the Australia spec GTI may not get a manual transmission, though VW hasn't come out and say it. Motoring thinks the Golf GTI’s six-speed manual transmission will be cut out because only 1 in 10 regular GTI sales is a manual model.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 11:14 AM
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Glad to see that the GTI will be getting a slight performance boost, but hopefully the removal of the manual gearbox doesn't mean a higher base price. Certainly does seem like there is going to be any shortage of performance trims with all the rumours of a TCR variant as well. That's probably where VW will offer a 6 speed.
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Well the 7 speed DSG should also help with fuel economy, and I'm sure another reason why we're seeing the manual gearbox removed. I'm sure Honda isn't seeing that many manual gearbox's on the new Accord, but that doesn't seem to be changing their stance on offering it.
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And not only is Honda offering a manual gearbox, but its also available on any trim level. Most of the time we see a manual transmission, its restricted to the base line trim. And that's probably what we'll see with the Golf as well. VW has already indicated a manual gearbox will be offered on the '19 Jetta S.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 03:19 PM
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That's just the higher trim, so the entry level models won't be offered with manual unless VW gives it to us later on as a trim that's even cheaper than an entry-velvet model, just to draw us in.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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The Jetta S is the base trim, which is poor naming if you ask me. And there is no way they would remove the manual from the GTI, if they didn't have the intention of offering it elsewhere in the trim levels.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-29-2018, 04:40 PM
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well it does help that VW Group is normalizing the lack of manuals in high performing vehicles with Audi, only a matter of time till that happens to the GTI. Its just that here, there's more risk to chopping manual right away.
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Well with Volkswagens transition to their ID lineup, everything will be single gear anyways. I do know there are some one off electric conversions that offer simulated gear changes though.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-31-2018, 04:16 PM
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I like what Lexus is doing with their CVT's, including a lower gear for better off the line power. As long as car makers apply that idea and not so much the execution these systems will flourish.
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