The 1.5-litre TSI Evo is now available as well.

Volkswagen introduced the mildly updated Golf range back in November 2016, but it’s only now the spicy GTI version is available in United Kingdom. Aside from the modest styling tweaks and upgraded technology shared with the lesser members of the family, the hot hatch in the more expensive Performance version has gained some extra VW muscle as the 2.0-litre TSI engine now develops 242hp and 273lb ft. Compared to the pre-facelift version, power is up by 15hp and 15lb ft.

No matter whether you go for the standard six-speed manual or the optional new seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, the Golf GTI Performance will need a swift 6.2 seconds to complete the 0-62mph run. Go all out and the manual will reach 155mph whereas its dual-clutch counterpart tops out at 154mph.

Bear in mind the upgraded version is not actually the most powerful Golf GTI ever made as VW also had the limited-run Clubsport S based on the pre-facelift model with 306hp and 280lb ft. That was enough punch to cover the sprint in 5.8 seconds and max out at 165mph. It was actually the fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the Nürburgring for several months, before being dethroned by the Honda Civic Type R.

Available on order in UK starting this week, the Golf GTI Performance kicks off from £29,280.

VW 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine

In related news, the group’s new 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine featuring cylinder deactivation technology can also be ordered in the 150hp flavour and with a choice of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG. The thriftier 130-hp BlueMotion version featuring an engine-off coasting function will arrive later in the summer.

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