Highly anticipated by Vee Dub enthusiasts everywhere, the next-generation Volkswagen GTI has finally made what appears to be its officially unofficial debut in a new series of leaked images. In keeping with GTI tradition, aside from a lowered suspension and a slightly wider, brawnier stance, the GTI’s exterior architecture differs very little from the previous generation. While we can’t verify anything as fact quite yet, rumors hint that the GTI will be powered by new 2.0L turbo, capable of producing 210-horsepower and 258lb-ft of torque. What we can verify is that the new GTI’s mystery engine will be optionally mated with either a 6-speed manual shifter or VW’s famed 6-speed DSG transmission, and will most likely come equipped with both DCC adaptive damping and an XDS electronic differential. Preliminary specs estimate the new GTI will make the smooth sail from 0-62 mph in 7.2 seconds and feature an electronically-limited top speed of 150 mph.
Although there is no current timetable for a North American introduction, the VW GTI will hit European dealer lots in mid-2009 as a 2010MY vehicle. Details confirming the new GTI’s performance specs, prices, options, etc., will be released in a few months following the GTI’s initial (official) unveiling.