First glimpse at the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept

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The new 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept is set to debut this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and today the company has just lifted the cover of this hatchback on the Internet. The freshly design of the 2013 Volkswagen GTI  is a follow up of the new Mark VII Golf.

The 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept is basically a near-production model, which will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing about 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; that is plenty power for this light hatchback.  The engine can either be mated to a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch gearbox. In addition, if you want a little more power, you can opt for a performance package that boosts power output to 227 hp.

Performance wise, the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 153 mph in the standard model, while the performance package model can sprint in about 6.5 seconds along with a top speed of 155 mph.

At a glance of the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept, it’s hard to tell apart from the current VW GTI model. We still do see most of the tradition GTI features in this model, including black grille with red pinstriping, however, the concept extends the red line across to the headlights. To give a bit of a difference, VW also added new gills as part of the lower front valence.

As for the interior of the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept, it is greeted with the same plaid interior that found in the current model. There are a few differences such as a new touchscreen navigation, push-button start, and red stitching on the steering wheel and shift boot.

For more visual details of the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Concept, check out the above.