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Volkswagen Golf VI GTI officially unveiled

The Golf VI hasn’t even debuted yet and Volkswagen has allready announced that the Paris Motor Show will also mark the debut of the Golf VI GTI.

The new Golf GTI will be powered by the 2.0 liter four cylinder TSI engine from its ‘almost-twin’ brother, the Scirocco, which delivers 207 hp (10 hp more than the current generation). The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is made in 7.2 seconds, the top speed is 148 mph (238 km/h), the combined fuel consumption is 37.6 mpg, and CO2 emissions level is 178 g/km.

The exterior styling features the front red grille, new headlights with individual lamp pods, more subtle side skirts, smoked rear light lenses, new rear diffuser and a pair of chrome tailpipes, plus the distinctive GTI 18-inch wheels finished in milled silver with gloss black inserts. Of course, the interior also became more sporty.

According to VW, the GTI production will start in spring 2009 and UK sales are expected to start in early summer, with prices and specifications announced closer to this date. What I really don’t get is the purpose of this car? I mean, after releasing the Scirocco, why still keep the GTI? Only because it has a long history? They have the same engine, they look almost the same, doesn’t it mean that basically they’re the same car?

Check out more photos after the jump.

Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Golf VI GTI