If you were hoping for a return of a three-pedal Volkswagen Golf GTI to our shores, we have some bad news.
It’ll arrive in May 2021, about a week after the regular Mk8 range.
The dual-clutch transmission is connected to Volkswagen’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque.
Though it won’t be offered here, the six-speed manual will continue in markets like Europe and the US.
“There is no interest in a manual GTI. The last such variant was dropped in 2018 with sales of some 5 per cent of GTI volume,” said a spokesperson from Volkswagen Australia.
That year, both the GTI and the Golf R lost their available manual transmissions.
Though the share of manual GTIs was paltry at the end, many hot hatches retain a three-pedal option.
The Honda Civic Type R is exclusively available with a manual transmission, while the Hyundai i30 N has been manual-only since its launch. It’ll pick up a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission early next year.
A new Octavia RS hatch and wagon launch early next year and will continue to solely offer a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s mated to the same turbocharged four as in the Golf GTI.