Three-Pedal GTI Going Away Down Under

Volkswagen is upping performance but dropping a pedal for Australia’s 2019 Golf GTI.

The Performance Edition will now be the standard GTI down under for 2019. That means the 241 hp model, not the 226 hp base car, which is being dropped for emissions reasons. The Performance Edition also gets an electro-mechanical front diff, as well as front and rear brakes from the Golf R.

But what it loses is a six-speed manual. Sent to the bin, replaced by a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch box. It drops...

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