Volkswagen: Manual transmission for GTI and Golf R gone after 2024
One more shift-for-yourself opportunity bites the dust: A manual transmission in the Golf GTI and Golf R ends with the 2024 model, Volkswagen confirmed today.
The information was inherent to VW’s announcement of the 2024 Golf GTI 380, a special equipment set standard on every 2024 manual-transmission GTI. “Available exclusively in the North American market, this special-edition build combination celebrates the heritage of the manual transmission in VW’s hot hatches during the final year of three-pedal production for Golf GTI and Golf R.”
“The GTI 380 conveys our appreciation for the enthusiasts who have continually demonstrated their love for the manual-equipped GTI for over four decades,” said Petar Danilovic, Senior Vice-President of Product Marketing and Strategy for Volkswagen of America. Take rate for the GTI’s manual has been about 40 percent, but VW has earmarked 50 percent for this final year.
The “380” name comes from the Mk8’s (eighth generation) internal model code. It’s a nod to the fourth-generation GTI 337 special edition, sold in 2002, which borrowed the internal model code from the Mk1 GTI.
In the same spirit, the GTI 380 incorporates design and performance-enhancing elements and pairs them with an exclusive color to every manual-transmission trim for 2024—S, SE and Autobahn. “Enthusiasts will appreciate standard DCC adaptive damping system and multi-spoke gloss black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels from the Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition shod with summer performance tires.”
A gloss black roof pairs with gloss black mirror caps, and there’s the classic red exterior detailing of GTI. Colors for the 2024 Golf GTI include Deep Black Pearl, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, Moonstone Gray, and Opal White Pearl, along with Graphite Gray Metallic, which is exclusive to the GTI 380.
Inside, the GTI 380 pays homage to the history of GTI with a golf-ball “inspired” manual shift knob—present on past generations of GTI—and honeycomb accents. S and SE trims feature classic plaid cloth seats; leather seating surfaces come standard for the Autobahn trim and are optional on the SE trim.
As with the rest of the 2024 Golf GTI lineup, GTI 380 trims are powered by a turbocharged EA888 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. While this model is the last Golf GTI to be offered with a six-speed manual, the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission will carry forward on future GTI models and on the 315-horse Golf R. The manual in the Golf R also has a year left until a facelifted car comes out later in 2024.
North America was the only region to get a manual option in the Golf R, and VW previously told Hagerty that getting a clutch pedal approved for this market was “a big fight.”
Sales of the Mk8 GTI (launched for 2022) have been slightly down compared with the outgoing Mk7, though that’s more a problem of supply than demand, VW rep Mark Gillies says.
The 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI 380 goes on sale in early Fall 2023, with a starting MSRP of $32,485 for the GTI 380 S, $37,285 for the GTI 380 SE, and $40,625 for the GTI 380 Autobahn. That doesn’t include shipping, which is $1150.