The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI is still more than a year away from arriving, but there is plenty to get excited about for the eighth generation of the hot hatch.

1. The base model Golf and the three-door Golf are not coming back to the U.S., for now. The GTI and performance-tuned Golf R will be the only models sold here, both as 2022 models with five doors (including the rear hatch).

2. The 2022 Golf GTI will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 242 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which are improvements of 14 hp and 15 lb-ft over the current generation. A 6-speed manual with golf-ball shifter returns as standard equipment, while a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be available.

3. The new body is lower, longer, and has better aerodynamics. Combine that with a revised independent suspension with adjustable dampers and stiffer springs, and…

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