I've read that it will be early-mid 2014 before it goes on sale in North America as the new model will be built in Mexico.
Boo that was always one of the perks of the GTI over a regular Golf to me. Made in Germany not USA or Mexico. I reember when I got my first car in 1988 it was an 83 GLI and at the time the GTIs and all the other Rabbit/Jetta were made in the US I believe but mine had German on the under hood stickers and was made in Germany. I always thought that the fit and finish on My GLI was much better than my buddies GTI.
Its really not much of a power boost. 217 HP...the current 2.0 T in the A4 is rated at 211. A 500 reflash will take you beyond the 227 of the performance version to 232. A little tweak to the boost software and its making a bit more power and I think its pretty proven that with the Revo stage 1 its well within the limits of the engine to be making 230 hp. Its not like its tuned to the ragged edge at that level. They did make it lighter so that's a plus but really this is more of an evolution.
I love GTIs but the price has crept upwards so much that its really not on the list anymore.