Volkswagen is marking the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI with a special edition model. Set to arrive on Australian shores in June this year, the Golf GTI 40 Years edition will be available in limited numbers and offers more power and a boost in equipment over the standard GTI.
The Golf GTI 40 Years is the most powerful production GTI to date, with an engine output lifted to 195kW – a whopping 33kW more than the standard GTI and 26kW more than the GTI Performance variant. A new boost function gives the special edition GTI a further power-up to 213kW, and also provides 380Nm of torque upon full ‘kick down’ of the acceleration for around 10 seconds each time.
Incorporating some of the best technical features of the Golf GTI Performance model, the 40 Years edition includes larger brakes, electronically controlled mechanical front differential lock, 19” alloy wheels with a unique design, and adaptive chassis control.
A unique and purposeful styling treatment simultaneously upholds the Golf GTI’s legacy and sets the 40 Year model apart. A bespoke body kit including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a two-piece rear roof spoiler which not only gives the GTI an aggressive stance on the road but also increases downforce. Elsewhere, a black side stripe on the body and the choice of a traditional tornado red and pure white paint exterior pay tribute to the original GTI.
The interior conveys a premium sport quality, with unique anniversary ‘honeycomb’ seat upholstery (featuring the GTI logo) and decorative inlays as well as an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and door trim inserts.
Other specification highlights include:
- Choice of gloss paint finishes with a contrasting black roof or Metallic paint finish
- Black door mirrors
- Revised rear bumper with new diffusor
- Large diameter exhaust tailpipes, left and right
- Darkened LED tail lights, reminiscent of the Golf R
- Extended side sills
- Traditional GTI-themed red stitching on wheel, seat belts and floor mats
- Front door sill strips with new GTI emblem
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB)
- Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
The Golf GTI 40 Years edition adds a retail price premium of $2,500 to the Golf GTI Performance model, arriving at $48,990 excluding on-roads. The Golf GTI 40 Years will initially be available with 6-speed DSG transmission as standard. The only option available is a panoramic electric glass sunroof for $1,850.