VW to celebrate GTI's 35th birthday with new Edition
Published 11/05/2011 | 05:00
Volkswagen has revealed the Golf GTI Edition 35 ahead of its public debut at a tuning show next month.
The special edition model is intended to mark the 35th anniversary of the original Golf GTI's introduction, and like the Edition 30 launched in 2006, has been modified for the occasion. Power from the standard GTI's 2-litre turbocharged engine has been boosted to 232bhp, which puts it about on par with the Mk5 Edition 30 but some way behind the current Golf R at 266bhp.
However, the Edition 35 will have a significant weight advantage over the range-topping, all-wheel drive R model and Volkswagen will have almost certainly taken the opportunity to tweak the car's suspension for sharper handling.
Any performance gains will go hand in hand with a range of visual upgrades which include a revised front bumper and a new alloy wheel design. Model-specific badging should be prominent, with the door sills and bucket seats bearing the Edition 35 tag. Expect the golf-ball gear knob to return, too.
There's no confirmation on prices yet.