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The last time we covered the Volkswagen GTI Edition 30, the info we had referred to the British model, and the only image we had was a photoshopped version of the prototype sporting new wheels. That's finally been rectified, as VW has released a full presskit with photos of the final car, along with a new release detailing the features. To recap briefly (you can catch up in full by reading the release after the jump) , the Edition 30 celebrates the 30th anniversary of the GTI and is an overseas-only affair. Under the hood is the 230-horsepower version of VW's 2.0L FSI engine (one extra pony for each year, get it?). Inside, the traditional plaid seats are bolstered with leather accents, the shifter gets a golf ball-style dimpled knob, and there's enough "Edition 30" badging to let others know that this is not the garden-variety GTI. This release also tells us that you can choose from black or silver wheels, which may or may not be the case with the UK version. Wanna see more? Check out the gallery after the jump.

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VOLKSWAGEN GTI EDITION 30:

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PRESS RELEASE:
"Happy Birthday, GTI!"
Golf GTI Edition 30 can be ordered immediately

- Increased performance: 2.0 Turbo FSI engine with 230 bhp
- 18" alloy wheels and gearshift lever in golf ball design
Wolfsburg, 14 November 2006 - It is the icon of compact fast cars: the Golf GTI. For its 30th birthday Volkswagen is now offering the special model Golf GTI Edition 30. The engine performance has been increased by 1 bhp for each year, meaning that the GTI Edition 30 has an output of 230 bhp.

The design study of the Golf GTI Edition 30 developed by Volkswagen Individual had its world premiere in May 2006 during the Golf Record Day in Gelsenkirchen. Since then enthusiasts from all over Europe have sent their compliments to Wolfsburg with a clear message: the vehicle must be built to those exact specifications!

The optical appearance of the study was, therefore, maintained; its main characteristic being the matt black 18" "Detroit" alloy wheels. At no further cost the customer can have the titan silver wheels "Rockingham", also in 18" format. Further features are the front and rear aprons and the side trims in the vehicle colour and also the cherry red rear lights. A further identification of this special edition can be seen in the Edition 30 lettering at the rear.

The interior has also been designed to celebrate the vehicle's anniversary: the leather elements of the top sports seats are combined with the classic GTI "Interlagos" checked design in the centre. Further elements are the red stitching on the three-spoke leather steering wheel, the gearshift lever gaiting and on the handbrake lever. Red Edition 30 lettering can be seen on the door sill and the deco strip ("brushed aluminium") above the glove compartment. Foot mats with red edges and, of course, the gearshift lever with the golf ball design fulfil all the birthday wishes of the loyal fans from all over Europe.

The Golf GTI Edition 30 costs 28,175 euro (manual gearbox), or 29,925 euro (double clutch gearbox DSG). The Volkswagen Bank has attractive financing packages on offer. For example, the anniversary GTI can be purchased for a monthly payment starting at 247 euro using the so-called three way financing package "AutoCredit" over a period of 48 months with an APR of 1.9 percent and a down payment of 20 percent.


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