• Mar 26th 2011 at 12:37PM
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Volkswagen Golf GTI35.com – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's not unusual for an automaker to roll out a special anniversary model when the brand or a specific model celebrates a milestone. This Volkswagen doesn't come from Wolfsburg itself, though. Instead, an independent outfit bent on marking the 35th birthday of the Volkswagen Golf GTI is behind the effort.

Partnering with German tuning house Wunschel Sport, the website GTI35.com has outfitted the hopped-up Golf with a 50-horse boost to 260 hp, a body kit, lowered suspension, and 19-inch OZ Quaranta wheels on low-profile rubber. The result is a claimed half-second off the 0-100 km/h (62mph) sprint, now down to 6.4 seconds (as equipped with the DSG) and a top speed of 255 km/h (158 mph).

The titanium-colored aftermarket special also wears decals emulating a racing number, which is repeated on the keychain, parking sign and t-shirt that come along with the €32,800 package, which is also available as individual components. Follow the jump for the press release and check out the high-resolution images in the gallery below.

[Source: GTI35.com]
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35 Years of Thunder: VW Golf GTI 1976 - 2011
The Special Model from GTI35.com with 260 hp / 191 kW, 360 Nm,
255 km/h Top Speed, 19-Inch OZ Wheels and Exclusive Equipment

Most legends have one big drawback: They normally are long dead. But one automotive legend turns 35 this year and is as alive and well as ever: the VW Golf GTI! To celebrate this anniversary GTI35.com has designed an exclusive titanium-colored special model based on the current sixth generation of the GTI. The German tuning experts from WUNSCHEL SPORT equip this car with a performance-tuned engine with 260 hp / 191 kW of power and a peak torque of 360 Nm. Custom-tailored 19-inch OZ Racing Quaranta wheels and a ride-height lowering calibrated to the high-performance tires further contribute to the improved driving dynamics. A thrilling GTI35.com outfit with a racing-look decor kit, lightweight aluminum key chain, GTI35.com parking sign and a GTI35.com T-shirt and dog-tag for the driver rounds out the special model. The two- or four-door edition car starts at EUR 32,800 (including 19% VAT in Germany). More information is available at www.GTI35.com.

The first VW Golf GTI invented the class of sporty compact cars in 1976. Today, 35 years later, the sixth generation still sets the class standards. For the anniversary there now is an exclusive special model from GTI35.com, for which WUNSCHEL SPORT served as highly competent tuning partner.

Because power is not a sin, particularly in a GTI, the professionals from Röslau in Bavaria add another 50 horsepower to the power output of the four-cylinder turbo engine. A newly calibrated engine management system bumps power output of the direct-injection engine from standard 210 hp / 154 kW to 260 hp / 191 kW at 5,700 rpm. Simultaneously peak torque jumps from 280 Nm to 360 Nm, available on a plateau between 2,600 and 5,100 rpm.

Driving performance benefits accordingly: With a sprint time from 0 - 100 km/h of 6.4 seconds the GTI35.com speedster with six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission bests its production brethren by approximately half a second. Top speed increases to 255 km/h. This means the anniversary model is not just some 15 km/h faster than the production car; it also shames much more expensive sports cars and luxury sedans.

GTI35.com emphasizes not only speed but also more driving fun through even more agile handling. Formula 1 supplier OZ Racing contributes its brand-new Quaranta wheel in size 8.5Jx19. With this alloy wheel the Italian manufacturer celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011. These wheels are mounted with size 235/35 ZR 19 high-performance tires and make perfect use of the available space in the wheel wells.

The OZ wheel is also the perfect visual fit for this car thanks to its especially innovative styling featuring an offset combination of five-spoke and cross-spoke designs. It is painted exactly the same titanium shade as the exterior of the GTI. The precisely matched color scheme is rounded out perfectly with titanium-colored body parts such as the inner sections of front and rear spoiler and the rocker panel trim, which are matte black on the production car.

A lower center of gravity, high-performance tires and a wider track all contribute to improved driving dynamics. The WUNSCHEL SPORT springs are calibrated to the production shocks and lower the ride height of the special model from GTI35.com by some 25 millimeters.

In addition to the king-size OZ wheels the GTI35.com is further distinguished by a décor with a true racing look that further increases the eye-catcher effect of this exclusive special model. The starting-number design featuring the number 35 on the hood, doors and liftgate commemorates three-and-a-half decades of the Golf GTI.

Other special-edition features are the GTI35.com lightweight aluminum key chain and the GTI35.com parking sign that reserves the parking space for this unique automobile at home. The owner of this car also receives a high-quality GTI35.com T-shirt and a GTI35.com dog-tag.

The special model from GTI35.com is sold as a complete car starting at EUR 32,800 (including 19% VAT in Germany). All tuning components and the GTI35.com accessories are also available separately. To find out where to purchase, please visit www.GTI35.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love my MK6 GTI, hate what they have done to that one, it does nothing to compliment the GTI.

      Happy anniversary, hatched-hooligan!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those wheels look like the cast snow-flake wheels on older BMW air-cooled boxer motorcycles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, why can't the Big 3 build "hot hatches" to compete with the likes of VW, Mazda, and other import makes?

      Don't get me wrong, I like Corvettes and Camaros, but I am just wondering why, for instance GM could not give the Cruze Saturn Astra this kind of attention.

      Currently, the Focus is the only thing that comes close, but leaves some to be desired imho because 2 door you can get comes as a sedan, while only the entry level model is offered with a stick.

      I think if the Big 3 would get past the line of thinking that small hatch means "affordable appliance", they would be taken more seriously by import fans. The quality seems to be there, now it is time to step it up and add excitement to the equation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are. Look for the FOCUS ST Ecoboost. It's coming this fall or next spring. :)
        Ford is still on a roll!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I seriously hoe there's some kind of typo in that article, because Motor Trend shows the bone stock GTI hitting 60 in 5.8 seconds. I would seriously hope that the extra 50 horses would improve acceleration, as opposed to making it slower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't be sure with those 19s though haha.. There was an article, possibly in C&D, that compared acceleration times with a Golf and various-sized rims... 17s were the sweet spot, while 18s and 19s slowed the car down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With 20k old stock 17" a/s and a horrible launch on sandy ground, AND forgetting to turn my T/C off... I had no problem getting a 6.7s 0-60 time (was testing out my p3cars combo gauge). So I damn well hope they hit 6.4s! I see no problem breaking 6 seconds with good pavement and good summer tires, even at stock power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      who need a ford 3.5 ecoboost crap car, if a simple VW has a about 38m/h higher topspeed, with much less engine.
        • 4 Years Ago

        i don't call that good american engineering, but more like greed!
        a 2.0 4 cyl could do the same job.
        what the point of having a 35+hp powered car, if you limit it to 120 m/h.

        read my words, GREED and Shame to feel inferior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh look who's back with his anti-American BS. He's even comparing apples to oranges.

        Yeah, let's compare a TUNED 2.0L non-direct injected turbo 4 to a 3.5L direct injected twin turbo V6 with almost 2 times the horsepower. How about we take the same modifications to this engine and put them into the 3.5L EcoBoost? Guess who wins then? Oh and the EcoBoost 2.0 has more power than the GTI's old and tired engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both of you performance car bashers are on the wrong site? Try and see if theres a haterblog.com or toolbagblog.com ?

        And btw, fool, Ummm 2.0 turbo is directly injected.
        That's what FSI AND TSI MEAN. Before you defend good German engineering by bashing good US American engineering, try KNOWING SOMETHING. jeez.
        Both your rights' to opine should be withdrawn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know if you've heard of them but there are these advanced theoretical concepts called acceleration, torque,
        as well as minimizing its compromise of fuel efficiency....

        • 4 Years Ago
        Uhh, not to feed the fire, but the 2.0T in the GTi is anything but tired and old. The engine is notorious for being detuned from the factory and will pick up huge gains from simple bolt-ons. And in some models, the engine actually makes much more than the EcoBoost 4.

        Not saying that's a bad engine, because it isn't. It and especially the 3.5 Ecoboost are great engines w/ huge tuning potential.

        No need to downplay any of the three. Unles you're just a biased fanboy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or i meant "Before you defend good US American engineering by bashing good German engineering", but either way my point is valid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For 260hp why does that 0-60 time seem so low? Shouldn't it be in the high 5 sec?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It should. The stock car is in the low 6's or high 5's with summer rubber. Something ain't right there...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Ford are listening to this; all their anniversary cars had nothing but an emblem and I think exclusive colors
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, and they were built by the factory. This was tuned by a GTI enthusiast website that had no help from VW.

        Also, please don't go after just Ford. GM did it with the 4th generation Camaro/Firebird when their 35th anniversaries rolled around. But guess what? They were only badge packages with different wheels. There's many more, but I think you get the picture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ah, thanks for pointing that out - i knew something looked fishy by the amount of goodies this package was offering, merch n all that. automakers aren't usually that generous
      • 4 Years Ago
      To all the tuners with no taste destroying perfectly good-looking Porsches and Ferraris with your gaudy ass body kits and eyeball searing paint schemes, please take a look at what these guys have done with this car.

      Looks fantastic while not going over the top.

      I especially love those rims.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Those headlights are awful though. At least they could've started with the GTI that has factory bi-xenons (that look awesome) instead of swapping in these awful aftermarket projectors.
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