Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 35 Edition

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The Volkswagen GTI is the king of the hot hatches. Sure, there are more powerful, better-driving cars in the segment, but Volkswagen's hot Golf kicked off this niche of flingable sport compacts back in the mid-1970s, and it's quickly grown to become one of our favorite vehicle classes. When it comes to fun per dollar, you just can't beat a hot hatch.

To celebrate the 35th birthday of the Golf GTI, Volkswagen has created this, the 35 Edition, which goes on sale in Germany this week. Visually, the 35 Edition is set apart by a unique front bumper, special wheels, and '35' badging on the door sills and seats. The most important upgrade, however, is the substantial boost in power over the normal GTI – 25 horsepower – for a grand total of 235 hp.

Volkswagen hasn't said a word about availability here in the United States just yet, but we're keeping our fingers crossed. The Golf GTI 35 Edition makes its official debut at the infamous GTI Meet in Wörthersee, Germany, on June 1st. Follow the jump for VW's (translated) press release.
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35 years Golf GTI: Volkswagen celebrates with anniversary model

Even more driving pleasure: increased power to 235 hp

Presale starts: Special model available from € 30 425


Wolfsburg, 09 May 2011 - The 35th Anniversary of the Golf GTI, Volkswagen is to achieve for the occasion, an anniversary model of the ordinary. The special model is available from the 12th May, under the label "Edition 35" in Germany ordered.

The now 35 - year track record of the sporty Volkswagen since the debut of the first Golf GTI in 1976 continues unabated. The GTI has long been a cult object and established as an independent brand. Large GTI birthdays have been celebrated since time immemorial with exclusive special models. This tradition is now with the Volkswagen Golf GTI Ed. 35 continued: The coordinated design approach combines classical elements with the GTI Edition 35, created specially for the features. Not only are the front bumper shine with a new design, the exterior and the interior features points to the exclusivity of this special edition. The text "35" is found next to the fender on the door sills, the head restraints and center seat again. The detail-loving approach is also with the high-quality metal key ring crowned in action design. Promises addition to individual artefacts, compared with the production model increased output from 210 to 235 hp even more driving fun.

World premiere of the Golf GTI Ed. 35 at the legendary GTI Meet 1 to 4 June at the Wörthersee. Here, the Volkswagen presented alongside other well-known models like the GTI Anniversary Edition 20 and the 30th Edition Both old GTI repeat buyers as well as for those interested in the new GTI Anniversary model for a base price of € 30 425 is available. The launch in Germany will start in mid June.


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      MLuddyJr
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm baffled as to why the GTI still doesn't have a decent limited slip. A real LSD is what makes high-power FWD cars tolerable. Honda and Mazda both offer LSD at this price point. Why does VW insist on hobbling the GTI with a brake-based electronic system?
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MLuddyJr
        It is a cost saving measure that is employed in the wrong place. These systems are great on a run of the mill, basic vehicle. Ford is using it in the new Focus, and VW is/has used it on their regular vehicles in the past. A brake based e-diff (XDS) has no place on a vehicle that has any sporting intentions. I hope that Ford doesn't make this same mistake with the upcoming Focus ST or I'll cross it off of my list like I did the MK6 GTI. Nissan also offers a true LSD at this price point on the SE-R Spec-V.
          thecomedian
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          The McLaren MP4-12C has an electronic LSD too, doesn't it?
      Hazdaz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its nice to see a car company bring out a "special edition" that is more than just a badge job.
      longducdong
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "king" of hot hatches? No. The "granddaddy"? Yes.
      bobmarley
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should celebrate by making this standard in all GTI's
        drtyp751
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bobmarley
        Probably because this particular engine will make it's way into the Audi lineup where they can charge a substantial premium over the VW brand.
      Der M
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those wheels are clearly a redesign of the classic Snowflakes!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Der M
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      Christopher Anderson
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, when they made the 25th Anniversary Edition in Germany in 2002, we got the 20th Anniversary Edition the next year (I have one!), so will we see a 30AE at the end of 2012? I'm glad to see them up the power (probably a K04 turbo). They should have done that with the 20AE. (the Audi TT 225 had a K04 and 225 horses, they should have used the same motor in the 20AE.) On a related note, those wheels are sexy as hell.
      Christopher Anderson
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, when they made the 25th Anniversary Edition in Germany in 2002, we got the 20th Anniversary Edition the next year (I have one!), so will we see a 30AE at the end of 2012? I'm glad to see them up the power (probably a K04 turbo). They should have done that with the 20AE. (the Audi TT 225 had a K04 and 225 horses, they should have used the same motor in the 20AE.)
      Abarthlyness
      • 4 Years Ago
      235hp seems pretty good... but I wonder how much that porker weighs.
        foci
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Abarthlyness
        I agree I was hoping to read VW was dropping weight to honor the 1st generation GTI
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Phontsolo
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it just me or does this TOOL only post ridiculous pro American/Buick car posts?
          Hek!
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Phontsolo
          He's a 90 year old Buick driver, forgive his senseless devotion. He quit comparing long ago and simply believes (READ worships) Buick.
          Synthono
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Phontsolo
          He's hilarious. If we could harness his self-delusion we could power the world.
        Brent Phillips
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love the things Buick is doing, but to call the GTI stagnant is a bit ignorant. The 2010 GTI was Automobile magazine car of the year last year. I was loved by every review I read about it.
        montoym
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I don't see a Buick competing with a GTI or even in the hot hatch realm, I would like to see the Chevy Cruze hatchback offered here particularly in SS guise.
      MK6GTI
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anybody has actually driven a MK5/MK6 GTI, you will definitely not say that the car is 'lackluster'...
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MK6GTI
        I have, I've driven BOTH generations on the street and on track at Summit Point as well. I feel as if lackluster is a perfect description or the vehicles performance. The XDS differential is a joke, it doesn't even come CLOSE to being a proper substitute for a real LSD. After two hot laps the MK6 completely cooked its brakes. The power output is severly lacking for its class, and even more so when you remember that the engine is F/I and capable of much more in other applications. The DSG and the interior are the two nicest things about the GTI, the performance is lacking.
      goober1424
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, VW, but the GTI is long overdue for a serious power boost. With cars like the Mazdaspeed3 and Focus RS, there is continually less and less appeal for the GTI. The GTI may have started the segment, but it needs to get in the gym if it going to stay near the top.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @goober1424
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          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @ tump According to Mazda's website, the Mazdaspeed3 has every single feature that is available on the Touring except for leather. That "pile of torque steer" is capable of running a high 13 second quarter mile time stock.
          • 4 Years Ago
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          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          Mazdaspeed3 = FnF crowd??? Completely disagree. GTI owners always have the same excuse that you just repeated. "Hey, my car is slower than yours but I have a nicer interior". The current Mazdaspeed3 actually has a great interior, far better than the previous generation. While it isn't up to the GTIs level, it certainly isn't that far behind. I'd trade a smidge of overall refinement to have a vehicle that has a REAL LSD with a boatload of torque and can actually perform on the track and on the street.
          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @ invisibleblog So even if you don't track your vehicle, you would want something that doesn't even perform that well on the street?
          • 4 Years Ago
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          goober1424
          • 4 Years Ago
          Go test drive a Speed3 and get back to me.
      DC Mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      "When it comes to fun per dollar, you just can't beat a hot hatch." Yes, you can. There are several well priced, road capable, V6s making way more horsepower for less. Honestly, this car seems a bit lackluster.
        rocketmoose
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DC Mike
        I suppose it depends on what you have available where you live, but I know I'd rather have a Renaultsport Clio Cup at this price range.
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