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Does this storyline look familiar? A German or Japanese automaker announces some hot-sounding variant of a vehicle we already love, but then they follow that news up by telling us that the new model won't be making its way to the U.S. We thought this tired and disappointing plot was once again unfolding with the recent announcement of a Volkswagen 35 Edition GTI, but Car and Driver cites sources who say we're likely to receive the hot hatch after all.

The big news for the 35 Edition GTI is a jump in horsepower to 235 horsepower, or 25 more ponies than the already awesome standard GTI. The name of the special edition VW comes as a tribute to the fact that the GTI has been available in Europe for 35 years. Not so in the U.S., though, so the name may have to change if it indeed reaches our shores. C/D points out that the first GTI hit the States in 1983, so the 30 Edition name could be a strong possibility. Of course, that means the 35 badging on the door sills, seats and fenders will need to go, but we're guessing the deletes won't be much trouble at all.

While this report is no clear confirmation from VW, we're optimistic that C/D's sources could be onto something. Hope springs eternal and all that...


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      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's betting: A) Somehow ours will have less power. B) Somehow ours will have no manual transmission. After all, we Americans don't like power or fun. Or so every car manufacturer seems to think, these days.
      Tippy Dobbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, the GTI is a great hot hatch and more power is always better, but I'm wondering why they only bumped power up to 235bhp. The 2.0T is comes so undertuned from the factory, just chipping it will put you up to 250bhp. This is a sweet car regardless, I just think they could have pulled a bit more from that engine.
        bleexeo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
        Indeed. Instead of buying some overpriced Special Edition, save big money by just spending $600 on an APR Stage 1 ECU upgrade and get 250bhp.
        takao obi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
        _35_th anniversary 2_35_ hp
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
        Because then you'll be sending all 250bhp to the front wheels without a proper diff.
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rocketmoose
          The thing doesn't have a proper diff to begin with!
        Robert D.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tippy Dobbs
        Very simple: The Golf R.
      Ben Hayat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it FWD or AWD?
      ROB
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the last vw's left I would by. Make ia 5 door available
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it's under 30k and all Euro-spec, I'd buy it! My guess though, is it's not either.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is really a good looking small car. It's classic, contemporary, land more than competent with a great future as well as history.
      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a 337 owner, I'm really pleased to see this. The 337 was an exceptional value at the time, and is still a fun little car to zip around in. I doubt I'll get the 35AE, though, as I now have a wife and baby to consider. Funny what 9 years does to a person :-)
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Snoozefest
        CLASSIFIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        LMAO is one hate comment on every post regarding VW not enough? I see you're stepping it up. You sure are dedicated. Did VWs kill your father and rape your mother?
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Then in 35 months the fuel rails break, the heads pop, and the transmission synchros shatter.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just leave the 35 name and badging. The fanbois that will overpay for it would love explaining it to anyone that asks, not that anyone would ask.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      A GTI with a 20hp chip tune. WOW I never saw that one coming.
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