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Reports that the Volkswagen GTI Edition 35 would make the transatlantic voyage to American dealerships appear to have been premature, as follow-up reports indicate that the anniversary-edition Golf won't be offered Stateside.

The Edition 35, as you may recall, sports a special front end, wheels and interior, but most crucially, an extra 25 horses underhood for a total of 235 hp.

Word of its arrival in the United States originally emanated from Car and Driver, which now cites source inside Volkswagen of America that says that the U.S. division isn't interested in the special.

The model was created by VW to celebrate 35 years of the GTI, but hot hatch icon has only been available Stateside for 30.

Aside from which, VWoA apparently doesn't feel it needs the special to boost sales, creating its own editions on its own schedule – not to mention that the dropped air dam was deemed too low for American roads. We can do without the revised front end, but we hope Volkswagen of America will find another way to package those extra horses for American consumption.


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      DSmithee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey! VW! The GTI needs more than 200 hp--it ain't exactly a lightweight.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DSmithee
        The GTI is not just about straight-line speed., it is about superb handling, German driving dynamics, and a quality interior. But I do agree it could use a boost.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      And as usual, we Americans are denied the better European models.
        akhomerun
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        yeah maybe, but most european cars besides VWs, mercedes, audis, are small weak trash. why do you think we don't get the VW polo, the ford ka, or french cars? most people in europe drive slow small diesel cars. yeah they get great mileage but the reality is that european cars are smaller and more expensive over there. case in point: the bora is smaller and more expensive than even the highest level (european suspension equipped) vw jetta in the US. i don't care if the US version is a little bit cheapened, for your average joe consumer it's gonna be more comfortable and spacious, and $15,000 would probably barely get you a ford ka in europe.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @akhomerun
          "~8500 pounds, approximately $13000 US." Only an idiot would use forex rates as some sort of accurate measurement for comparative US prices. By using forex rates, you are calculating the cost to an American buying the car in Britain. That isn't the equivalent cost to a Briton. For that, you need to use purchasing power parity to obtain the equivalent rate in real terms. As a rough guide, £8.5K in the UK to a Briton is the equivalent of approximately $9.3K to $9.8K to an American.
          akhomerun
          • 3 Years Ago
          @akhomerun
          a quick check on ford.co.uk lists the base price of the Ka at ~8500 pounds, approximately $13000 US. you can get way more car for the dollar in the US, and pay way less for gas.
          Susan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @akhomerun
          And possibly you could practice using Capitals at the beginning of your sentences.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's OK. We'll get the Polo Sport Coupe: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lW5ZIUviFOs/TfOOP7MOBrI/AAAAAAAAEVY/sr4o-SuhlTY/s1600/Polo_Sport+Coupe.jpg and the Beetle 4-door Woody: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2dnkSQOb-f8/Tfp-5N4w4NI/AAAAAAAAEXA/QSnxuSeFG7M/s1600/VWBeetleSedan_Woody.jpg : )
      Dzippy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im from the US and live in Germany, thank god. Here I can get what you can't. I can drive like I stole it literally. I have the left lane to pass with drivers trained on how to use it and actually drive. You have no idea how good life is here in car heaven....Germany. I ve got the Abarth 500 as well and an Audi A4 S model. I just ordered the GTI-35. A loaded US model GTI is 30-32k US. My GTI-35 is 32k Euro's. The difference will be what I can do with it and what you cannot. Given the pathetic driving culture in the US - poorly trained drivers, and pathetic speed limits, cops with attitude I can t wait to post how much fun this car will be. Eff the US and its tea party conservative attitude towards cars, roads and life in general. Wake up and smell the petrol. A GTI with 200hp is all the car you need in the US. Frankly with speed limits etc there its more than you need. One day maybe the US will be a land of the free when it comes to driving and cars. Funny thing is, I can import a US model car here no problem. Try that in reverse. As a car guy you are in the wrong place. Germany is the sh-t. See you at the Frankfurt Auto show :)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      MacProMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks lame anyway...
      ufguy25
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's ironic that VW has set this ridiculous, unobtainable goal of 800,000 sales a year and then withholds product after product from the US market...good luck with your new bland, crapmobile Camry's and Corollas...oops, I mean Passats and Jettas.
        akhomerun
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ufguy25
        this is just a special edition that they will only sell about 1000 of or less. they still sell the GTI in the us...and really the golf is not that popular in the US.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      No surprise here. VW/AUDI love pissing off their American customer-base with news like this.
      Napoleon Rogers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tantareanujellob, you're the one who is an idiot bec they wouldn't tell any different between stock ECU or "reprogram" ECU bec it still have same designed ECU shape body!
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Napoleon Rogers
        I hate to agree with tantareanujellob here since he's largely clueless based on his comments here, but, he's correct in this case. When you take your car to the dealer for service, they don't just look at the ECU itself and say, "Hey, that looks exactly the same, I guess it's not chipped". They connect scanning tools to your car to do diagnostic tests and through those tests, they can easily detect a chipped car versus a stock one. If they data log some information, they can also easily see items that would be out of spec and signify a chipped car. For instance, they can see requested and supplied boost levels that are beyond the stock ECU's limits, or timing changes that don't fit in with stock settings, or injection/fuel pressure changes that are not normal etc. Many chips are available with a "stock" setting that tries to mimic stock settings for when you take your car in for service, but they aren't necessarily foolproof.
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @montoym
          I never said there weren't. They are few and far between though. Thing is, they might cover the warranty, but if VW were to investigate them, they would stop reimbursing the dealer for those "warranty" repairs and the dealer would have to pony it up out of pocket. I bet few would be willing to do so. These dealers are just lucky that VW hasn't found them out yet. Regardless, that has nothing to do with the point Napoleon Rogers was making which is that dealers have no way of telling that your ECU is chipped. This is absolutely ridiculous and that's what I was responding to.
          bleexeo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @montoym
          There are actual VW dealers who do ECU upgrades - with full warranty coverage. The thing about 'the interwebs' is that there is so much FUD.
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Napoleon Rogers
        Hey numbnuts, look up vag-com VW-VAS some time. You're dumber than wood.
          bleexeo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          Sorry to say it, but you are just plain ignorant. There are actual VW dealers who do ECU upgrades.
      Turbo 4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well... We're used to it.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Turbo 4
        Yeah. I hate it when auto execs assume that we Americans don't want fun cars and that we'd rather stick to our Camry's.
      Dzippy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ferrari, Porsche and Lambo or Corvette for that matter dont care about low spoilers. Seriously VW USA get a life and get off your asses and bring the car over. Who f'n cares if the car was sold here later to begin with(the GTI). Its a car let us drive it. Bring the Scirocco as well. Oh I read the GOLF R only has a manual. What? We are too stupid to make a choice so VW Corp makes it for us? No hope. Thank god Im in Germany. At least you get a choice here.
      Susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pity. Well, another example of dumbing down for the US market.
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