The Volkswagen booth at this year's Chicago Auto Show was filled with various special edition models of the Beetle and GTI. In addition to the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, the Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition helps to wrap up the 2013 model year as VW readies the all-new MkVII Golf next year.

Only 3,000 of the GTI Driver's Edition models will be produced in four-door body style only, and the available color palette will be limited to just Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray and Deep Black. The package will come standard with the GTI's Sunroof and Navigation package, and it will add unique features such as the 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a golf-ball shift knob, partial leather seats and red-stitching on the carpeted floor mats. Buyers of this package will also get a certificate of authenticity and some GTI swag such as a hat, keychain and parking sign.

Starting price for the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition is $29,695 with the six-speed manual and $30,795 if you choose the DSG – both prices exclude destination charges.

The press release for both limited-edition GTI models is posted after the jump.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LIMITED-EDITION GTI MODELS

-Acclaimed hot-hatch receives two new trims to close the 2013 model year
-Wolfsburg Edition with six-speed manual starts at $25,095
-Driver's Edition with six-speed manual starts at $29,695

Herndon, VA / Chicago, - Volkswagen announced today that it will offer two limited-edition models for the GTI for the 2013 model year. The GTI Wolfsburg Edition and GTI Driver's Edition will be offered in limited quantities for the final model year of the sixth-generation hot-hatch. The limited-edition models are available in four-door guise only and are offered in three colors-Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, and Deep Black.

The first to go on sale is the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, which will be in dealerships during the first quarter of 2013. Featuring the well-equipped GTI's standard trim, the Wolfsburg Edition adds 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a retro-themed golf ball shifter knob, and red-stitched carpeted floormats. The Wolfsburg Edition will start at $25,095 for a six-speed manual transmission version or $26,195 when equipped with a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. There will be a total of 2000 Wolfsburg Edition models.

Arriving early in the second quarter of 2013 is the GTI Driver's Edition. This takes the GTI Sunroof and Navigation package and adds the 18-inch aluminum-alloy Laguna wheels, a golf ball shifter knob, red-stitched carpeted floormats, and partial leather seat coverings. Just 3000 units will be sold in the U.S., priced from $29,695 with the manual transmission and from $30,795 for the version with the six-speed DSG gearbox.

Every GTI Driver's Edition buyer also receives a Certificate of Authenticity along with a special package of GTI gear that includes a hat, keychain, and parking sign.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen of America's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen of America sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Golf R, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.


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      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd pay $30,000 for a well specced Scirocco, but not for a GTI. I'm sorry, but a top of the line GTI should not be anything more than $27,0000-$28,000 max. So bring on the Scirocco VW!
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Driver's edition" with an automatic. Hah.
      Chefo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am now pretty relaxed to see that I am not the only one who thinks VW are crazy. I just hope I won't get eaten alive by fan-boys here.
      Devin Baker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Driver's edition? You'd expect some stiffened up suspension, short throw shifter etc, not some wheels and a parking sign. Oh and a golf ball.
      sampson
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should've put an actual white golf ball as the shifter a la hurst style... instead it looks a like a golf ball with a black condom on...
        HAL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sampson
        Exactly! I was expecting an actual golf ball (though probably bigger), not some texturized handle. Disappointing.
      Steve Sweetz
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a current Mk6 GTI owner, I have to say this is pretty lame. Everything in this model, except the ugly shift knob, is already available as a factory option or dealer accessory. You can right now configure a car that is 100% identical to this "special edition", again apart from the shift knob. Even those red stitched floor mats are something that you could get from a VW catalog for years. Off hand, I'm not sure if they're charging a premium versus what it could cost to identically configure one, but it's pretty lame to call these "special editions" regardless.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing as how this is a VW, I\'m guessing this will drive off the dealer lot with at least two warning lights lit on the dash panel, a power window reglator that already needs replacing, and a dodgy fuel pump that will cause an intermittent stumble at idle before it fails within the first year.
        Vinuuz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Living in the 90's mister?
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Read any auto reviews lately? VW is still at the bottom for build quality. After initial quality, the rankings dive to the bottom where VW has been...since the 90\'s and before. I am old enough to remember air-cooled as the only VWs. All of the water-cooled VWs, ALL OF THEM, since the Rabbit intro onward in the USA, have had crap build quality...ALL OF THEM.
        johnhkart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Good point . Ive researched it and it's a painful world where the best car I've ever driven ( week in a Tdi Golf in 2009) and any other Euro car would potentially destroy me completely financially if I owned it, but a boring Toyo/Honda would not.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      libertedelacroix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Totally lame, and at R20 prices, this is a complete flop.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love my GTI. Hate the wheels on this Limited Edition model, though.
        Jmaister
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        totally agree. got some wheels they trying to move i suppose.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        I think they're much, much better than the flower petal ones. Though, I'm not a big FWD fan...
      ZPrime
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn... And wow, they couldn't even bother to clean off that brake pedal before putting it on display?
      abmurraynw
      • 1 Year Ago
      They\'re just trying to move some extra product before the Mk VII arrives. No GTI is a bad thing, but I think I\'ll wait a year (or two?) to see the new model. My Mk IV is still holding up ok.
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