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.
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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