It was 1984 when the Volkswagen GTI powertrain was combined with a trunk in the form of the Jetta GLI. To mark the 30th anniversary, starting next year Volkswagen will only be offering the GLI Edition 30 (click image above to enlarge), distinct from the current 2014 on sale by details like 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a decklid spoiler and Edition 30 badging outside, red accents on the V-Tex leatherette seats, steering wheel and shifter inside.

Power has moved up a skosh in 30 years, the original model's 90-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine supplanted by a 201-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo unit shifted through six close-ratio gears instead of five. The trim options will drop from three to two, the GLI Edition 30 coming in either standard spec or with navigation.

Prices haven't been announced, but the press release below has other tidbits to tide you over while you wait.
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Special edition of the Jetta GLI goes on sale early in 2014

Herndon, VA, 12.19.2013 - In 1984, Volkswagen introduced the first Jetta GLI to the U.S. market, setting the blueprint for all subsequent versions of this beloved sport sedan. The first GLI essentially wrapped a GTI's running gear in Jetta sheetmetal-same 90-horsepower fuel-injected 1.8-liter engine, close-ratio five-speed transmission, sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, and vented front disc brakes. Externally, the car sported GLI badging, a tail spoiler, and bodyside moldings, while the interior was upgraded with a leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, three additional gauges in the center console, sport seats, and distinctive upholstery and interior trim.

That recipe still holds true today. Compared with a Jetta 1.8T, the GLI features a more powerful 2.0-liter TSI® engine, a close-ratio six-speed manual or DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, a sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, more aggressive body styling, and an interior that features sport seats and pedals.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first GLI, Volkswagen will sell the car only as an Edition 30 in two trim levels, starting in early 2014: the Edition 30 and the Edition 30 with Navigation. Compared with the current 2014 Jetta GLI, the GLI Edition 30 is distinguished externally by 18-inch "Laguna" aluminum-alloy wheels, red trim on the front grille, a trunklid-mounted spoiler, and Edition 30 badging. The Edition 30 with Navigation also has red trim inside the Bi-Xenon headlights.

Inside, the Edition 30 benefits from contrasting color V-Tex leatherette seats with red accents; red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, brake lever, and armrests; carbon-look trim inlays; Edition 30 kickplates; and floormats with red stitching. The car will be available in four colors: Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Reflex Silver Metallic.

The Edition 30 is extremely well equipped, with standard features such as front foglights; LED taillights; leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, brake handle, and shift knob; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; and Bluetooth® connectivity. The Edition 30 with Navigation adds: Keyless access with push-button start; the RNS® 315 touchscreen navigation system; a rearview camera; LED daytime running lights; and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA'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. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 630 independent U.S. dealers.

This press release and image of the new Jetta GLI Edition 30 are available at Follow us @VWNews

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      What a mess. That reminds me of when someone slaps a set of the most current design OEM wheels on a two-generation old model.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is nothing special about this edition.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Vinyl seats...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, I like the VW-parts-bin wheels, but the two options I despise--lip spoiler and vinyl upholstery--become mandatory. Must go look at base cloth models while they're still available.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      And just as it's been for the past 30 years, still one of the most unreliable vehicles on the road today...
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      who craes the Malibu is a far better car and been around longer
      Max Forte
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow 30 yrs of POS!
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW and electrical problems. Stupid mexicans.
        • 1 Year Ago
        You say that as if VWs built in Germany don't have electrical problems.
          • 1 Year Ago
          they usually don' least not here in europe
          Ashley Wolf
          • 1 Year Ago
          Then explain how Skodas and SEATs have better reliability than Volkswagens and Audis, Lachmund.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Corolla, formerly king of bland, is actually more interesting to look at. Snooze fest...I miss the Mk II and Mk iVs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately you can dress it all you want but its still an unreliable crap poorly built car...what is it with all these cars now with vinyl fake leather seats, Toyota is even using it WTF
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was originally interested in a 2013 GLI, despite the cost. Then I test drove a 3.6 Passat and found it to not only be superior in almost every way, but $75 bi-weekly cheaper as well. It has a lot more room, can roast the GLI in a drag race, is more comfortable and only slightly worse on fuel (10% difference, maybe less if the GLI does not meet EPA, which the Passat beats consistently). We ended up getting the Passat and have had no regrets. This GLI seriously needs at least another 50hp to come close to justifying the cost.
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