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2012-02-16 08:53

GTI POWER: If you're a GTI fan and fancy all the power of the Golf R at a significant discount, the GTI Edition 35 is worth considering, if only for nostalgia.

The history of VW's Golf GTI dates back to 1976 when the first production GTI was assembled. The car has since become the world's most successful compact sports car.

Now a special edition Golf GTI Edition 35 pays homage to the success of this icon and its legendary status built over three decades. The new model has a two-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the same as that found in the Golf R and capable of 173kW and 300Nm, 18kW more than the standard GTI at 155kW.

Like the current Golf GTI, it has front-wheel drive with an electronic differential lock.

The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or DSG auto and is capable of sprinting to 100km/h in 6.6sec with a top speed of 247km/h. The manual has a claimed fuel consuption of 8.1 litres/100km, the auto 8/100.


The GTI Edition 35 has a style upgrade in the form of exterior changes including a new front bumper design, cornering lights and LED daytime running lights.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35

SPECIAL EDITION GTI: V-Dub fans begin salivating! The GTI Edition 35 has arrived on our shores, though you'll probably have to wait six to eight weeks for delivery if you're thinking of ordering one of these hot hatches.

Other exterior changes include gloss black mirror housings, sill extensions, a '35 edition' badge placed prominently on each side, LED tail lights under dark plastic, an LED-illuminated licence plate and tinted rear glass. Alloy 18" rims with 225/40 tyres are standard.


The cabin of the special edition has been updated with a classic golf ball look to the gear shift, decorative strips and the 35 logo and seat belts etched in red stripes.

The '35' logo appears on each seat's backrest and all decorative seams of the new model's seat design are red.

Optional features:

If you want all the options you'll be looking at an extra R91 660 made up of...

Metallic / pearlescent paint - R850
Towball - R6500
Parking radar front and rear - R4610
Park assist - R5780
Rear- view camera - R5250
Adaptive chassis control - R10 680
Power sunroof - R6760
Satnav - R28 860
RCD 510 6-CD changer - R4080
RCD 510 Dynaudio Excite audio - R9840
Bluetooth - R2550
Leather upholstery - R5900

2.0 TSI Golf GTI Edition 35 - R370 900
2.0 TSI Golf GTI Edition 35 DSG - R385 700

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