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Pirelli sexes up Golf GTI

2007-05-21 10:25

VW Golf GTI Pirelli

VW's awesome GTI W12 might be a bit too much for some, however, VW also just pulled the wraps of the Pirelli GTI which is a bit tamer.

The Golf GTI Pirelli was made in conjunction with the Italian tyre manufacturer. The original Pirelli GTI was launched in 1983

Like the GTI Edition 30, the Pirelli is prepared by Volkswagen Individual and is powered by the 169-kW version of the 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder.

Its maximum torque of 300 Nm is available over a large speed window - from 2 200 to 5 200 r/min.

It goes from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds. Whereas the normal GTI goes from 0-100 km/h in 235 km/h the Pirelli edition does it in 246 km/h.

The car looks the hot hatch part too but the styling modifications are subtle in comparison with the GTI W12. Styling cues include body-colour bumpers and side skirts, tinted rear glass and discreet Pirelli logos set into the C-pillars.

There are also Pirelli P Zero tyres - 225/40R18s mounted on titanium-coloured Pirelli alloy rims. Each of the five spokes is actually an exaggerated letter "P" as seen in Pirelli's logo.

Inside, the theme is carried over to the leather sport seats featuring an embedded tyre-tread pattern in the microfibre center panels, as well as the Pirelli logo embroidered on the head restraints.


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