In celebrating Volkswagen’s 35th anniversary of the Golf GTi, the carmaker has taken an iconic vintage design concept and added some impressive tweaks to the traditional hot hatch. The result? The GTi 35.
South Africans have always been great fans of the Golf range, especially the GTi and the new model will not disappoint. The Golf GTi Edition 35 can easily be identified by its revised bumper design in front, with bi-xenon headlights and cornering and LED daytime running lights. Black mirror housings, body coloured side sill extensions and a special “35” edition badge on the front wings add to the car’s appeal.
The GTi 35 sports 18-inch “Watkins Glen” alloy wheels that are unique to this model. The 2-litre, turbocharged engine has been tweaked to deliver an extra 18 kW, taking the maximum power up to 173 kW. Maximum torque of 300 N.m is available from 2 200 to 5 500 r/min. Volkswagen claims a 0-100 km/h time of 6,6 seconds and a 247 km/h top speed. The Edition 35 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed DSG is offered as an option.
The interior was treated to a number of hi-tech features while keeping some of the original GTi’s signature designs. Various “35” reminders can be seen around the cabin, including a gearshift knob in the classic golf ball look of the first-generation GTI and safety belts with red stripes.
The “Favo” upholstery is unique to this model too, and the inside lateral seat supports and front parts of the head restraints are finished in Vienna leather, Titan Black in colour.
The Edition 35 rides on the standard Golf GTi’s “sport chassis” and buyers can specify the Dynamic Chassic Control (DCC) system as an option, along with many other optional extras.
For more information and to connect with other GTi fans, check out the Volkswagen SA Facebook Page.