Volkswagen reveals Golf GTI Edition 3535th anniversary version of VW’s iconic hot hatch

12 May 2011

VW Golf GTI Edition 35

The VW Golf GTI Edition 35 will have 231bhp 

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 celebrates the 35th anniversary of VW’s famous hot hatch.

The GTI Edition 35 features bespoke looks and a power upgrade to mark the occasion.

Want to know how the VW Golf GTI shapes up against other fast hatchbacks? Watch our hot hatch group test video to find out.

VW Golf GTI Edition 35: more power, new styling

Volkswagen hasn’t always got the Golf GTI right; the third and fourth generation cars seemed like little more than marketing exercises.

VW Golf GTI Edition 35

You'll be able to order a VW Golf GTI Edition 35 at the end of 2011

But the latest cars have really lived up to the badge that started the whole hot hatch phenomenon back in 1976. And the GTI Edition 35 seems almost certain to add to that legend.

The Edition 35 stands out not only because it has ‘35’ badges placed in strategic locations (the front wings, sill plates and seats). Although it has fundamentally the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol, front-wheel drive configuration as the regular Golf GTI, it also boasts an extra 24bhp – taking the total to 231bhp – a new front bumper, new alloy wheels and a retro golf ball gearknob.

VW hasn’t released any performance figures thus far, but that 231bhp makes the Edition 35 the most powerful production Golf to ever carry the GTI badge. Even so, it remains some way behind the 267bhp all-wheel-drive Golf R.

Which? members can read the full review of the current Volkswagen Golf GTI

VW Golft GTI Edition 35 interior

The special edition Golf GTI will have a new front bumper, different alloy wheels and a golf-ball gearknob. 

Debut in June, on sale later this year

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 will get its public debut in June, as part of celebrations at the world-renowned VW gathering that takes place at Wörthersee in Austria every year.

We have no further details or pricing information as yet, but VW has confirmed the GTI Edition 35 will be available to order by UK buyers later this year.

Expect a reasonable premium over the current £24,400 basic list price for the regular GTI – and a sensible saving over the £31,115 Golf R.

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