It’s been four full decades since Volkswagen brought the Golf GTI to the shores of the USA as the Rabbit, so it’s celebrating with 1500 units of the 40th Anniversary Edition, which might not be as exciting as you think.
There’s small side graphics on the lower areas of the door, and VW has blacked out the wheels, mirror caps, and the roof. It is offered in Tornado Red and Urano Gray, two colors limited to this edition, as well as Pomelo Yellow Metallic and Opal White Pearl; but the last two are normal options for the GTI. The wheels have also gotten red outlines, and that’s not original. It was seen first in the European GTI Clubsport 45. What is original, is the illuminated sills of the grille.
It is based on the S trim, which explains the plaid cloth seats. But it also borrows several items from the top trim, such as the speed-sensitive steering, the 19-inch rims and the adaptive dampers. There aren’t any changes to the performance, so it still runs the same 2.0-liter TSI inline 4 that makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Half of them will have DSGs, and the other half with stick shift. Though Americans aren’t used to the latter, we assume they all will be sold nonetheless.
With October’s theme of releasing special editions before ending production, we suspect that the Golf will soon no longer be offered with an ICE, or worse, get killed off. Some folks may be excited to hear that, so each to their own. Whatever follows, we’re quite sure it’ll be EV-related.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Volkswagen)