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Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 celebrates the VW Golf reaching middle-age

Tue, 10 May 2011

VW Golf GTI Edition 35 - the GTI hits middle-age.

Car makers like an anniversary model, none more so than Volkswagen, Which explains why we see the launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 to celebrate 35 years of VW Golf GTI goodness. Ant anniversary will do.

Following faithfully in the footsteps of the endless Golf special editions – and umpteen ‘Anniversary’ versions – the GTI Edition 35 celebrates an astonishing run of success as the original hot hatch, which may have lost its way and got a bit bloated a few years back, but it’s been to the gym since and is now in fine fettle.

The usual recipe is employed to mix together an appealing special edition – cosmetic tweaks and a smidge more power -with the GT Edition 35 getting a 25bhp boost to deliver a rather appealing 232bhp. VW give us no figures, but that should see 60mph in 6.5 seconds.

Cosmetically the changes are modest, which considering the GTI Edition 35 is going to launch at the VW-fest at Worthesee next month (where the current Golf GTI was first revealed) is a bit surprising – if entirely in character. As far as we can tell the changes amount to a set of custom alloys and a slightly different front bumper. Oh, and a few ’35′ badges dotted around, inside and out.

The GTI Edition 35 goes on sale in Germany next month for €30,425, and we’re expecting it in the UK at the end of the summer.

When it will probably cost around £27.5k

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By Cars UK