Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition is limited-run hot hatch
Volkswagen has launched the 40th Anniversary Edition of the 2023 Golf GTI in the US market to commemorate a successful run of four decades of the model. The hot hatch is offered in two exclusive paint schemes: Tornado Red and Urano Gray. Only 1,500 units of the car will be produced. The vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged petrol engine.
Why does this story matter?
- The Golf GTI is one of the most popular hot hatchback models for Volkswagen across the globe.
- The iconic car has a large fanbase due to its excellent ride and handling characteristics, without compromising on practicality.
- The 40th Anniversary Edition is the second special edition model conceptualized by Volkswagen, US after the Golf R 20 Years edition.
The hatchback sports dual exhaust tips and 19-inch alloy wheels
The Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition has an aggressive design and features a sculpted bonnet, projector LED headlamps, a light-bar-like full-width DRL, diamond-shaped fog lights, a wide air dam, and a front splitter. On the sides, it is flanked by ORVMs, honeycomb pattern graphics, "40" decals, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Wrap-around LED taillamps and dual exhaust tips are available at the rear.
It is backed by a 241hp, 2.0-liter engine
The Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition draws power from a 2.0-liter, inline-four, turbocharged petrol engine that is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The mill generates 241hp of maximum power and 370Nm of peak torque.
It features 'Scalepaper Plaid' fabric upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel
Inside, the Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition has a spacious five-seater cabin and features a minimalist dashboard, a GTI-specific 'Scalepaper Plaid' fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with a "40" logo, automatic climate control, and sporty pedals. It packs a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment console sourced from the standard model. The passengers' safety is ensured by multiple airbags.
Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition: Pricing
In the US, only 1,500 units of the Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition will be available. The hot hatch retails at $33,055 (approximately Rs. 27.12 lakh) for the manual gearbox variant and $33,855 (roughly Rs. 27.78 lakh) for the model with DSG gearbox.