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213kW Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition confirmed for Australia

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the Golf GTI 40th anniversary special edition will go on sale locally in June, bringing more power and a bunch of performance highlights to the popular hot hatch.


The Golf GTI is celebrating its 40th anniversary and to mark the occasion, the German company has put together a unique special edition model which is the most powerful Golf GTI production car ever made.

Under the bonnet is the same 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, however, power output is lifted from the standard 164kW output to an impressive 195kW. At “full kick-down” there’s also 213kW produced for up to 10 seconds, making it one of the craziest front-wheel drive cars on the market. Up to 380Nm is also available.

At this power level it’s actually more powerful than the 206kW Golf R super hatch which is equipped with all-wheel drive. To handle the power the special edition features some of the hardcore stuff that’s fitted to the GTI Performance, including a differential lock, big brakes, and a set of unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

Aside from the mechanical enhancements, the GTI 40 Years edition will come with a bespoke bodykit with a new front bumper bar, larger air intakes, and a two-piece rear spoiler that provides “significantly” increased downforce at speed.

Inside, the cabin decor is spruced up to match, with honeycomb seat upholstery, decorative inlays, and an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and door trims. There’s also red stitching, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard.

Only a limited number will be introduced in Australia, all featuring a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Prices will start at $48,990, up only $2500 from the GTI Performance model.

Note: Overseas Golf GTI Clubsport shown

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.