Limited edition VW Golf GTI anniversary model, Japan only

Volkswagen Japan has announced a limited edition Golf GTI to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Golf. The limited run of 500 cars will be sold exclusively to the Japan market.

Volkswagen Japan Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition frontEquipment on the special GTI includes 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake cailipers, and the choice of either Pure White or Carbon Steel Grey Metallic.

The limited edition GTI comes as a Performance Pack model, meaning it features a six-speed DSG transmission and 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 169kW and 350Nm. Peak torque available from 1500-4600rpm.

Equipped with the DSG the Mk7 GTI can to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.4 seconds. It’s also quite frugal, returning an average consumption rating of just 6.6L/100km.

The Mk7 GTI uses sharp lines and details to follow in line with Volkswagen’s current styling theme. The twin exhausts poking from the rear, rear diffuser, Wolverine-like fog light surrounds, and red line running through the GTI’s grille help set the car apart from other Golf models.

Interior features include a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, tartan upholstery on the seats, and satellite navigation.

Volkswagen Japan Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition rear

Volkswagen Japan will start accepting orders for the 40th anniversary GTI model from September 27.

Although the first ever Golf GTI wasn’t released until 1976, this 40th anniversary model helps celebrate the 40th anniversary launch of the Golf as a model, rather than a variant.

Pricing for the regular Mk7 Golf GTI in Australia starts from $41,990, with the Performance Pack model (DSG only) starting from $48,990.

Josh is one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist at The Project Group.

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