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Volkswagen Australia confirms manual & DSG auto for Golf GTI 40 Years Edition

Following the Australian market confirmation for the Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years Edition, the local arm has just confirmed it will be available in both DSG dual-clutch auto and six-speed manual form.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years Edition

The 40 Years Edition, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI, is the most potent GTI to enter the market. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo that’s boosted to 195kW, offering up to 213kW with an overboost function for up to 10 seconds.

Not only is it more powerful than the regular Golf GTI, it also comes with various unique highlights. Buyers can enjoy unique 19-inch ‘Ruby’ alloy wheels, adaptive chassis control, larger brakes, and a more sophisticated locking differential function for maximum traction.

For the exterior there’s a bespoke bodykit with a new front bumper bar, larger air intakes, and a two-piece spoiler at the back. A side stripe on the body also helps distinguish the variant from the rest.

Inside, the cabin showcases a red-stitched steering wheel, seat belts and floor mats, and comes with special sill plates with the GTI emblem, and honeycomb seat upholstery with Alcantara for the steering wheel.

Volkswagen Australia says the limited release will initially be available with the six-speed DSG auto, but it will introduce the six-speed manual during the third quarter of 2016. Customers can place their order now. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years six-speed manual – $46,990
2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years six-speed DSG auto – $48,990

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.