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Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 years edition now on sale in Australia

The epic new Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition has arrived in Australia. If you’re after the pinnacle in hot hatchery, this is it.

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 years-front

Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, like the regular GTI, only output is turned up to a barely believable 213kW and 380Nm during overboost. Without overboost it spits out 195kW.

What makes this particularly interesting is the fact that it remains front-wheel drive. There is a sophisticated differential at the front to ensure maximum traction, however, we’re sure this would be a big-grin-inducing machine to drive.

Other go-fast goodies include organ-wrenching brakes, adaptive suspension and chassis control, and an aggressive aero package for the body. The latter comprises of a deeper front intake system and a two-piece rear spoiler. There’s also a set of 19-inch alloy wheels.

As we found out earlier in the year, these enhancements make a big difference to the overall performance. In fact, it set a world record lap time around the Nurburgring for a front-drive hot hatch, setting a time of 7:49.21.

Local buyers have the choice of a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The DSG is available to order now, with the manual coming in “shortly” according to VW Australia.

Prices start at $46,990 for the manual and $48,990 for the DSG auto. The only option is a panoramic glass roof, which sets you back an extra $1850. It’s on sale now with only a limited number available, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Golf gTI.

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.