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30th anniversary Golf GTI

The fastest and most powerful production Golf GTI yet is set to kick off celebrations next year for the 30th anniversary of the original hot hatch – the Mk1 Golf GTI.

At its heart is an uprated version of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder T-FSI engine fitted to the standard GTI.

The result is 230 PS – a rise of 30 PS over the standard car. This is mated to a choice of six-speed manual or sequential DSG gearboxes channelling drive through the front wheels.

The new Golf GTI Edition 30 will get to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds (6.6 secs when equipped with DSG) before reaching a maximum of 150mph.

Cosmetically new body-coloured side skirts are paired with a new chin spoiler for the front bumper and a body-coloured rear bumper. A ‘GTI’ badge sits on the bootlid below tinted rear lights.

Completing the look are a set of unique 18-inch ‘Pescara’ alloy wheels.

Inside, the GTI Edition 30 has unique sports seats finished in ‘Interlagos’ cloth trim and completed with leather side bolsters and headrest. The golf ball gear knob synonymous with the Mk1 GTI also makes a comeback. Silver sill plates featuring a unique ‘Edition 30’ logo are joined by the sculpted leather GTI steering wheel complete with red stitching.

Equipment levels include ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), six airbags, radio/CD player, 2Zone electronic climate control and twin chrome exhaust tailpipes all featured. Just 1,500 examples of the GTI Edition 30 will be available from early January with a range of six paint colours.

Prices for the anniversary model start at just over £22,000 for the three-door model, with a £1,330 premium for the DSG-equipped car. The GTI Edition 30 is also available with five doors for an additional £500.

The righthand drive Mk1 Golf GTI – developing a modest 112 bhp – went on sale in the UK in 1977 costing £5,217.

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