Volkswagen celebrated the 35th anniversary of the iconic Golf GTI in 2011 with the introduction of special edition Golf GTI Edition 35.
The history of Golf GTI dates back to the summer of 1976 when the very first production GTI was started. The first Golf GTI surprised everyone from customers to the competition. Since then, the GTI became the most successful compact sports car in automotive history.
Initially only 5 000 GTIs were planned for Golf MK1. Six generations later, GTI is nearing a production milestone of 2 million units. In 2011, Golf GTI was the top selling derivative in the Golf model range in South Africa with 3 565 units sold out of a total of 7123.
The special edition Golf GTI Edition 35 pays homage to success of this icon and its legendary status in the last three decades. Edition 35 is destined to be a collector’s item in South Africa from day one.
With 173kW of power, Edition 35 outputs 18kW more than the standard 2.0 TSI Golf GTI at 155kW. Similar to the current generation Golf GTI, it is front-wheel drive that is well supported by XDS electronic differential lock.
Its maximum torque of 300 Newton metres that is available between 2,200 to 5,500 rpm, allows it to reach a top speed of 247 km/h. The 100km/h mark is achieved in just 6.6 seconds. Golf GTI Edition 35 is available with standard 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed DSG.
Visually, the Golf GTI Edition 35 can be recognised by its new bumper design in front with bi-xenon headlights plus cornering and LED daytime running lights.
The car’s aerodynamics were improved by winglets (air flow surfaces) positioned at lower outboard areas in front, and the mid-section of the front spoiler was kept in black. On the car’s sides, it is the glossy black mirror housings, side sill extensions in body colour and the “35” edition badge on the front wings that identify the anniversary model. It is also equipped with smoked LED rear lights, an LED-illuminated licence plate at the rear and smoked rear windows.
For Golf GTI Edition 35, Volkswagen has developed a new 18-inch “Watkins Glen” alloy wheels. The alloy wheels are named after a US racetrack in the state of New York. The 225/40 R18 tyres are fitted to Sterling Silver alloy wheels.
Customers have a choice of nine exterior colours in Golf GTI Edition 35. White, black, red and silver have been classic GTI colours for 35 years. They offered together with five other paint colours. To be specific, Volkswagen is offering Edition 35 in three base colours, namely Candy White, Tornado Red and Black. Four metallic colours are Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Shadow Blue and United Grey. For the pearl effect colours, Blue Graphite and Deep Black can be ordered.
The interior was customised too. New GTI ingredients here are the gear shift grip in the classic golf ball look of the first generation GTI, new decorative strips in the cockpit area and the door trim panels (“Black Array” type), special door sill plates with worked-in “35” logo and safety belts with red stripes.
The interior design team conceptualised an entirely new type of upholstery for the Golf GTI Edition 35 in “Favo” that matches the GTI’s character perfectly. The inside lateral seat supports and front parts of the head restraints are designed in “Vienna” leather in “Titan Black”.
Meanwhile, the centre seat panels have active-breathing microfibres, and their styling matches the legendary honeycomb pattern of the GTI radiator grille. The “35” logo appears on the backrest of the seat, and all decorative seams of this seat design are in “Flash Red”. Decorative seams around the 3-spoke leather sport steering wheel, the hand brake and gear shift trim as well as the borders of the floor mats are in red as always. Customers have an option to order the seats of the Golf GTI Edition 35 in “Vienna” leather.
When 173kW of power and a torque of 300 Nm deliver on the car with a kerb weight of 1,400 kg, they unleash vehicle dynamics that match those of a purebred sports car in any measure of performance. Its acceleration (0 – 100 km/h in 6.6 s) and top speed (247 km/h) are the usual statistical measures, but much more important and typical of this GTI is its relentless torque in every speed range. Step into the GTI, adjust the ergonomically fitting sport seats and the sport steering wheel, turn on the ignition and a storm breaks loose.
Acoustically too, the current generation Golf GTI already has a full sporty sound, but new tuning of the sound actuator makes Edition 35 even sportier.
The 1 984 cm3 displacement employed in the Golf GTI Edition 35 is a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine of the EA113 engine series. It is the same base engine that is found in the all-wheel drive Golf R. The 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine builds up its propulsive power via a turbocharger (0.9 bar boost pressure at 5,500 rpm) with intercooling.
The engine is controlled by a fully electronic engine management system with E-Gas. The engine’s pistons are equipped with reinforced gudgeon pins. The connecting rod was also designed with greater strength, so that it can reliably transfer high torque to the crankshaft. The cylinder block was reinforced to handle the extremely high engine forces that occur.
With a manual gearbox, Golf GTI Edition 35 offers a respectable combined fuel consumption of 8.1 litres per 100 km (equivalent to 189 g/km CO2). In the DSG version, these two values are improved to 8.0 l/100 km and 185 g/km CO2.
For 35 years, the GTI has been driven via the front axle. This is supported by the standard XDS electronic differential lock. XDS significantly improves handling properties. Technically, XDS is a functional extension of the electronic differential lock (EDS) that is integrated in the ESP system. As soon as the electronics detects that the front wheel at the inside of the bend is excessively unloaded during fast driving, the ESP hydraulics build up braking pressure at this wheel to restore optimal traction. That is, XDS acts as a transverse differential lock that compensates for the typical understeering of front-wheel drive vehicles during quick driving through bends. As a result, the driving behaviour of the GTI is significantly more precise and neutral.
Like all GTIs, the Edition 35 is equipped with a sport chassis. Working in front is the familiar MacPherson suspension with helical springs and telescoping dampers. At the rear, an innovative multi-link suspension ensures that the ESP system seldom needs to be activated. The Volkswagen’s four disc brakes are also extremely durable and strong.
Golf GTI Edition 35 can be customised with the following optional features:
- Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC)
- Rear Assist – rearview camera
- Park Assist with parallel parking assistant & Park Distance Control
- Park Distance Control (Front and Rear)
- Radio-CD player: RCD 510 with MP3, 6-CD Changer
- DynAudio Excite Sound System
- Satellite Navigation System
- Electric sunroof
- Bluetooth cellphone preparation
- Vienna Leather seats
Retail Prices (VAT and Emissions Tax included)
2.0 TSI Golf GTI Edition 35 (173kW) Manual R370 900
2.0 TSI Golf GTI Edition 35 (173kW) DSG R385 700
The Golf GTI Edition 35 comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.