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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 will arrive in Australia before the end of the year.

A Volkswagen Australia spokesperson today confirmed the first deliveries of the special edition Golf, which celebrates the 35th birthday of the GTI, would make it to Australia later in 2011.

Volkswagen Australia cannot yet confirm how many Golf GTI Edition 35s will be available in Australia, and says pricing details will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s local launch. The Edition 35 is expected to sit between the GTI and Golf R models in the range, with a price tag in the mid-$40,000s.

Volkswagen says the Golf GTI Edition 35 is powered by a detuned version of the Golf R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, rather than an uprated GTI engine. Unlike the all-wheel drive Golf R, however, the GTI Edition 35 will maintain the GTI’s traditional front-wheel drive setup.

The unique tune produces 175kW of power and 300Nm of torque – up 20kW/20Nm from the standard GTI and down 13kW/30Nm from the R.

The GTI Edition 35 has a top speed of 247km/h and it understood to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds, placing it perfectly in between the GTI and R models.

As revealed last month, the Edition 35 will get revised bumpers, dark light lenses, LED daytime running lights, glossy black grille and side mirror trim, new alloy wheels, reupholstered sports seats, a unique gear knob and ‘35’ badging inside and out.

Volkswagen’s marketing campaign for the GTI Edition 35 is clearly aimed at shaking the car’s boy racer image. The woman in the clip is apparently a big fan of the special edition hot hatch and draws considerable pleasure from the way it moves.

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 is currently on display at the Worthersee meet in Austria.




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