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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 will go on sale in Australia in September.

Just 200 of the limited edition Golf GTI Edition 35 models will be sold in Australia, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the world’s most famous hot hatch.

Available in Australia only in five-door body style, the Edition 35 model comes with a $3000 price premium over the standard Golf GTI five-door.

The GTI Edition 35 is powered by a detuned version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Golf R. It produces 173kW of power and 300Nm of torque, which is down from the Golf R’s 188kW/330Nm, but up 18kW and 20Nm from the standard GTI.

Despite the common engine with the Golf R, the Edition 35 retains the standard GTI’s front-wheel drive setup. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while the six-speed dual-clutch DSG is a $2500 option.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 6.6 seconds with either transmission, making it three-tenths faster than the GTI and between 0.7 and 0.9 seconds slower than the R.

Combined cycle fuel consumption is 8.3 litres/100km for the manual and 8.2 litres/100km for the DSG.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 scores a unique front end with bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. The LED taillights sit behind smoked lenses, while a glossy black theme is splashed across a number of panels.

The traditional circular five-spoke GTI alloy wheels are replaced by 18-inch ‘Watkins Glen’ rims. Four exterior colours will be available in Australia: Candy White, Tornado Red, Carbon Steel Grey and Deep Black.

Inside, there is a golf ball-style gear knob, seat belts with red stripes, decorative red stitching, and a number of ‘35’ inspired badges and trim inserts.

2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • Six-speed manual – $43,490
  • Six-speed DSG – $45,990



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