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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years: Five Little Facts

The special new 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years lands in Australia this week, following its international unveiling as a concept early last year. The new birthday car made its production debut quickly after, in September, and fans here held their breath until February this year for the company's local arm to confirm an Australian debut...

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Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition getting a manual gearbox for Australia

Purists rejoice! The powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition will be available in Australia with a six-speed manual gearbox from the third quarter of 2016. The manual gearbox version will join the already confirmed six-speed DSG automatic offering. As we know, the 40 Years limited edition is the most powerful production Golf GTI to date, with outputs from its 2...


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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S breaks front-drive Nurburgring lap record

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2017 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S in, Golf R400 reportedly out
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2017 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S in, Golf R400 reportedly out

The powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, which is on its way to Australia as the GTI 40 Years Edition, will soon be outclassed by an even more powerful special. The new limited-edition model will be known as the GTI Clubsport S, and fans will get their first look at the annual Wörthersee GTI-Treffen (“meeting”) in Austria next month...


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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review

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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years pricing and specifications: $48,990 flagship here from June
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years pricing and specifications: $48,990 flagship here from June

The extra-powerful and extra-special 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition is nearing its Australian launch, and today the car maker has handed down details on what we can expect when it arrives in June. Celebrating the GTI hero’s 40th birthday, this new variant was revealed in September last year with the GTI Clubsport badge...


Skoda Octavia RS sales steamrolling along
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Skoda Octavia RS sales steamrolling along

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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race car revealed

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Volkswagen Golf Clubsport coming to Australia: 'Golf GTI 40 Years' to be most powerful GTI ever, from mid-year
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Volkswagen Golf Clubsport coming to Australia: 'Golf GTI 40 Years' to be most powerful GTI ever, from mid-year

Volkswagen today confirmed to CarAdvice that it will bring the five-door Golf Clubsport, the most powerful Golf GTI ever, to Australia around mid year. But as the Clubsport nameplate is currently used by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), the Golf Clubsport will be called the 'Golf GTI 40 Years' locally when it goes on sale here around mid-year...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...


Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car
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Volkswagen rules out cut-price sports car

German manufacturer Volkswagen will not offer a small sports car to rival the likes of the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Mazda MX-5. The brand had played on the idea of a two-seat sports car in the past, and indeed developed a concept model, the Volkswagen BlueSport concept, in 2009...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes official to celebrate 40th anniversary - UPDATE
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes official to celebrate 40th anniversary - UPDATE

When Volkswagen revealed its extra-hot Golf GTI Clubsport in May and called it a concept, fans might have expected a few changes before any leap to production. Not so, it turns out. Today, the German carmaker has revealed the final showroom version of that so-called ‘concept’, and you’d be hard pressed to spot the difference...


Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned
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Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine lights up Worthersee

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept previews anniversary edition

Fresh images of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept have been released, giving us our clearest idea yet of what to expect from the 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition that’s set to be released in 2016. Today’s images come less than 48 hours after Volkswagen initially released a pair of design sketches of the Golf GTI Clubsport concept, which is making its debut at this week’s Worthersee festival in Austria...


Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition

Volkswagen has given us an early taste of next year’s 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition by unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition is set to become the most powerful GTI since the iconic nameplate’s launch in 1976...