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by George Skentzos

Update: Read our Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli Review

Volkswagen has unveiled its most powerful GTI model yet with the new special edition Golf GTI Pirelli which made its official debut at the Australian International Motor Show.

Pirelli has a long history of producing special edition models with VW ever since the ‘Original Pirelli’ arrived on the UK market in 1983.

As you may have already guessed, the GTI Pirelli gains unique 18-inch Titanium-look Pirelli wheels shod in the latest generation of P-Zero ultra-performance tyres.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli edition

In anticipation for the next-generation Golf, the current GTI Pirelli boasts a power output of 169kW and 300Nm over the standard GTI’s 147kW.

This upgraded Turbo-FSI propels the GTI Pirelli to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 6.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 245km/h.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli edition

This performance is achievable every time thanks to the standard six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).

Following Pirelli’s mantra that “power is nothing without control”, the GTI’s chassis, brakes and ESP combine for a well-balanced safety package that can perform masterfully on the track.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli edition

Body coloured bumpers and side skirts set the Pirelli model apart from the normal GTI along with unique branding featuring the Pirelli signature.

The interior boasts anthracite coloured lateral supports, seatbacks, head restraints and centre armrests which are upholstered in leather and offset by yellow stitching.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli edition

The centre seat panels do away with the regular tartan pattern and are replaced with anthracite micro fibre with a tyre tread pattern.

“Pirelli” equipment features also include heated seats, electrically adjustable lumbar supports in front, and all-leather centre armrest in the rear.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli edition

Available in both three and five-door body shapes, the Golf GTI Pirelli is priced from $47,490 and $48,990 respectively.