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 2.0-litre engine measuring 195kW/380Nm (up from 162kW/350Nm in the regular GTI, and 169kW/350Nm in the GTI Performance).
Furthermore, an overboost function liberates 213kW for about 10 seconds, making the front-wheel drive Golf GTI 40 Years even more powerful (albeit for brief moments) than the Australian-detuned AWD Golf R (206kW/380Nm).
The Golf GTI 40 Years incorporates some of the best technical features of the Golf GTI Performance, including larger brakes, front differential lock, unique 19-inch ‘Ruby’ alloy wheels and adaptive chassis control.
You also get a bespoke body kit including new bumpers with larger air intakes and a two-piece rear roof spoiler for added downforce (claimed). There’s also a black side stripe on the body.
The interior gets unique anniversary ‘honeycomb’ seat upholstery featuring the GTI logo and decorative inlays, plus Alcantara-covered steering wheel and door trim inserts.
Other highlights include large diameter exhaust tailpipes, darkened LED tail-lights reminiscent of the Golf R, adaptive cruise control, front assist with AEB and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear traffic alert. A sunroof is a $1850 option.
The Golf GTI 40 Years in manual form will cost a recommended retail price of $46,990 plus on-road costs while DSG-equipped variants will cost $48,990. This makes the manual $6000 more than a base GTI, and $500 more than the DSG-only GTI Performance.
Incidentally, don't be surprised if these performance numbers point to the Mk8 GTI...