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Happy 35th Birthday to the King of hot hatch!

By SYF77 on 28 May 2011

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Volkswagen is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the introduction of the original Golf GTI this year. To commemorate this special occasion, the German carmaker has unleashed a special version, named “Edition 35”. As with the “Edition 30” launched in 2006, the latest anniversary model benefits from an upgraded and more powerful engine as well as discreet styling tweaks that differentiate it from the standard Golf GTI.

The GTI's 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine is tuned to deliver an extra 25 horsepower from the regular 210 hp unit. The increase in output should improve the hot hatch’s performance, but Volkswagen has not yet revealed any official figures. It simply states that the car will be more fun to drive. The changes on the outside include new bespoke alloy wheels, blacked-out headlights and taillights, darkened rear and tailgate windows. Other external revisions include glossy black finish on the grille and mirror caps. In addition, the headlights also feature LED daytime running lights, and the front fenders are adorned with “35” plates.

In the interior, the “Edition 35” motive is also present on the door sills, the head rests and the center of the seats. The latter sport a fabric upholstery that has a honeycomb-like pattern instead of the standard model's tartan theme. Another change is the golf ball-shaped gearshift lever. The VW Golf GTI Edition 35 is already available for order in Germany with a starting price of €30,425, with first deliveries expected in mid June.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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