Life be­gins at 40

Wheels (Australia) - - Showroom -

There’s noth­ing like a cel­e­bra­tion, es­pe­cially when it’s com­bined with a hot hatch. VW has its hands full sort­ing out the Dieselgate scan­dal, but found time to cre­ate a 40th an­niver­sary edi­tion of its leg­endary Golf GTI.

Key is a more pow­er­ful ver­sion of the 2.0-litre turbo. Power jumps to 195kw (up from 162kw in the reg­u­lar GTI and 169kw in the GTI Per­for­mance), with an over­boost func­tion that ups that to 213kw – more than the 206kw peak in the all-wheel-drive Golf R.

The GTI 40 Years also gets big­ger brakes, a dif­fer­en­tial lock, ad­justable dampers and 19-inch al­loy wheels, as well as new bumpers, black mir­rors, an op­tional black roof and var­i­ous ac­tive safety fea­tures.

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