Volkswagen / Golf / GTI 40 Years
By STUART MARTIN
THERE’S no author laying claim to the
quote “I'm not 40, I'm eighteen with 22 years experience” but it could easily
be applied to the Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years edition.
The hot hatch
icon is celebrating its 40th birthday with the limited-run variant but its
exuberance is anything but middle-aged.
Marking the anniversary of its
humble beginnings – only 5000 units were planned for the original GTI in 1976,
but more than two million have been produced so far – the anniversary model is
the most powerful GTI yet.
Sadly, only a paltry number have made it here
in manual and DSG dual-clutch auto guise, but neither are likely to pop up in a
VW dealership new; even near-new is a long shot, given what the owners are
getting every time they slide in behind the Alcantara steering
Brattish brilliance by the bucket load, with more sporting
character and flair than the clinical but capable all-wheel-drive R, should
keep the 40 Years editions sought after and rarely found.
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Model release date: July 2016
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