New special edition marks 25th anniversary of Pirelli Golf
14 April 2008

We’ve already driven the new Volkswagen Golf GTi Pirelli, which revives a special edition that made its debut on the iconic Mk1 Golf 25 years ago.Originally not intended for the UK market, Volkswagen has now announced that the Pirelli GTi will be available here starting from £22,555 for a three-door model with a six-speed manual gearbox; the range-topping, five-door, DSG variant costs £24,385. The new Golf GTi Pirelli features a power upgrade to 227bhp from the standard Mk5 GTi’s 192bhp, taking the 0-62mph time down by 0.4sec to just 6.8sec. The hot Golf’s top speed is now 152mph.Various design tweaks distinguish the car from regular GTis, including unique 18-inch alloys, smoked rear lights, tinted rear windows and a choice of reflex silver, diamond black or blue graphite paintwork.The interior also gets an upgrade, featuring new half-leather sports seats with tyre-tread imprints and yellow stitching. Order books are open now, with first deliveries expected in June.

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PHB

14 April 2008

wow, 227bhp for the GTI, it's going to be even more difficult to justify the extra cash for an R32, do you guys have any clue whether the R36 Golf is on its way as rumoured on the net ?

14 April 2008

[quote PHB] do you guys have any clue whether the R36 Golf is on its way as rumoured on the net ?[/quote]

From what I understand VW have effectively cancelled any further development work on their current V6(VR6) petrol engine series due to their inherent thirstiness, and will be replaced shortly by a 4 cyl. 2 litre TFSI engine producing 280PS and a five cyl. 2.5 litre turbo(TFSI?) producing 320PS and 450Nm.

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