Power jumps by 25bhp to 232bhp over the standard car, and torque rises by 7 percent, although the 2.0-litre TSI engine is a detuned variant of the unit seen in the Golf and Scirocco R models, rather than an evolution of that found in the current GTI. Apart from a tweaked exhaust actuator, there are no other mechanical changes.
Exterior trim upgrades include black gloss wing mirrors, front splitter and rear diffuser, plus side skirts from the R and new 18in wheels (with a 19in option) in place of the standard car’s 17-inchers.
In the cabin there are ‘35’ embroidered tartan seats (leather and part-leather upholstery are likely to be optional), honeycomb dash inserts, and a retro golf ball-style gear lever in both manual and DSG examples.
Those new design details add a little more aggression to the car’s image, while the various ‘35’ badges contribute a limited edition feel.