What is it?
As you would expect of a car called edition Pirelli, this is a VW Golf that is all about tyres. In fact, it’s the first time the exotic Pirelli P Zero has been seen on a relatively humble hot hatch (it was originally conceived for cars with 400bhp or more).
Other than the posh set of boots, the GTi Pirelli gets bespoke alloys (the spokes of which are in the shape of the Pirelli logo), a bespoke ‘Sunflower’ paint job, and tyre tread patterned upholstery. Otherwise, it’s basically an Edition 30 Golf GTi, which means lower, stiffer suspension and a 30bhp power hike over the standard car.
What’s it like?
Much like the Edition 30 on which it’s based, the Pirelli feels like a bit of an opportunity wasted. The extra turbo punch and the flat torque curve are great, but the lowered ride height spoils the fluidity of the standard GTi’s chassis.
The cosmetic tweaks are a bit of a mixed bag, too. The alloys, with their Pirelli logo spokes, are genuinely natty, but the rest of the styling add-ons aren’t quite so successful. The blanched yellow paint job is okay, but somehow it isn’t quite as garish as you’d hope. The tyre-tread pattern seats are somewhat of an acquired taste, too, although they are at least comfy and supportive.