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The eagerly awaited Volkswagen GTI Edition 35 may not after all, be coming to North America. According to an insider at Volkswagen of America, the U.S division is not interested in the GTI Edition 35.
This special edition GTI will come with a sporty front end, wheels and interior, as well as an extra 25-hp making a total of 235-hp in the hatchback.
This VW was created to celebrate 35 years of the GTI, however the car has only been in the U.S for 30.
Volkswagen of America said they don’t feel the need for this version to boost sales. Furthermore, the dropped air dam is too low for American roads. Many enthusiasts can do without the bumper revision, however the extra horsepower is what will truly be missed by many in the U.S.
Stay tuned for more info!
[Source: Car and Driver]
Volkswagen‘s hot new ‘Edition 35‘ version of the GTI will make the jump across the Atlantic, pleasing performance junkies and Vee-Dub fans across the nation. Recently unveiled at the 2011 Worthersee Tour GTI meet, 35th anniversary edition of the original hot hatch may not arrive right away… and it might get a name change too.
The reason for the changes has to do with the fact that the GTI hasn’t been on sale here for 35 years. Rather, it will only be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012. That being said, look for an ‘Edition 30′ model soon with the requisite badge changes on the fenders and seats.
Rest assured, however, the car will come with the rest of the goodies, including the 235-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter!
GALLERY: VW GTI ‘Edition 35′
[Source: Car & Driver]
Two very special birthdays are about to be celebrated with the legendary Volkswagen GTI turning 35 as well as 30 years of GTI owner meetups. The double anniversary will be celebrated in some very special ways.
The 235-hp GTI Edition 35 can be ordered now, and the 440-hp all-drive VW Motorsport Golf24 will compete in this year’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (23 to 26 June).
VW enthusiasts are assembling for the biggest Golf GTI Meet ever recorded in Wörthersee held from June 1st to 4th.
Because of this very special double anniversary that a second Golf race car will be presented to fans in a debut at Wörthersee. The remarkably restored 1977 Golf GTI 16S really is a unique car. It may be a classic but this 1.6-liter non-turbo engine can produce 215-hp to the crankshaft and will be raced in the 24-hour Classic (3-hours for distance) that will be held before the main event.
The Golf 16S comes equipped with Bilstein shocks, a 5-speed manual sequential racing transmission, and an 80-liter fuel tank. KWL Motorsport has rebuilt a first generation Scirocco that won two class victories at the 24h classic at the Nürburgring. However this year, the race allows engines with up to 2.0-liters. The VW drivers Patrick Simon and Heinz Stuber are hoping for a third consecutive win for VW after winning in 2009 and 2010.
The limited production Golf GTI Edition 35 produces 235-hp, 25-hp more than the “regular” GTI, and will utilize the engine of the all-wheel drive Golf R.
Over 200,000 VW fans are expected to attend the meet in Wörthersee, making it the largest VW meet ever!
Volkswagen has just announced a new ‘Edition 35′ version of the original hot hatch, the GTI. Celebrating three and a half decades since the first GTI launched back in 1976, this new model gets unique front and rear bumpers and custom wheels. There’s also special ’35′ badging on the fenders, door sills and on the seats.
Vee-dub enthusiasts will also appreciate the added, power, with the 210-hp 2.0 TFSI engine from the standard GTI now putting out 235-hp.
The car will officially debut at the annual Wörthersee GTI meet on June 1st. On sale in Germany this summer, Volkswagen has yet to announce if a 35th anniversary edition GTI will be sold in the U.S.