VW Golf GTI Edition 35 review - What is it?

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  • Price from £27,000 (est)
  • Limited production run
  • On sale late 2011
What is it? No hot hatch has a longer, more illustrious history than the mighty Golf GTI. It’s been thrilling drivers for the past 35 years, and to celebrate that anniversary, Volkswagen is offering this limited-run model, the Edition 35.

It has all sorts of styling tweaks to mark it out from other GTIs. There’s a redesigned front bumper, beefier side sills, glossy black mirror housings, darkened rear windows and tail lights, plus an LED-illuminated numberplate. The whole lot sits on top of new 18-inch alloy wheels.

You’ll also notice a '35' badge on each front wing, and you’ll see plenty more inside the car – namely on the sill plates, head restraints and the backrests of the seats.

The big news, though, lies under the bonnet. The Edition 35 has a new detuned version of the Golf R’s turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. This still gives 25bhp more than the standard GTI’s, and 15lb ft more torque.

VW Golf GTI Edition 35 review - What’s it like to drive?

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