Extra-hot Golf GTI Pirelli is back

* Power raised to 225bhp * Manual or semi-auto gearbox * Prices from 22,555...

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Jim Holder
14 April 2008

Extra-hot Golf GTI Pirelli is back

Volkswagen is launching a high-performance version of its Golf GTI to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Golf GTI Pirelli special-edition car.

The new car is based on the current Golf Mk5 GTI bodyshell but features a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 225bhp, 28bhp more than the standard unit. That reduces the 0-62mph time from 7.2sec to 6.8sec and increases the top speed from 146mph to 152mph. It comes with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or high-speed semi-automatic unit.

Other features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a body-coloured front splitter, side skirts and rear bumper, half-leather sports seats, and tinted rear windows. The car will also feature a Pirelli badge on its rear.

The car is available as a three- and five-door model, costing from 22,555.

However, buyers eager to haggle are recommended to concentrate on standard models as discounts will be higher.