Designed to celebrate four decades of the Golf GTI since 1976, the Golf GTI 40 Years edition follows special-editions to mark 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of the iconic German hot hatch, but it won’t go by its European name, Golf GTI Clubsport, in Australia because HSV owns that nameplate here.
The GTI Performance’s limited-slip differential is on-board, and – again like the GTI P – the new variant will be offered as standard with a six-speed DSG transmission. Volkswagen Australia is working to get a manual added to the range, but timing and pricing for that option is still to be confirmed.
Aside from the mechanical enhancements, the GTI 40 Years edition will come with a bespoke bodykit with a new front bumper bar, larger air intakes, and a two-piece rear spoiler that provides “significantly” increased downforce at speed.
Inside, the cabin decor is spruced up to match, with honeycomb seat upholstery, decorative inlays, and an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and door trims. There’s also red stitching, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard.