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2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition

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A red 40th Anniversary Edition GTI is parked on pavement near sunset.
The Fortieth Anniversary Version is a limited-edition GTI with stickier tires.
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The VW GTI has formally reached center age. To rejoice its birthday, VW is launching a different Fortieth-anniversary restricted version model of the recent hatch referred to as the — you guessed it — Volkswagen Golfing GTI Fortieth Anniversary Version, which it introduced on Tuesday.

You’ll be capable to inform the particular version except an ordinary, lawn selection GTI due to a couple of particular design cues. The principle and most blatant distinction would be the external colour. Whilst the particular version can be to be had in 4 colours, two are distinctive to the Fortieth-anniversary version: Urano Gray and a vintage GTI colour, Twister Pink. The opposite two colours are Opal White Pearl and Pomelo Yellow Metal.

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Past the particular colours, the Fortieth Anniversary Version will get different design tweaks like doorsills with particular “40” badging in a honeycomb-like design, plus an illuminated grill with a pink stripe throughout it; a Fortieth-Anniversary explicit black-painted roof, black reflect caps. It’s rolling on distinctive gloss black 19-inch wheels with pink pinstripes, wrapped in summer season efficiency tires borrowed from the not-for-the-U.S. Golf GTI Clubsport 45.

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Inside there’s a “40” badge on the steering wheel, honeycomb interior accents, classic plaid cloth seats, and a golf ball-inspired knob for the shifter on manual models.

Those hoping for more power with this special edition are out of luck. The 40th-anniversary edition is powered by the same 2.0-turbocharged I4 with 241 and 273 lb-ft of torque as other GTIs. As in the standard GTI, you can pair that with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission with VWs Tiptronic shifting.

While a lot of special edition cars break the bank, this one doesn’t seem to do that. Pricing for the 2023 VW Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition starts at $34,150 for the manual; the DSG will set you back $34,950 including a $1,095 destination fee.

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If you want one, you’re going to have to act quickly though. VW is only making 1,500 of the 40th-anniversary edition divided up between manual and DSG models. It goes on sale later this year.