The day has finally arrived for the Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 to go on sale. This vehicle was introduced at the Wörthersee GTI meeting last June. Dealerships could now take orders but deliveries will start this October. It is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers 235 hp (an extra 25 compared to the standard GTI) at 5,500 rpm.
It even has 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque at 2,200 rpm. The front-wheel-drive hot hatch could go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h).
The Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 features a new bodykit that has new side skirts and a revised front bumper.
It also gets bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, lightweight 18-inch ‘Watkins Glen’ alloy wheels that are finished in ‘Dark Steel’ or silver, an Edition 35 badge on the front wing, gloss black door mirror casings, rear windows with 90% tinted glass and rear tinted LED lights.
The interiors have ‘35’ signatures on numerous elements, as well as a red stripe on the seatbelts and the GTI ‘golf ball’ gearknob, which is available for either the manual or the double-clutch DSG transmission.
Prices for the GTI Edition 35 start at £27,525 (RRP OTR) for the manual three-door model. There is a £1,295 premium for the DSG gearbox and £585 for five doors.
When it comes to the safety reserves of a chassis, there is always a need to consider the car’s physical handling limits, which is typically uncovered when driven to the extreme. Thus, the physical handling limits of the new VW Golf GTI are unveiled when it is piloted by drivers like Hans-Joachim Stuck, a former F1 driver and an endurance race world champion. Just by driving the VW Golf GTI in Hockenheim, Nürburgring, or in the "Maritime Alps," Stuck should be able to analytically describe why this vehicle boasts of a driving level at par with more expensive sports cars.
Stuck remarked that during the drives, it immediately became apparent how precise the car is in tracking steering inputs, which is reflected in its driving quality. He also noted that the chassis has no hints of body roll, adding that the GTI’s quasi lack of roll and pitch allows for a safe driving behavior. Stuck remarked that the GTI is not only stiff in terms of handling but is also comfortable, thanks to the electronic damper control of the new DCC system that provides an ideal synthesis of comfort and handling.
The latest generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with a sport chassis which has lowered front and rear ends (minus 22 millimeters and 15 millimeters respectively). VW also re-tuned the car’s springs, dampers and rear stabilizers. The new VW Golf GTI features strut-type suspension, helical springs and telescoping shock absorbers on the front axle, and multi-link suspension on the rear. VW also provided the new VW Golf GTI with a durable braking system with red painted brake calipers.
Interestingly, the new Golf GTI is the VW vehicle that employs the XDS electronic transverse differential lock that could enhance traction and handling. It serves as a functional extension of the electronic limited-slip differential (EDS) already integrated in the GTI’s ESP system.
When the XDS electronics senses that the inner wheel on the GTI's driven front axle is insufficiently loaded while negotiating a curve or a corner, the ESP hydraulics would build up braking pressure on that wheel in order to re-establish optimal traction. This means that XDS could compensate for the understeering typical on front-wheel-drive vehicles during cornering.