GTi Edition 35 Mk6


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Volkswagen Golf GTi Edition 35

In 2002 we saw the 25th Anniversary Mk4 Golf, followed by the Edition 30 Mk5 in 2006. 2011 sees an amazing 35th year of Volkswagen Golf production and thus the Mk6 GTi Edition 35 is born. It comes in 3 or 5 door versions with a 6 speed manual or VW's super smooth 6 speed DSG box.

Performance

Let's cut to the chase. The first thing you want to know is the top speed, bhp and 0-60mph. Well, the GTi Edition 35 doesn't disappoint.

Top speed is listed at 153mph, falling just shy of the European standard 155mph electronically controlled limit.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produces a healthy 235 PS at 5500rpm, that's nearly 25bhp better than a standard GTi.

Finally the all important 0-60mph drag. Both the manual and DSG versions are listed at 6.6 secs, just 0.9 secs behind the 270 PS Golf R.

The Edition 35 still returns a respectable 25.9mpg (10.9 ltr per 100km) on the Urban cycle, 44.1mpg (6.4 ltr per 100km) on Extra Urban and a combined figure of 34.9mpg (8.1 ltr per 100km). CO2 emissions are 189g/km, making it Band J Road Fund Licence.

Trim

The Edition 35 stands out from the GTi crowd by adding a unique body kit, sporting 'Watkins Glen' 18" 'dark steel' coloured alloys, Gas discharge Bi-Xenon headlamps with daytime running LED's, the classic golf ball gearknob, RCD310 cd/radio with Multi Device Interface (MDI) for iPods or USB sticks, seat belts with red trim stripes, '35' kickplates, black decorative inlays to the dash and interior door trims and finally very attractive 'Titan black Vienna' half leather sports seats.

As usual, Volkswagen's got just the right combination of 'look at me' without being 'in your face' the way a Focus ST might shout for example.

The drive

If you've ever owned or driven a 230 PS Mk5 Edition 30 against a normal 200 PS Mk5 GTi you'll know that up to 5000rpm they feel very similar. You'll also know that 5000rpm + makes the Edition 30 fly.

The same can be said for the GTi Edition 35 when compared with its standard GTi stable mate. 5000rpm up to the red line produces a beautiful rasp from the oppositely mounted chrome ended twin pipes. The 35 really surges ahead at this point proving the uprated EA113 2.0-litre turbocharged engine (also used in the Golf & Scirocco R) really cuts the mustard.

The 'Sports' suspension and standard 225/40/18 wheels and tyres gives the best compromise between ride quality and excellent handling. The optional 19" wheels with lower profile 225/35's look the part but add to the solid ride.

Although the extra power is still transmitted through the front wheels rather than the 4motion system in the Golf R, the traction control/ESP system and electronic diff deal with it well, giving a shore footed drive with minimal torque steer. The electro-mechanical speed dependant steering provides just the right feedback from the road surface providing you with a feeling of reassurance whilst still conveying the cars limits.

Pricing & Options

The Edition 35 3 door manual starts at £27,525 on the road, rising to £29,405 for the 5 door DSG.

Significant options include 'Watkins Glen' 18" alloys in silver (no cost option), 19" Black 'Glendale' alloys at £575, White, Red or Black paintwork at no cost and 7 metallic colours at a £465 premium.

A 'Dynaudio' sound pack will set you back £370 and the very popular RNS 510 DVD touch screen Sat Nav will add £2065.00.

The GTi Edition 35 is open for ordering now from your local Volkswagen Retailer

Our rating

Like the editions before it, Volkswagen has the knack of turning an already highly rated GTi into something just a little bit more special. The '35' trimmings give it a sparkle of quality while keeping the sports feel. The extra bhp gives you the confidence to overtake safely on the open road while being just as happy to purr round town or do the school run in style.

We say 9.5 out of 10.

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