It’s hard to believe, but the famous GTI hot hatch has made it into 30 years of production after the release of the original 1976 version. To mark the occasion, Volkswagen has released a production version of the GTI Edition 30 concept car that was unveiled several months ago.

Sticking to the concept car's specifications, the GTI Edition 30 gets a 230-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter four found in the regular GTI, mated to either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Performance is improved, with a 0-62 mph time of just 6.6 seconds all the way to a top speed of 150 mph.

Visual differences over the standard GTI include new body-colored side skirts, a chin spoiler as well as unique front and rear bumpers. Tinted taillights, 18-inch alloys and a small GTI badge finish off the exterior styling. Inside, the car comes with new sport bucket seats with leather trim and "Edition 30" labels throughout.

Sales of the new car start in January for Europe, and the limited run of 1,500 units rule out the chances of a U.S. release.


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