Golf GTI Gets Birthday Suit

Thu 18th May 2023

The iconic Golf GTI has received a perfect birthday present, to celebrate its 25th year of thrilling motorists, a special new look, with exclusive features and options.

When it debuted in 1979, the GT model of the original Polo product line caused quite a commotion. However, it wasn't until 1998 and the third iteration of the Polo that the iconic three letters were permitted. Volkswagen capped production of the first Polo GTI at 3,000 units and shortly thereafter announced that the model was sold out. The subsequent GTI version appeared in 2006, several years later. The 132-kilowatt (180-horsepower) Cup Edition was a real treat for fans because it resembled the racing vehicles used in the Polo Cup.

The fifth generation was introduced in 2010: the 1.4-liter TSI engine with turbo and supercharging was a hit with GTI enthusiasts and won over new admirers as well. The 2014 successor was formidable: the brand new TSI engine provided 141 kW (192 PS) and maximum speeds of 236 km/h.

The Polo continued to evolve, as did the GTI tradition: the sixth iteration of the Polo, which debuted in 2021, established new benchmarks for compact cars. It was based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which represents technological advancement across all product lines in addition to high body strength, exemplary low vehicle weight, and excellent collision properties.

Visually, the new special model emphasises its exceptional status: It has the iconic GTI appearance, with red brake callipers and trim strips, a honeycomb pattern on the radiator grille, and chrome-plated tailpipes. In addition, the Polo GTI Edition 25 has a variety of other exclusive equipment features, such as 18-inch Adelaide alloy wheels in Black Glossy, a black roof, and black exterior reflectors, which all contribute to its sporty appearance. Standard interior features include premium sport seats upholstered in perforated black-red leather with embroidered GTI insignia and glossy black decorative trim with red GTI lettering. The "One of 2500" logo on the sill panel ornamentation will serve as a reminder to owners that their vehicle is limited in number. In addition to Pure White, Kings Red Metallic, Reef Blue Metallic, Smoke Grey Metallic, and Deep Black Pearl Effect, Ascot Grey is also available for the Polo GTI Edition 25.

The Volkswagen Polo GTI has been praised throughout its history for its agile handling, potent performance, and practicality. It has evolved to satisfy the needs of driving enthusiasts seeking a versatile and sporty compact hatchback. Offering a thrilling driving experience in a compact and practical vehicle, the Polo GTI continues to be a popular choice in the hot hatch segment.