The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine found under the bonnet produces 195kW all day every day, but that output can jump as high as 213kW and 380Nm for 10 second intervals, using a unique function that pumps more turbo boost into the engine to give it a quick power-up when needed.
Pricing for the GTI 40 Years with a manual gearbox is $46,990 – a full $2000 less than the DSG auto version with its $48,990 price-tag.
Distinctive features for the 40 Years model include a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a unique rear bumper with diffuser, two-piece rear spoiler, tinted taillights, larger exhaust tips, black wing mirrors, ‘honeycomb’ upholstery, an Alcantara steering wheel and red interior stitching.
That’s on top of upgrades found in the Golf GTI Performance model that includes a tricky limited-slip differential, larger brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels and adaptive suspension.
Standard equipment covers more or less everything you can get in a Golf, including adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking and blind spot monitoring. The only optional extra is a panoramic sunroof for $1850.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years is available to order now through Volkswagen.