THE most affordable Golf GTI of this decade can be ordered as of this week from your Volkswagen dealer.
Greetings from Queensland. When I was invited to be a Volkswagen dealer back in 2008, one of the first cars I had my backside into was a Golf GTI – a limited edition Pirelli, if my memory serves me well. And what a sensational car the Golf GTI was and still is. Back in the day, the power output wasn’t what it is today, but there was still a 3-door available. As the demand for the 3-door dropped, Volkswagen concentrated on the 5-door and upped the power to today’s 2?? Kilowatt Golf GTI R edition.
So why have Volkswagen Australia re-introduced the 3 door? Arguably there’s a bit more competition around for small high powered sports hatches. Hyundai is about to release their i30 N hot hatch, Ford are doing well with their Focus RS, Nissan’s 370Z Nismo is going ok, and the Toyota/Subaru twins are still selling well.
So with an RRP price of $37490 in manual, Volkswagen is able to re-attract hot hatch enthusiasts back to the fold. In dealerships, salespeople will still be able to offer upgrades all the way from that entry price of $37490 all the way past the R ($52990) to the Wolfsburg at $59990. But remember that these prices are still plus on-road costs and dealer delivery which take the entry level to about $42,000 and $65,000 respectively.
So here’s the press release from Volkswagen in their own words.
“Responding to demand, a variant with three doors and minimal embellishment, the Golf GTI Original arrives in January priced at $37,490 for the six-speed manual and $39,990 for the DSG version.
The Golf GTI Original is a variant that customers have called for since the release of the Mark 7 generation Golf GTI in 2013. The GTI Performance Edition 1 (part of this year’s Golf 7.5 revamp) brought back the three-door shape, albeit in a highly-specified, DSG-only limited run.
By contrast, the GTI Original provides not only an accessible entry point to the range, it satisfies the purist who maintains that a “true” GTI should be near to unadulterated.
To that end, the GTI Original is available in red or white only with the sole option of a Driver’s Assistance pack at $1600. Otherwise, it features:
- 3 Door body
- Clark tartan upholstery
- Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB) and pedestrian monitoring
- 18″ Sevilla alloy wheels, black with red pinstripe
- Leather sports multi-function steering wheel
- Sports suspension
- ‘Original’ badge on tailgate
- Driving profile selection
- 8 inch infotainment system with App-Connect
- Air Care dual zone climate control air conditioning
- LED headlights for high and low beam
- LED front fog lights
- Rear View Camera (RVC)
- Parking distance sensors with manoeuvre braking, front & rear
- Driver fatigue detection system
- Alarm system with interior monitoring
“The Golf GTI is one of the few mass produced cars that can accurately be called ‘iconic’,” said Ben Wilks, Volkswagen Australia’s General Manager of Marketing and Product.
“The GTI was the original hot hatch and the GTI Original embodies its spirit.”
|GTI Original manual||$37,490|
|GTI Original DSG||$39,990|
|GTI (5 door) manual||$41,490|
|GTI (5 door) DSG||$43,990|
|GTI Performance Edition 1||$47,990”
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