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2023 VW GTI 40th Anniversary Edition revealed with all the performance features

Volkswagen says it will offer a GTI 40th Anniversary Edition model when it reveals what new for the 2023 model yearand now we can finally see it.

This particular model marks 40 years of GTI in the US (not the world), and it’s an exclusive model for our market. This package is sure to appeal to enthusiasts who want all the performance options in a compelling visual package. It starts with the basic S trim, but adds DCC adaptive dampers, speed-sensitive steering, unique 19-inch wheels and summer performance tires normally reserved for the row Autobahn trim. head. It also starts at $34,150 for the manual, thousands of dollars cheaper than the $40,000 Autobahn trim. If all you want is performance and looks, then this Anniversary Edition model looks like a sweet deal.

The looks pack put together by VW is a neat thing. Two exclusive paints color available, including Tornado Red (pictured) and Urano Gray. Also optional (but not model-specific) are Opal White Pearl and Pomelo Yellow Metallic. All Anniversary Edition models will have a black roof with black mirror caps. The decal on the door sill has a honeycomb design and the number “40” to mark it as Anniversary Edition. The 19-inch wheels we mentioned earlier are the same as what you’ll see on standard European GTIs, and they also have red stripe accents around the outer rim.

2023 VW GTI 40th Anniversary Edition

On the inside, you’ll get a “40” pin on the bottom center of the steering wheel. Plaid seats are standard, and if you have the manual you get a golf ball-inspired gearshift knob instead of the new square knob on the regular GTI. The DSG-equipped models — priced at $35,950 — have the same adapter that looks like a beard trimmer.

Volkswagen said it plans to sell about 1,500 cars in the 40th anniversary edition. It will go on sale sometime between the model year.

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