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Volkswagen golf gti 25th anniversary

It was the year Elvis died. It was the year Star Wars hit our screens, along with The Smurfs. People took to the streets to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee. 1977 was also the year the first Volkswagen Golf GTI was registered in the UK.

Twenty five years on, and in its fourth generation . the Volkswagen Golf GTI remains as popular as ever. Total UK Golf sales last year exceeded 67,000 units, with GTI models accounting for almost a quarter of these sales.

To celebrate this milestone, Volkswagen is launching the GTI 25th Anniversary. This limited edition model will be offered with a choice of two engines - a new 1.8-litre 180 bhp petrol and the 1.9-litre 150 bhp TDI PD diesel - and in three colours - Tornado Red, Reflex Silver metallic or Diamond Black pearl effect - combined with red and black 'Le Mans' cloth upholstery.

Distinctive styling will separate the two thousand, individually numbered Anniversary models from other Golfs. Outside, unique shaped bumpers and widened sills are complemented by 18" BBS alloy wheels, while a roof spoiler, 90 mm chrome exhaust, and distinctive GTI badging reminiscent of the Mk III complete the look.

In the cabin, Recaro sports seats with a GTI logo, aluminium pedals and interior trim are highlighted by red stitching which matches that on the perforated leather steering wheel and the seat belts. A golf ball-shaped gearknob is the crowning feature.

But despite all these visual cues, the Volkswagen Golf GTI 25th Anniversary retains some features standard on all Golfs. ABS with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and ESP (electronic stabilisation programme) are standard, along with twin front and side airbags. Climatronic air conditioning, remote central locking with an alarm, a dash-mounted CD autochanger and a rain sensor and automatic dimming rear view mirror are among the other highlights.

For those who wish to personalise their cars further, satellite navigation, cruise control and rear parking sensors are available as options.

On the road, sports suspension gives a GTI-style ride, while the two engines offer excellent performance. The new 1.8-litre 20 valve uses a light pressure turbo to produce 180 bhp, while a torque output of 173 lbs ft is available right through the range from 1950 to 5000 rpm. The sprint to 62 mph takes a shade under eight seconds, and the car goes on to a top speed of 138 mph.

The diesel uses Volkswagen's unit injector technology to produce 150 bhp and 236 lbs ft of torque at 1900 rpm. With a similar top speed to the petrol, this model boasts a combined fuel economy figure of 52.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 146 g/km. Both engines drive through a six speed gearbox.

  • Petrol
    • Cubic capacity: 1781 cc
    • Power output: 180 bhp @ 5500 rpm
    • Max torque: 173 lbs ft at 1950-5000 rpm
    • Gearbox: 6 speed manual
    • Top speed: 138 mph
    • 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 7.9 s
    • Fuel economy
      • urban: 24.1 mpg
      • extra urban: 43.5 mpg
      • combined: 33.6 mpg
    • CO2: 202 g/km
    • OTR Price: £18,660
  • Diesel
    • Cubic capacity: 1896 cc
    • Power output: 150 bhp @ 4000 rpm
    • Max torque: 236 lbs ft @ 1900 rpm
    • Gearbox: 6 speed manual
    • Top speed: 134 mph
    • 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 8.6 s
    • Fuel economy
      • urban: 39.2 mpg
      • extra urban: 64.2 mpg
      • combined: 52.3 mpg
    • CO2: 146 g/km
    • OTR Price: £18,640