Golf GTI special gets a grip
- The latest Volkswagen Golf GTI has plenty of grip - and that's just from its
seats! As this picture shows, the upholstery of the new Pirelli model
features a rubber tread pattern to hold you firmly in place.
However, there's more to the newcomer than some snazzy seats and yellow stitching. Power from the GTI's 2.0-litre turbocharged FSI engine is boosted from 197bhp to 227bhp - and as a result, the 0-62mph sprint time is slashed by four-tenths-of-a-second, to 6.8 seconds.
There's also a colour-coded body-kit, as well as smoked rear light clusters and tinted windows. Unique tail-gate badges complete the changes.
This isn't the first time the brands have joined forces to produce a special edition. They teamed up to offer a Pirelli version of the original Golf GTI in 1983. It was identified by its unique alloy wheels, which featured the tyre maker's P motif.
The latest car has 18-inch alloys shod with Pirelli P-Zero rubber, and is available to order now. It's scheduled to arrive in showrooms here in June, and buyers will be offered a choice of three colours: silver, black or blue. Prices start from £22,555.