Following a five year hiatus the iconic three-door Volkswagen Golf GTI has returned to Australia permanently - this time in a new ‘purist specification’ called the GTI Original.
As the price-leader of Volkswagen’s performance Golf range the no frills three-door GTI Original undercuts its five-door sibling by $4000 and unlike the limited-edition three-door Edition 1, the Original comes with a six-speed manual and is more than $10,000 cheaper.
Order books for the GTI Original open this week, but customer deliveries will begin in January 2018. While the level of standard equipment has been pared back slightly, that should pose no impediment to enthusiasts.
Available in red or white paint only, the three-door gets an ‘Original’ badge on the back, black 18-inch Sevilla alloy wheels with red pinstripe, sports suspension, five different driving modes, AEB with pedestrian monitoring, reversing camera, parking sensors, LED headlights and LED fog lights.
Inside, the GTI Original is fitted with familiar fabric tartan seat upholstery, a leather sports steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and 8.0-inch infotainment with DAB+, Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.
A $1600 driver’s assistance pack is the only option available which adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, park assist, automatic parking bay and parallel parking assistance, and proactive occupant protection system.
Under the bonnet, the GTI Original gets the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as the five-door and is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It produces 169kW of power at 6200rpm and 350Nm of torque at 4600rpm to the front wheels.
Although no frills, Volkswagen Australia general manager of marketing and product, Ben Wilks, says it's a GTI for purists, “the Golf GTI is one of the few mass-produced cars that can accurately be called ‘iconic,” he said.
“The GTI was the original hot hatch and the GTI Original embodies its spirit.”
The Golf GTI Original is priced from $37,490 for the six-speed manual and $39,990 for DSG models.
Golf GTI Pricing
GTI Original 3 door manual - $37,490
GTI Original 3 door DSG - $39,990
GTI 5 door manual - $41,490
GTI 5 door DSG - $43,990