Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will bring the most powerful production Golf GTI ever, the Golf GTI 40 Years Edition (also known in Europe as the Golf GTI Clubsport, pictured) to local showrooms in June this year with an attractive $48,990 retail price.
Boasting more power than a Golf R - 213kW with overboost (active at full throttle for ten seconds at a time), 195kW without - and just as much torque (380Nm), the front-drive Golf GTI 40 Years Edition will be one of Volkswagen's fastest road cars ever sold here.
A quick-shifting six-speed DSG automatic will be standard-fit, however thanks to the absence of all-wheel drive the GTI 40 Years Edition won't be able to match the Golf R for standing-start acceleration.
It accomplishes the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds against the R's 5.0 seconds. Still plenty swift for a hot hatch however, and only 0.1 seconds faster than a Renault Megane RS275 Cup Premium.
But unlike the Megane RS Cup Premium, the GTI 40 Years Edition - which will not only come with a six-speed automatic as standard, but will sell with a sub-$50k retail sticker
The value equation gets even sweeter when you consider the 40 Years Edition will cost just $2500 more than the Golf GTI Performance, despite having 26kW more power and 30Nm more torque - not to mention unique bumpers, a large-diameter exhaust, tinted LED tail lights, red contrast stitching, adaptive cruise control and deeper side skirts.
The brake package is also bigger, the 19-inch alloys boast their own unique design, electronically-adjustable suspension is standard, there's a locking front differential and a two-piece hatch spoiler.
The steering wheel also gets wrapped in grippy Alcantara and the upholstery sports a unique honeycomb pattern.
Want one? Perhaps get in early with your order. Volkswagen Australia says the Golf GTI 40 Year Edition will be available in "limited numbers", but has yet to put a solid number against that.