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Info is from my well trusted source in WBurg, had to e-mail herr informer to see what the news was, and the word is, that it is the "base concept" for the anniversary model,actual car build detail still not finalised (Thank ****) so keep your fingers crossed folks...........

Production currently pencilled in to start week 38-40.

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They have produced a few design studies previously to gauge reaction from the public. The Golf Speed model followed soon after in Germany and was almost identical to the initial car which was produced.

As for the wheels I think VW has taken account of the whole BBS warranty issue related to the MK4. Hence the black Monza's which I can't say I am fond of.

The car has an "individual" plate surround. I think this is the "bespoke" scheme available in Germany. So maybe it is not the final car or perhaps these are just options to be available on all GTI's under the individual scheme? However since we don't have this in the UK it seems more likely we will get the edition 30 car with all these options.

It's a shame there isn't a close up photo of the plaque on the stand or under the bonnet. I'm interested in how the 230ps upgrade is being achieved. Think the MK4 anni had a different turbo amongst other changes(as well as the 6 speed box). The "180" GTI model soon followed the MK4 anni so I think at some point the 230ps car will be part of the range with possibly the 200ps car being discontinued.

I think the European 30th anniversary date is next month so I'd expect an announcement soon.

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...Really? For a 30th? The only other prototypes I have seen for a 30th have been of the photoshop/ here's my max power GTi that I'm passing off as a 30th!

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It can't possibly have those ridiculous looking black Monzas on it, surely. They make it look like a silly boy's Civic. Don't get me wrong - I love the standard 18" Monzas, but painted black? Sorry, VW - the deal's off!

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...Really? For a 30th? The only other prototypes I have seen for a 30th have been of the photoshop/ here's my max power GTi that I'm passing off as a 30th!

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....I meant prototypes for any design exercise (like that one they did in Lambo orange with colour coded interior trim etc) and not only for the 30th. 169144-ok.gif

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I don't think a single one of us, so far, likes those black Monzas! I wonder if anyone at VW reads our Tyresmoke posts.

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i don't HATE the black Monzas... but i don't LOVE them either!

would like to see them on a different colour car... Diamond Black? DBP?... definitely needs a metallic/pearl paint to set off the flat black wheels.

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i don't reckon that's it.... some half-ersed belgian effort, no more

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What brings you to that conclusion ?

As it origins from a german site ...

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sorry , getin confused from the original post... all i'm saying is i'd be suprised if it ended up lookin like that.. just looks a bit naff compared to the final original gti product

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phew! and there I was worrying that I hadn't waited for the 30th anni edition... buttcheeks.gif

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I quite like all of those little changes, except the wheels.

I wonder if the MY07 RCD300/500 has any new capabilities -- there is an awful lot of chrome on there now! Not what you could call subtle anymore.

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http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/volkswagen_news/article_1760.shtml

Volkswagen has shown a 30th Anniversary GTI "study" this past weekend at "Golf Record Day" an enthusiast event in Germany that previously broke the world record for most Golfs in one place - over 5,800.

VW has only released two meager photos but you'll be able to find more in the forum link below. Likewise details on the car are minimal at best and are only available in German at this point, but we do have some information we can pass along.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the GTI in Germany. Next year marks the 25th Anniversary of the GTI in the United States so what you see on the German-model 30th Anniversary car will also likely be seen on the U.S. 25th Anniversary GTI coming next year.

Details/changes from the regular GTI include:

- body painted front and rear valances with body painted side skirts

- taillamps borrowed from the new R32

- anniversary badging

- the black 18" wheels shown in the photos are *NOT* the actual production wheels. Rumors say we'll see a 19" BBS looking wheel.

- red stitching on the steering wheel

- red GTI badge on the steering wheel

- Golfball DSG shift knob (connected to a six-speed DSG unit of course)

- 230hp 2.0T FSI

- leather bolstered seats with Interlagos plaid inserts

There are several important things that have come out of this study. The German press has been reporting that Volkswagen would be bumping the horsepower of the 2.0T in the GTI and GLI to 230hp or so. We now have confirmation of that. Along with the horsepower bump there have been rumors that Volkswagen is working on a new electronic torque sensing differential to go with the additional horsepower. The electronic diff is necessary to effectively put power to the ground and is electronic so as to ensure that the differential plays nice with all the various electronic systems (ABS, ESP, ASR, etc., etc.). Volkswagen isn't officially mentioning the differential at this point so we'll have to keep our fingers crossed and wait and see.

The final specification of the U.S. 25th Anniversary GTI is being worked on so color choices, pricing and final features are still up in the air. We'll of course pass along any information VW gives us as we receive it.

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Extremely informative, interesting and helpful post, Carn 169144-ok.gif169144-ok.gif. I'm naturally curious who you are because you sound as if you have inside knowledge and it's great if 'insiders' read our very valid real-world GTI driver feedback.

The electronic diff sounds very good. I think that Quaiffe are experts in this field and anyway, it bodes well for the Mk6 one day.

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I quite like the black Monzas, and the rest of the bits like the gearnob and red details complete the full 80's look (if that's what you want)

The problem is, well it's not really a problem is that the standard Mk V GTI does a very good job of ressurecting an icon anyway.

Most GTI's of old never really had anything that harked back to the glory days, that's why the anni's always looked so good. Personally I think the mk V is as true as it needs to be, in both drive and looks. 169144-ok.gif

It will look good though, you wait and see.

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I really like those R32 smoked rears.

Looks like they copied my Holly Valance! grin.gif.

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Very informative, thank.

I like the idea of the electronic diff, however I really can't see it making it onto the MKV with them already trying to cut production costs.

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Doesn't the GTI have an electronic diff anyway? EDL...

Anyway, what the **** have they done to the GTI? They produce a stunning car as standard and then make that as the "special model" frown.gif The alloys (whether they stay or not) look so awful it's incredible, the radio (is that really the MY07 one?) looks like it's been chavved up, the red stitching on the steering wheel...oh dear lordy, I just don't know what to say!

Abolsutely everything on that car, apart from the rather lovely seats, looks after market add-on to me. Now I have no problem with after market add-ons, but a factory car just shouldn't look like that!

The power increase is nice though, but when you can goto Morego and pay far less to get more power and still maintain a warranty, well it doesn't increase the appeal for the GTI imho...

Such a shame, VW could have done something special with this!

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Electronc Diff!

Oh feck, just think Focus RS!

The worst motor I have ever driven, for wandering all over the road, and as for over taking, they played a safer game in Midnight Express!!

That should be interesting though,making the thing "driveable"

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the radio (is that really the MY07 one?) looks like it's been chavved up,

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Yes it is, have a look in the VW chat part of the forum for a post were i ask about the MY07 changes.

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Electronc Diff!

Oh feck, just think Focus RS!

The worst motor I have ever driven, for wandering all over the road, and as for over taking, they played a safer game in Midnight Express!!

That should be interesting though,making the thing "driveable"

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I know what you meen my mate Mike use to have an RS before he got his GTI, but iirc it was a mecanical LSD on the RS not electronic theres a difference.

Funny about that as his Escort RS turbo from the 80s did the exact same thing with its lsd. lol.

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I don't think a single one of us, so far, likes those black Monzas! I wonder if anyone at VW reads our Tyresmoke posts.

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I would not think so, they may read secialist sites with GTI in there name or Golf etc but Tyresmoke sort of caters for all so unlikley i would expect. But you never know.

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I think the European 30th anniversary date is next month so I'd expect an announcement soon.

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Ive had it in my sig for ages wink.gif

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i gotta say, i quite like the wheels, they're growing on me

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