The iconic Pirelli name is set to make a return to the Golf GTi range exactly 25 years after the original made its debut as the new VW Golf GTi Pirelli is launched in the UK.
Based on the MkV GTi bodyshell the new vehicle features uprated dynamics and aesthetics to distinguish it from the standard car.
At its heart is an enhanced version of the 2.0 litre T-FSI engine with its output raised from the standard 200PS to 230PS. Drive is channelled through a choice of 6-speed manual or the twin-clutch DSG gearbox. The new Golf GTi Pirelli reduces the standard car’s 0-62mph time of 7.2 seconds to 6.8 seconds while the top speed rises from 146mph to 152mph.
As with the original Golf GTi Pirelli, the new car features a set of unique alloy wheels. The modest 13” wheels fitted to the 1983 car have evolved into a set of 5-spoke 18” versions fitted with a set of 225/40 R18 Pirelli P-Zero tyres.
Body-coloured elements including the front splitter, side skirts and rear bumper are complimented by a set of smoked rear light lenses and tinted rear windows. A unique Pirelli badge mounted on the bootlid further distinguishes the new car which will be available in a choice of 3 colours – Diamond Black, Blue Graphite and Reflex Silver.
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