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Click above for high-res gallery of the Golf GTI Pirelli
The Golf GTI Pirelli is back (but only in the UK right now). Celebrating its arrival after a 25-year absence, the Pirelli-themed Volkswagen hatchback features an enhanced version of the 2.0-liter T-FSI powerplant boosted to 230 PS (about 227 hp). Power is sent to the front wheels through a traditional 6-speed manual, or VW's very nice twin-clutch DSG gearbox. The added 30 horses over the stock VW GTI
drops the sprint time to 60 down to just 6.8 seconds and raises the hatchback's maximum speed to 152 mph.
Differentiating itself from the standard GTI, the Pirelli version features a front splitter, side skirts, smoked rear lenses and tinted windows. Of course, it also gets 18-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels wrapped in, you guessed it, Pirelli P-Zero tires. The Pirelli theme is carried to the interior with custom yellow-stitched sport seats and tire-tread imprints in all four seating positions. With a few added mechanical upgrades, several exterior enhancements, and a lot of interior branding, the GTI Pirelli package appears to be a slick package. That is, assuming you don't tire
of it. (Oh, come on, we just had to say that.)
After checking our archives, we noticed that Volkswagen actually previewed the GTI Pirelli at the Wörthersee show
last year, and we're happy to report that the spokes on each wheel are still exaggerated versions of the letter 'P'
Gallery: Volkswagen GTI Pirelli
Gallery: VW Golf GTI Pirelli
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