2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli

David Axberg
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2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli

Before you get too excited about what you see, know that there are currently no plans to sell the Golf GTI Pirelli in the United States. Having said that, you won't be missing a whole heck of a lot.

Set to go on sale in Europe this September, the GTI Pirelli is a special edition car that mirrors the "original" GTI Pirelli that was available in 1983. There were about 10,000 of those cars built, with their most distinctive feature being the Pirelli "P" on the outer edges of their fourteen inch alloy wheels.

The new Golf GTI Pirelli differentiates itself from the regular GTI in much the same way. It rolls on eighteen inch Pirelli wheels with the latest P Zero tires for rubber. The car loses the black trim found on the GTI in favor of being evenly coated in a choice of four colors. The will be one exclusive color - "Sunflower" yellow. Inside, special upholstery has a tire tread pattern; yellow stitching and Pirelli badges adorn the seats, wheel, and handbrake lever. Mechanically, the 2.0-liter FSI four-cylinder has been tuned to deliver more power-226 horsepower versus an even 200 for the regular GTI-with little-to-no fuel-economy penalty. Top speed has crept up to 152 mph.

So why shouldn't you be drooling over this special hatch from Vee Dub? Because, as any Volkswagen enthusiast will tell you, half the fun of owning a GTI is the endless potential for customization from hundreds of aftermarket suppliers. Why let Volkswagen have all the laughs?

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