Make no bones about it: the all-new, seventh-generation Golf is nigh. We’ve seen it, we’ve driven it, we’ve heard from Volkswagen itself that the car should arrive in North America in early 2014, we've heard a new GTI should follow shortly afterward.
So, how best to celebrate the demise of the current sixth-generation Golf and GTI? With special-edition models, of course – and that’s exactly what Volkswagen is launching at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
2013 GTI Wolfsburg Edition
First up is the new GTI Wolfsburg edition. Available only in four-door form and with one of three colors (Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, and Deep Black), the GTI Wolfsburg edition starts with a standard GTI and adds 18-inch Laguna-pattern wheels, which are normally only included with the Convenience and Sunroof package. Inside, Wolfsburg-spec cars gain carpeted floormats with red stitching accents and an old-school, golf ball-like shift knob.
2013 GTI Wolfsburg models will start at $25,095 (excluding destination) with a six-speed manual transmission, while cars equipped with the optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox start at $26,195. As such, Wolfsburg models run only $500 more than comparably-equipped 2013 GTI hatchbacks. Volkswagen plans on selling only 2000 examples in the U.S.
2013 GTI Driver’s Edition
After the Wolfsburg models have run their course, VW will follow up with the GTI Driver’s Edition, which launches here in the second quarter of 2013. Starting with the GTI Sunroof and Navigation package, the Driver’s Edition treatment adds the same kit applied to the Wolfsburg Edition cars. As such, GTI Driver’s Edition models will sport 18-inch Laguna wheels, golf ball-esque shift knobs, carpeted floormats with red accents, and unique partial leather seat coverings.
Pricing for Driver’s Edition GTIs –available only as four-door hatchbacks – starts at $29,695 with a manual transmission, and $30,795 with the dual-clutch. As such, buyers are paying $1150 more to own one of the 3000 Wolfsburg Edition models that will be sold in the U.S.