Volkswagen is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Polo GTI by unveiling a limited edition model, the Polo GTI Edition 25 and it will be produced in South Africa.
This limited-edition vehicle pays tribute to the introduction of the iconic GTI badge on the Polo in 1998 and showcases the evolution of the sporty compact car over the years. With a powerful engine, sporty design elements, and exclusive features, the Polo GTI Edition 25 promises to differentiate itself to the standard model.
The Polo GTI has a rich history, starting with its introduction in 1979 as the GT variant of the first Polo product line. It wasn’t until 1998, with the third generation Polo, that the iconic GTI badge was adopted. Over the years, Volkswagen has continued to refine and enhance the Polo GTI, capturing the hearts of enthusiasts. Noteworthy iterations include; the limited production first Polo GTI in 1998, the 132kW Cup Edition in 2006, and the 141kW powerhouse in 2014. The latest sixth-generation Polo GTI, built on the modular transverse matrix platform, offers groundbreaking technology, exceptional strength, and superior crash safety.
Underneath its stylish exterior, the Polo GTI Edition 25 is motivated by a formidable two-litre TSI engine generating 152kW and 320Nm. This front-wheel drive Polo GTI Edition 25 can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds. The specially tuned sports suspension, combined with the electronic differential lock XDS, contributes to excellent driving dynamics, enhanced traction, and precise handling characteristic of GTI models.
The Polo GTI Edition 25 stands out with its classic GTI aesthetics, featuring red brake callipers, trim strips, and a honeycomb design on the radiator grille. In addition, the special edition model is equipped with exclusive features such as 18-inch Adelaide alloy wheels in Black Glossy, a black roof, and black exterior mirrors, creating a sporty and dynamic look. Inside the cabin, premium sports seats adorned in perforated black-red leather with stitched GTI logos provide a luxurious touch.
Glossy black decorative trim with red GTI lettering further accentuates the interior’s sporty ambience. A ‘One of 2500’ logo on the sill panel trim serves as a reminder that this model is part of a limited production run. The Polo GTI Edition 25 is available in GTI colours Pure White, Kings Red Metallic, Reef Blue Metallic, Smoke Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect, as well as Ascot Grey.
The Polo GTI Edition 25 is equipped with advanced technologies. IQ LIGHT LED matrix headlights with Dynamic Light Assist and LED daytime running lights ensure optimal illumination of the road. The multifunction sports steering wheel is in leather, featuring paddles and the ’25’ logo. The Polo GTI Edition 25 features a streamlined instrument layout and comes standard with the infotainment system Ready2Discover, featuring a high-resolution eight-inch display for seamless connectivity.
The Polo GTI Edition 25 will be available for order in Germany starting from June 1, with a price tag of €35 205 (roughly R740 000). Considering the GTI is produced exclusively in South Africa, this limited edition Polo will also roll off the Kariega production line. However, it is available exclusively for European and Japanese markets which are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hot hatch – South Africa only received the later iterations after the 1998 model joined the Volkswagen line-up.
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