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VW Golf GTI Edition 35: First drive review

VW Golf GTI Edition 35

Interesting review here of the VW Golf GTI Edition 35.

One of our favorite features of the Edition 35 is that it allows the driver to switch the stability control off completely—something the regular GTI doesn’t do. The only other thing we wish for is a real limited-slip differential. Unfortunately, VW only fits the car with XDS, which keeps the inside front wheel from spinning in turns by applying its brake. It helps keep the GTI neutral up to the limits of adhesion, but a true limited-slip would do wonders for the car’s corner exits on track. “We want to keep the GTI Edition 35 a typical Golf with the qualities of a daily driver,” explains an engineer, adding, “A limited-slip differential is something we might consider for the Golf R.”

What about the show-off credentials of the Edition 35? Unique 18-inch “Watkins Glen” wheels are standard, and painted 19-inch “Glendale” wheels are optional. The car also gets a unique lower front fascia, Recaro sport seats, red stitching on the carpet and seat belts, black mirrors, and darkened taillights.