What is it?
Five years after Volkswagen launched the Golf GTI Edition 30 to mark the 30th anniversary of its iconic hot hatch, it has pulled another limited edition model out of its birthday hat. The Edition 35 is essentially the Mark VI version of the earlier car, but if that's not enough to get your juices flowing, it's also the most powerful production Golf to wear the GTI badge.
That title comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that develops 232bhp - a 25bhp improvement over the standard GTI. However, unlike the Edition 30, the latest car features a diluted version of the 267bhp four-cylinder motor used in the all-wheel-drive Golf R rather than a tweaked version of the GTI's powerplant.
The additional power is still fed only to the front wheels, and is responsible for an improved 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds and a slightly higher top speed of 155mph. Other than the new engine, the rest of the car's mechanicals are identical to the GTI, which includes a choice between the standard six-speed manual and the optional dual-clutch DSG automatic.
While the chassis might be indistinguishable from its sibling, Volkswagen has ensured that the Edition 35 gets enough styling garnish to separate it from standard. The front bumper features a new lower splitter which looks good, and the flanks get sill extensions which don't. The car also receives a set of new 18-inch alloys as standard, the all-important golfball gear knob inside and is liberally shot-blasted with '35' badges.