2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli special edition

Well, it looks like this is a kind of pan-European day of limited editions. Earlier today, we mentioned 2008 Toyota HiLux TRD and the 2009 Ford Focus special edition models, and now here comes the new 2008 VW Golf GTI Pirelli warmed-up hatchback.

2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli special edition
2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli

Alas, being essentially a repackaged VW Golf GTI Edition 30, the new spec. ed. doesn’t bring much more in terms of power, acceleration, top speed and overall bang for the buck. ‘Cause, you see, it’s mostly about the looks. And when it comes to looks, Volkswagen sometimes gets very ecstatic and even visionary throwing into the mix such revolutionary elements of design as honey-comb grilles and red accents that replace traditional plastichrome. If you think that my sarcasm is not completely justified, just take a closer look at these promotional (!) photos of the new special edition car. Do they really look particularly inspiring to you?

2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli

It is still fast, though. Just like the Edition 30, the car, VW is reporting in its press release, still sports the 230PS 2.0-liter four-pot TFSI engine, is capable of accelerating from zero to 60mph in nice 6.8 seconds and reaches the top speed of 152mph (244 km/h).

What is the real point of attraction here, it is the set of gorgeous 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with 225/40 R18 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.

2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli (interior)

The color-keyed front splitter, side skirts and rear bumper, tinted rear window and smoked light lenses provide the car with even more style and, shall we say, stronger gender identity.

Inside, you’ll find leather-clad steering wheel and hand brake lever with yellow stitching as well as half-leather sport seats with oh-so-stylish tire-tread imprints on their base and back.

The cars will arrive to UK dealerships in June with a three door model available at a price of £22,555 on the road. The five-door VW Golf GTI Pirelli equipped with a six-speed DSG gearbox will set you back £24,385.

Photos: Volkswagen

See also: 2008 Volkswagen Golf GT Sport