Pirelli Lends its Name to Volkswagen for a GTI Comeback

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Nearly twenty five years since its enormously popular predecessor was first unleashed, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be differentiated from its brethren by everything but the Pirelli name. Volkswagen and Pirelli have teamed up once again for the high performance hatchback, and will be showcasing the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli shortly after the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Distinguished by its unique aesthetic appeal and precise mechanical specifications, The Golf GTI Pirelli was revealed to media and aficionados at its world premiere on May 16th. The advanced showing took place at the international GTI meeting in Wörthersee, Austria.

The Golf GTI Pirelli will be shod with rubber from the P Zero range, in 225/40 size. The Pirelli tyres will be fitted to 18-inch 5P Pirelli light alloy wheels, with the P Zero theme extended into the interior of the car with styling inspired by the Pirelli tyre’s tread pattern. The aesthetically appealing P Zero Pirelli’s have not only been specifically chosen to enhance the appearance of the high performance hatchback, but to aid the 230hp direct injection turbocharged engine tucked away under the VW Golf’s bonnet. The turbocharged engine is capable of speeds above the 200 km/h mark, and boasts an impressive acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli will be available in four colours and comes in both three and five door versions. If the new VW Golf GTI is going to be as successful as its predecessor, it is going to have to sell over 10,000 in its first six months. The original VW Golf GTI Pirelli, available in 1983, is considered by many to have been a milestone in the development of high performance compact cars and Pirelli, no doubt, is pleased to lend its name to Volkswagen for the second instalment.


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