After a dismal showing with the Mk4 Golf GTI, Volkswagen made a stunning return to form with the 147kW/280Nm MK5 GTI. Touted as one of the most groundbreaking hot hatches ever made, the MK5 moved the hot hatch game forward in leaps and bounds and left its rivals scrambling to catch up. Then, in 2007, two years after the MK5 was released and the GTI’s competitors were starting to find their feet, Volkswagen revealed the 169kW/300Nm Pirelli Edition.
Featuring a detuned version of the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Audi S3 8P and Mk6 Golf R, the Pirelli benefits from a larger turbocharger and forged internals. The Pirelli Edition engine was detuned so that the front-wheel-drive could handle and use the extra power in all weather conditions. Happily, for buyers looking to gain more performance, a simple ECU tune will unlock an additional 20% power and torque.
Aside from subtle badging and bespoke 18inch wheels, the exterior of the Pirelli Edition remains virtually unchanged from the standard Mk5. On the inside, however, it is a different story. The standard tartan pattern seats have been replaced with unique San Remo microfibre leather sports seats with the Pirelli tread pattern stamped down the centre.
Price $20,500 Location Wellard, Western Australia Mileage 84,000km
Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli Edition
6 speed DSG Dual Clutch Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbocharged 4 cylinder
169kW/300Nm / 0-100km/h 6.6sec
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