ALL the signs are pointing to the Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years model becoming an instant classic.
Only 500 examples of the VW Golf GTI 40 Years will come to Australia, 100 are manual. Buyers have almost already exhausted supply of the $46,990 manual and there is also massive interest brewing for the $48,990 automatic.
Why? Well this is the most powerful and the fastest production Golf GTI ever produced.
The differences are more than just a sticker pack. Apart from the badging and 40 Years side decal, the glossy black honeycomb inserts in the lower air intake are a pointer to its ability. Front air fins replace fog lights, two-piece rear spoiler, and the unique bumpers at both ends ensure it receives the most changes to a limited edition model ever.
There are only three colour options, white or red with a black roof, along with metallic carbon steel.
And then there's the powertrain. This is essentially a front-wheel drive version of the much-lauded Golf R which has a retail price of $52,740.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine generates 195kW at 5350rpm-6600rpm (213kW overboost) and peak torque of 350Nm at 1700-5600rpm (380Nm overboost).
When on boost, this anniversary model actually produces seven more kilowatts of power than the "R" model - which incidentally is also about 60kg heavier with a manual box (78kg with the auto).
You can really feel that extra shove from the overboost which comes into play above third gear when you flatten your foot.
It hangs on remarkably for a front-wheel drive, with the electronic mechanical differential lock enabling the driver to maintain higher cornering speeds while the steering remains predictable. Understeer, which is when the car slides and fails to turn, is virtually non existent.
Pirelli P Zero tyres offer impressive grip, and they get a workout in the bends as the Golf shifts power to the outside wheel under high load.
Volkswagen has thrown some kit at the anniversary model, with 19-inch alloys, 16.5cm colour touch-screen, eight-speaker CD stereo, full Bluetooth functionality along with smartphone mirroring apps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an impressive array of safety equipment like radar cruise control, driver fatigue detection, rear view camera, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert and an emergency braking function which can help avoid or lessen a frontal accident.
There is only one option, $1850 for the panoramic sunroof.
Model: Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years.
Details: Five-door five-seat front wheel drive performance hot hatch.
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol generating 195kW @ 5350rpm-6600rpm (213kW overboost) and peak torque of 350Nm @ 1700-5600rpm (380Nm overboost).
Transmission: Six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic.
Performance 0-100kmh: 6.3 seconds.
Consumption: 7.1 litres/100km (combined average).
Bottom line plus on-roads: $46,990 (m), $48,990 (a).