February 13, 2003

Chicago auto show: VW shows GTI 20th Anniversary Edition

2003 VW GTi 20th anniversary edition
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Chicago, Illinois – Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, the Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition comes to showrooms this spring, with only 4,000 being produced at a price of U.S$23,225 (Canadian price not available).

The limited-edition GTI features a six-speed manual transmission coupled with Volkswagen’s four-cylinder 1.8 T engine, and accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in just over seven seconds. The 1.8 T delivers 180 horsepower at 5,500 revolutions per minute, with a hefty 173 lbs. ft. of torque in the wide range of 1,950 to 5,000 rpm.

The sole option for this special edition is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP(R)), a system that uses sophisticated yaw and position sensors to help automatically prevent oversteer or understeer in the event of a sudden maneuver.

A lowered sport suspension, 18-inch Z-rated summer performance tires and larger, vented four-wheel disc brakes (312 millimeters by 25 mm at the front and 256 mm by 22 mm at the rear) also contribute to pulsating performance. The sporty new design of the 15-spoke alloy wheels reveals red calipers — further accenting this distinctive GTI.

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