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The 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition Celebrates the Birth of the Hot Hatch

The fabled original hot-hatch, the Volkswagen GTI, turns 40 next year


  • Only 1,500 will be sold in the US.

  • It goes on sale in mid-2023.

  • Canadian details coming soon.


The Volkswagen Golf GTI was originally launched in Europe in 1976 which will make it 47 years old in 2023. North America had to wait seven years for the GTI but we forgive Volkswagen today. One reason is that they will introduce a commemorative 40th Anniversary Edition next year to mark the birthday.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

The Volkswagen GTI has and remains one of the best sport compact hot hatchbacks in the world. The new MK8 GTI might not be without a few flaws, one of which will be fixed, but it’s still an incredibly appealing package and a wonderfully spirited daily driver and has been for 40 years in North America.

“The limited-production 40th Anniversary Edition model offers our North American enthusiasts a dose of heritage along with everything they love about the Mark 8 GTI,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy, at Volkswagen of America.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

The 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition will be available in four exterior colors: Urano Grey and Tornado Red (unique to the 40th Anniversary Edition) will be joined by Opal White Pearl and Pomelo Yellow Metallic. The car will roll on 19-inch gloss black multi-spoke alloy wheels with red pinstripes, feature a gloss black roof and mirror caps, and “40” elements inside and out.

Only 1,500 will be offered for sale in the US. Pricing is set at $33,055 for manual transmission models and $33,855 for automatic transmission.

Volkswagen Canada is working on their press release with details on this special model. We will share it when it becomes available.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen
2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen
2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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