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News Volkswagen Says Goodbye to Stick-Shift Golf With 2024 GTI 380 Edition

Volkswagen Says Goodbye to Stick-Shift Golf With 2024 GTI 380 Edition

Black trim is VW's goodbye to the six-speed

  • GTI 380 name is a reference to car’s chassis code

  • Last year of six-speed cars for fast Golf models


Volkswagen has just announced some good news and some terrible news for buyers of the Golf GTI. The good is that every 2024 manual-transmission model will be a special Golf GTI 380 edition. The terrible is that there won’t be a stick in 2025.

We’ll start by talking about the new model. The 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI 380 is named for the internal chassis code used for the current Golf. VW did a similar thing 20 years back when it launched the GTI 337 special edition which used the internal code for the first ever GTI.

GTI 380 comes with gloss black 19-inch wheels, a gloss black roof, black mirror caps, and a graphite grey paint job. There are some actual performance upgrades, including standard adaptvie damping and “summer performance tires.” The pack will be applied to all stick-shift cars, including the S, SE, and Autobahn trims.

Volkswagen will give the GTI 380 a golf ball shifter, and the lower spec models will get its classic plaid seat fabric. The 241 hp 2.0L turbo-four carries over.

Yes, you read that correctly up top, Volkswagen USA is confirming that this will be the last year of stick-shift production for the GTI as well as the Volkswagen Golf R. The automaker didn’t talk about the reasons for the change, but they will no doubt have enthusiasts up in arms and seriously missing the six-speed option for both models. We only wish the goodbye was more than some black trim.

Farewell, three-pedal GTI. You shall be missed.

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