Posted Feb 7th 2013 5:30PM
The Volkswagen booth at this year's Chicago Auto Show was filled with various special edition models of the Beetle and GTI. In addition to the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, the Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition helps to wrap up the 2013 model year as VW readies the all-new MkVII Golf next year.
Only 3,000 of the GTI Driver's Edition models will be released in four-door body style only, and the available colour palette will be limited to just Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray and Deep Black. The package will come standard with the GTI's Sunroof and Navigation package, and it will add unique features such as the 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a golf-ball shift knob, partial leather seats and red-stitching on the carpeted floor mats. Buyers of this package will also get a certificate of authenticity and some GTI swag such as a hat, keychain and parking sign.
Hit the jump to check out Canadian pricing and release date.
Related Gallery2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition: Chicago 2013
Starting price for the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition is US$29,695 with the six-speed manual and US$30,795 with the DSG in the US market.
Feeling a little jealous North of the border? Not to worry, VW Canada will be launching the 2013 Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition late Spring 2013. The Wolfsburg will be similarly equipped to the US GTI Driver's Edition, but sports a cooler retro name.
Pricing for the Canadian market is $32,775 for the 6-speed manual and $34,175 equipped with DSG Dual-clutch transmission. Tack on $1,395 for PDI and you're ready to hit Canadian roads.
The US press release for both limited-edition GTI models follows below:
VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LIMITED-EDITION GTI MODELS
-Acclaimed hot-hatch receives two new trims to close the 2013 model year
-Wolfsburg Edition with six-speed manual starts at $25,095
-Driver's Edition with six-speed manual starts at $29,695
Herndon, VA / Chicago, - Volkswagen announced today that it will offer two limited-edition models for the GTI for the 2013 model year. The GTI Wolfsburg Edition and GTI Driver's Edition will be offered in limited quantities for the final model year of the sixth-generation hot-hatch. The limited-edition models are available in four-door guise only and are offered in three colors-Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, and Deep Black.
The first to go on sale is the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, which will be in dealerships during the first quarter of 2013. Featuring the well-equipped GTI's standard trim, the Wolfsburg Edition adds 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a retro-themed golf ball shifter knob, and red-stitched carpeted floormats. The Wolfsburg Edition will start at $25,095 for a six-speed manual transmission version or $26,195 when equipped with a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. There will be a total of 2000 Wolfsburg Edition models.
Arriving early in the second quarter of 2013 is the GTI Driver's Edition. This takes the GTI Sunroof and Navigation package and adds the 18-inch aluminum-alloy Laguna wheels, a golf ball shifter knob, red-stitched carpeted floormats, and partial leather seat coverings. Just 3000 units will be sold in the U.S., priced from $29,695 with the manual transmission and from $30,795 for the version with the six-speed DSG gearbox.
Every GTI Driver's Edition buyer also receives a Certificate of Authenticity along with a special package of GTI gear that includes a hat, keychain, and parking sign.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen of America's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen of America sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Golf R, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.