Although a new Gen VII successor will arrive here next year, VW is planning to send the current GTI out on a high note by introducing a pair of limited-edition variants that were unveiled in Chicago. Both will be based on the 5-door body style and be available in Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, and Deep Black. First to hit the showrooms will be the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition. On sale this spring and confined to 2,000 units, it boasts 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a retro-themed "golf ball" shifter knob and custom red-accented floormats. Fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission the GTI Wolfsburg Edition will start at $25,890, while vehicles equipped with the 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic will open at $26,990.
For those who can wait a bit longer, VW will follow up early in the second quarter with a more richly equipped -- and pricer -- GTI Driver's Edition. Building on the Wolfsburg Edition kit, it adds the GTI Sunroof and Navigation package and partial leather seat coverings. It also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity plus a special GTI swag set that includes a hat, keychain, and parking sign. VW will bring 3,000 GTI Driver's Edition models to America. Pricing will start at $30,490 with the DSG-equipped variant commanding $31,590.
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