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11 October 2006

The Short Version: Volkswagen will offer limited edition models of the GTI in Lamborghini Orange, the GLI in Lamborghini Yellow, a “Triple White” New Beetle Convertible and a Wolfsburg Edition Jetta (built in Mexico no less). : )

Our take: Volkswagen is looking to spice things up a bit with new special limited edition models and a Wolfsburg Edition special package model. First are the “Fahrenheit” Edition GTI and GLI. The GTI comes with Lamborghini Orange pearlescent paint which looks far, far better in person (and in the sun in particular) than the photos here suggest. Inside you’ll find the same orange accents and stitching on the steering wheel and shift boot. The GLI on the other hand comes in Lamborghini Yellow pearlescent which also looks quite a bit better in person than in these photos. However it also looks a bit Taxi Cab to us in a standard three-box format, but we’ll cut VW some slack here to have the cojones to offer such a color. At only 1,200 units for each of the GTI and GLI these will be fairly rare cars in the grand scheme of things. Both cars come well-equipped with DSG only on the GTI and both DSG and manual offered on the GLI. If you add up the equivalent options on a regular GLI or GTI without the paint or interior accents you’re paying less than $100 more for the special edition model. If eye searing colors are your thing, the Fahrenheit editions will definitely fit the bill. Expect the Fahrenheit GTI to arrive first quarter of 2007 and the Fahrenheit GLI during second quarter of 2007

The Triple White New Beetle Convertible on the other hand is a no-brainer. When you see it in person it looks so right on this car that you can’t help but wonder what took VW so long to offer it. It looks great, particularly parked next to an original aircooled version. Outside of keeping the white seats clean (good luck!) this is a great looking New Beetle Convertible – look for it in dealers in Spring of 2007.

The Wolfsburg Edition Jetta is the final special edition model follows a long line of special option package Wolfsburg Edition models. Starting with a base 2.5l engine it includes a bundle of special equipment that will save you roughly $2000 and is available in Silver, White, Black and Platinum Gray. The new Wolfsburg Edition should be available in November of 2006.

While special edition models in general tend to be almost a cliche in the automotive industry, VW is at least offering a few interesting ones in limited numbers that will likely find some very happy owners.

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Volkswagen of America Press Release:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – For 2007, Volkswagen will offer a lineup of special edition models with unique characteristics to create excitement in showrooms and individuality among owners. The Wolfsburg Edition Jetta, Fahrenheit GTI, Fahrenheit GLI and Triple White New Beetle convertible will build on the already great features of the standard versions of these models, with elements and design cues exclusive to these special editions.

The Wolfsburg Edition Jetta is a 2.5 L Jetta with a “Wolfsburg” badge, leveraging the brand’s German heritage. Special features include 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leatherette seats, cold weather package and monster floor mats. With manual transmission, this special edition is $19,360; automatic transmission is $20,435, representing a $2,000 value when compared to a similar equipped Jetta. The Wolfsburg Edition Jetta is available in the following color schemes: silver with anthracite trim; white with beige trim; black with beige trim; black with anthracite trim; and platinum gray with art gray trim.

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The Fahrenheit GTI introduces a unique, energetic exterior color – Fahrenheit orange – to this sporty, high performance hatchback. Each of these 1,200 models will come with a Fahrenheit badge and its unique limited edition number on a three-spoke perforated leather steering wheel, adding to the car’s individuality. This special edition offers European sport tuned suspension; 18-inch “Charleston” alloy wheels; “Fahrenheit” badging; heated leather sports seats; a sunroof; orange interior trim; orange stitching on the floor mats, DSG® boot, brake handle and steering wheel; and optional Sirius Satellite Radio. This special edition model is $27,665.

Similar to the Fahrenheit GTI, Fahrenheit GLI introduces a splashy color to the GLI lineup. The GLI special edition offers the same additions to the powerful model as the Fahrenheit GTI, but with an exclusive Fahrenheit yellow exterior and yellow trim and stitching in the interior. The manual transmission model is priced at $27,880 and the automatic at $28,955. The Fahrenheit GLI will also only be available in 1,200 special edition models.

The Triple White New Beetle convertible offers a new color combination that has strong ties to the legendary original Beetle. With Campanella white exterior, white interior and a white convertible roof boot, the Triple White is available with automatic transmission for $25,990. Each of these 3,000 special editions also offers 17-inch alloy wheels, a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, white leatherette seats, white leatherette center armrest, black carpeting, floor mats and door panels, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.




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