2010 VW Golf GTI adidas review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 15 May 2010 , 19:05:27 byVeronica

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VW Golf GTI adidas

Available in three and five door versions, the Golf GTI Adidas is fitted with 18-inch "Serron" alloy wheels and newly designed sport seats, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights and also special logos on the B-pillars.
Inside, the car gets special interior accents in aluminum and fabric floor mats with decorative borders.
The special edition Golf GTI Adidas comes in 4 color options: "Candy White", "Black Uni", "Tornado Red" and the metallic "Oryx White".

To the point: Golf GTI-Meet at Worthersee 2010:

World premiere of the GTI adidas and GTI Excessive
Golf GTI adidas: Customised Golf GTI launches in June

Flashback: Golf GTI 1 and Golf Citi Mk1 as tributes to their origins

There are automobiles, and then there are automotive icons - classics with a glorious past and an exciting future. The Golf GTI is such an icon. Over 1.7 million have been sold since the car's debut in 1976. In just the sixth year after the launch of the Golf GTI, its community of fans had grown so large that it sought a common platform, or to put it simply an event, to talk shop, showcase and drive the GTI. That is how the GTI-Meet in Reifnitz at Worthersee came into being in 1982. Since then, fans have been meeting in the Austrian state of Kärnten for five days of Mardi Gras in May. It is already time to meet again. One of the traditional highlights: unveiling of the new GTI variations. Debuting as world premieres this year are the Golf GTI adidas - an exclusive model whose sales will launch in June - and the Golf GTI Excessive, a concept car implemented in a stylistically refined motorsport look.

The new Golf GTI adidas and the GTI concept car will be accompanied by two GTI classics: the first generation Golf GTI (1976) and the Golf Citi Mk1 - a last edition, limited to 1,000 units, of the first generation Golf whose production has just been phased out in South Africa. Volkswagen Classic is bringing these two icons to Worthersee. Its motto: GTI history meets GTI present and future.

Golf GTI adidas: Starting in June, three of the world's most recognised German badges - Volkswagen, GTI and adidas - will for the first time meld into a combined product as the Golf GTI adidas. The essential fact is that the GTI's technology and styling - and its interior customised in the style of the adidas brand - all produce a real dynamic mix. And so the Golf GTI adidas is likely to attain collector's status very quickly, given the histories of today's classic cars in the mould of the two Golf Pirelli GTIs (1983 and 2007) and the Golf GTI Edition 30 (2006).

Like each of these icons, the new Golf GTI adidas will also launch with wide-ranging customised exterior and interior features. They include newly designed 18-inch "Serron" alloy wheels and a specially developed sport seat design. As on the Golf R, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights are aboard as standard equipment.

Golf GTI Excessive: Every year at the GTI-Meet at Worthersee, Volkswagen surprises fans with breathtaking concept cars. In 2007, it was the GTI W12-650, in 2008 the Golf Estate RaVe 270 and in 2009 the Golf GTI Worthersee 09. In 2010, Volkswagen is presenting the Golf GTI Excessive in Reifnitz. This concept car illustrates the great design potential of the Golf GTI.

Key components here are the add-on parts styled in high-gloss black piano paint. The focus here is on extreme precision in the definition of shapes, radii and straight lines, as though cut with a razor blade. The add-on parts themselves are slender and light on the one hand, yet noticeably stable as well; they appear as though carved from a single block. Add-ons around the front spoiler, side sills and rear diffuser (which lights fire-red when braking!) are visually styled as so-called splitters; they are aerodynamically optimised air diverting elements that originate from motorsports. Never before have splitters been transferred to a production model with such high-end precision as on the Golf GTI Excessive. Will these add-ons make it into the catalogue of Volkswagen Original Accessories? That is up to the fans!

Golf GTI adidas - The Most Exclusive GTI of the Modern Era

New Golf GTI adidas debuts as world premiere at Worthersee
Most exclusive GTI with new wheels, new seat design and full range of features

Starting in June, three of the world's most renowned German badges - Volkswagen, GTI and adidas - will for the first time meld to form a combined product: the Golf GTI adidas. Volkswagen is presenting the most exclusive Golf GTI of generation VI in a world premiere at the legendary GTI-Meet at Worthersee (12 to 15 May in the Austrian Reifnitz). The Golf GTI adidas is likely to attain collector's status very quickly, given the histories of today's classic cars in the mould of the two Golf Pirelli GTIs (1983 and 2007) and the Golf GTI Edition 30 (2006).

Like each of these icons, the new Golf GTI adidas can be recognised by a special alloy wheel design. In this case, it is the 18-inch "Serron" wheel, named after a Finnish race course. The wheel exhibits five machine-polished U-shaped dual spokes; the areas between the spokes are painted in high-sheen black.

Moreover, the Golf GTI adidas - available in three and five door versions - is identified on its exterior by standard bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights and smoked LED rear lights. Special logos on the B-pillars also identify this car as an exclusive model.

Inside, the black-red sport seat system was customised in the joint venture with adidas. Its inner seat panels consist of fabric in GTI-adidas design and sport the matching logo as well; lateral seat supports are upholstered in leather; interior designers executed the double cap seam of the head restraints in "Flash Red". On the backs of the front seats, which are heated and height-adjustable, there are storage pockets for stowing smaller items and magazines, while the folding backrest of the rear seats is equipped with a combined centre armrest and pass-through to the bootspace.

Colour-contrasting door tread plates (front), special interior accents in aluminium, fabric floor mats with decorative borders and - in versions equipped with the 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) - a gearshift grip in the golf ball design of the first generation GTI, complete the customised features of the GTI adidas. Of course, this GTI also offers standard features such as a RCD 210 audio system, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), 2-zone automatic climate control (Climatic) and the Light & Sight pack (includes Coming Home light, rain sensor and automatically dimming rearview mirror).

In the selection of exterior paints offered on this exclusive model, Volkswagen returns to the roots of GTI history: white, black and red. Customers can choose from the GTI-specific hues "Candy White", "Black Uni" and "Tornado Red". An optional fourth colour is also offered: the metallic paint "Oryx White".

Like all Golf GTIs, the Golf GTI adidas also offers the sport chassis - highly praised by many independent reviewers - which delivers extremely impressive performance with an electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) and GTI-specific ESP tuning. This is a 240 km/h GTI that excites with its 155 kW / 210 PS turbo engine and yet consumes only 7.3 litres Super lead-free per 100 kilometres (0.7 l/100 km reduction). It is a GTI that outputs audible dynamics through its dual tailpipe exhaust system (one tailpipe each, left and right). It is a GTI that transfers the tradition of the original version to the future. The Golf GTI adidas will launch in Germany and first European markets at the beginning of June. Shortly thereafter it will be exported to Australia and the USA.