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VW to produce 3,000 Rabbit editions of its Golf GTI in 2019

The Golf family will welcome a new member in 2019, as Volkswagen will produce a limited edition of the GTI carrying the iconic Rabbit nameplate. Only some 3,000 units of the special edition will be built.

We contacted Volkswagen Canada to try to pin down how many of those units will be reserved for the Canadian market, if any. No word on that yet, but as soon as know more we will be providing that info!

We know the special edition will ride on gloss-black aluminum alloy wheels 18 inches in diameter. The model’s exterior will also get a spoiler and side-view mirrors in the same paint finish. Buyers will have four exterior colour choices: blue, grey, white or black.

Edition-exclusive carpeting and distinct logos integrated on the seats will reinforce the message that this is a “collection” item. The car also gets adaptive LED lights (turning in the direction of the steering wheel) and keyless entry.

Mechnically, as we mentioned there shouldn’t be any changes to what’s offered in the Golf GTI. The Rabbit edition thus gets the same 2L 4-cylinder turbo engine with an output of 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions should also be available parts of the product offering.

As for the Rabbit name, it of course holds special significance for Golf and VW fans. It was first advanced by the company at the start of the 1980s in North America, and more recently it was used when the fifth generation of the Golf was introduced. The model reverted back to the simpler Golf nameplate with the debut of the sixth generation.

The current generation of the ever-popular Golf is the model’s seventh.