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2013 Chicago Auto Show: 2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's and Wolfsburg Editions

2013 Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?
2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition and Wolfsburg Edition

What's Special About It?
The Volkswagen GTI gets two new special editions for 2013. The Wolfsburg is a familiar name from Volkswagens past and is pretty consistent with those cars. For an extra $300 above the standard GTI ($25,890 manual, $26,990 DSG), you get special 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, red stitched floor mats and a golf ball shifter indicative of old GTIs. Though it wasn't on display here in Chicago, VW America Product Manager Andres Valbuena said it should feature a small fender badge like past Wolfsburg editions.

One would guess that the Driver's Edition would offer additional sport-tuned mechanical elements or be stripped down in some way to make it more of a "driver's" car. One would be wrong, however, as the Driver's Edition is actually a Wolfsburg with more luxury equipment, including leather upholstery and all the equipment from the GTI's Sunroof and Navigation package. Perhaps it should be called the Passenger Edition. Either way, it starts at $29,950.

Only 2,000 Wolfsburgs and 3,000 Driver's Editions will be sold for 2013. Both are four-door only.

Edmunds says: The 2013 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition follows a long line of special editions of the same name. The Driver's Edition seems poorly named.

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