Special Edition Volkswagen Golf GTI 380 to Celebrate Manual Transmission

Volkswagen of America recently introduced the 2024 Golf GTI 380, a special equipment set standard on every 2024 manual-transmission GTI.

Available exclusively in the North American market, this special-edition build combination celebrates the heritage of the manual transmission during the final year of production for manual-equipped Golf GTI and Golf R, the company said.

“The GTI 380 conveys our appreciation for the enthusiasts who have continually demonstrated their love for the manual-equipped GTI for over four decades,” said Petar Danilovic, senior vice president of Product Marketing and Strategy for Volkswagen of America.

The “380” name comes from the Mk8’s internal model code. It’s a nod to the fourth-generation GTI 337 special edition, sold in 2002, which borrowed the internal model code from the Mk1 GTI.

In the same spirit, the GTI 380 incorporates design and performance-enhancing elements and pairs them with an exclusive color to bring a special equipment set to every manual-transmission trim for 2024—S, SE and Autobahn. The package includes standard DCC adaptive damping system and multi-spoke gloss black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels—from the Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition—wrapped with summer performance tires, the company said. A gloss black painted roof pairs with gloss black mirror caps and the classic red exterior detailing of GTI. Colors for the 2024 Golf GTI include Deep Black Pearl, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, Moonstone Gray, and Opal White Pearl, along with Graphite Gray Metallic, which is exclusive to the GTI 380.

Inside, the GTI 380 pays homage to the history of GTI with a golf-ball inspired manual shift knob—present on every generation of GTI—and honeycomb accents, Volkswagen designers said. S and SE trims feature classic Scalepaper Plaid cloth seats; Vienna leather seating surfaces come standard for the Autobahn trim and are optional on the SE trim.

GTI 380 trims are powered by a turbocharged EA888 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. The 2024 model is the last Golf GTI to be offered with a 6-speed manual, Volkswagen said, while the 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission will carry forward on future GTI models and on the Golf R.

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