Volkswagen of America has announced a number of changes to its line-up, including the launch of a limited-edition Golf GTI Rabbit Edition.

Describing the Rabbit Edition as “heritage-inspired”, VW says its limited-edition model boasts 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, a black rear spoiler, LED headlamps (with an adaptive front-lighting system), black side-mirror caps, Rabbit-badged seats, red-stitched floor mats and keyless access (with push-button start).

Standard safety kit includes front assist, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. The GTI Rabbit Edition will be offered in four colours: Cornflower Blue, Urano Grey, Pure White and Deep Black Pearl.

Interestingly, all Golf GTI models offered in North America now make 169 kW (the same output offered in South Africa) as standard and furthermore gain Golf R brakes and the VAQ mechanical differential. The Rabbit nameplate, of course, was used for the first- and fifth-generation Golf in the United States and Canada.

South Africa, meanwhile, is awaiting news on the possibility of the 213 kW Golf GTI TCR – which is based on the “almost-ready-for-production” show car revealed at Wörthersee in May – making it to local shores.