While everyone knows the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been around since 1975, what seems to have slipped away in the mists of time is that between the legendary MkI and the MkV of 2005, the GTI really wasn't taken that seriously.

Thankfully, VW saw the error of its ways and restored the famous badge back to hero status with the three-door MkV GTI of the mid-noughties.

Every since then, the GTI has been tweaked and fettled with every passing generation – and this mid-life freshen-up of the MkVII Golf is no exception.

Volkswagen Australia grabbed the opportunity to whip the covers off an updated version of the Golf GTI and Golf R this week in western NSW, as well as revealing a new, limited edition model known as the Performance Edition 1, or Performance 1 for short.