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Volkswagen GTI: A History in

Our first drive of the Euro-market GTI 35 sent us rummaging through our for photos and info on the history of pocket rocket. We thought share.

1976 Volkswagen GTI

Conceived by a small group of under the “Sport Golf” name, the original Golf GTI is engineered from the corporate bin. VW uses components the Audi 80/Fox GT, including its 1.6-liter engine, now with injection. The result: 110 hp at 6100 rpm to only 1800 pounds or so, translates into a 0-to-60-mph of 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 110 mph. approaches the territory of contemporary premium sedans, and in the speed- and market, it turns the automotive upside down.

The GTI leaves a It is not cheap, and it becomes a preferred of transportation for the urban elite in London, and Frankfurt. It’s be black. The GTI sparks a flurry of models, but none of them the class-transcending image of this VW, decidedly is not a “people’s car.” For the model year, it gets bumpers and a fuel-consumption gauge—not to be with a plain old fuel of a water-temperature gauge. The first of political correctness?

In 1982, VW launches its first and aims to give the new technology a image boost by naming it the With GTI colors, a similar and wider fenders, the GTD is a legitimate model of the GTI—and a lot of fun to drive in its own The GTI’s red stripes are replaced silver for the GTD.

1983 Rabbit GTI

For the 1983 model VW launches the Rabbit GTI, alongside the regular Rabbit at its Pennsylvania, production site, the U.S. market its first of the three magic letters. Its engine makes 90 hp. We praise its engine and polished manners.”

Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli

The second-generation Golf is around the least in Europe. VW launches a “Pirelli” edition on the Continent for a car which today enjoys a following. It’s set apart by its headlights, tinted glass, steering wheel, and, of the characteristic Pirelli wheels.

Jetta GLI

The Jetta, the “Golf a backpack,” comes with the GTI as well—but without the GTI moniker, is reserved for the Golf/Rabbit and the Scirocco. instead called the Jetta GLI and in 1979, showing up in the U.S. for Plans to expand the GTI to the Passat/Dasher prototype is still tucked somewhere in Wolfsburg—are axed as

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In the Golf II GTI arrives in Europe the same 1.8-liter engine powered the Golf I GTI. The new GTI and GLI in the U.S. for 1985.

1987 GTI

Two years after its launch, the GTI more powerful with an 16-valve engine. Without a converter, the GTI 16V makes an impressive 139 hp, 129 mph, and is rather more than its eight-valve sibling. For the the GTI 16V makes just 123 hp, and in 1987 we one at 118 mph. Our conclusion: “The 16V is enough, but its polish has dimmed.” we call it “the original

1989 brings the all-wheel-drive GTI which is powered by the flatulent and 158-hp, 1.8-liter G-Charger of Corrado and G60 infamy.

In 1990, a expensive eight-valve version with 105 hp. The optional 16V engine to 2.0 liters, raising output to 134 hp. The remains in the U.S. through

The MkIII is generally considered to be one of the GTIs. It launches in Europe in meanwhile, the Golf III comes to the for 1993, with the GTI taking off until a 1995 reintroduction. It powered by Volkswagen’s 2.8-liter V-6 (VR6), which produces 172 hp. to 60 takes 6.7 seconds. We don’t care for its cable-actuated shifter. (A with this engine is GLX.)

1996 Volkswagen GTI

For Volkswagen renames the Golf the GTI. It’s sold the GTI VR6 and marks the return of the four-cylinder this time with a 2.0-liter.

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An Edition 20 model the GTI’s (European) anniversary in And for the first time, a GTI is powered by a engine—a 110-hp, 1.9-liter TDI is on the special edition. Europe-only, of

With the MkIV generation, GTIs are reduced to a mere level. The only visible outside is a set of BBS wheels, and the new approach is in the range of available engines including variations of the 1.9-liter two power levels of the 1.8-liter, turbo four; and a 2.3-liter VR5 has nothing to do with the inline-five in Mexico and used in various VWs today).

2000 Volkswagen GTI GLX

The MkIV in the U.S. for 1999, with a new manifold bumping up the VR6-powered GTI output to 174 hp. The 2000 model replaces the GTI GLS’s 115-hp with a 150-hp, 1.8-liter four. In 2002, both are improved: the 1.8T now makes 180 hp, mid-year, the VR6 gets twice the (24 total) good for 26 more (200).

VW finally recognizes the dilution of the GTI brand and launches a sporty “25 Jahre GTI” edition in 2001. This the basis for 1500 copies of the 2002 GTI 337. which is by the 1.8T paired with a manual, carrying over the kit, lowered suspension, brakes, Recaro seats, wheels, and darkened and red styling that bring back the of the original. For 2003, VW celebrates the two decades in the States with the Anniversary Edition. Content matches that of the GTI 337, and are built.

The Golf V arrives in for 2004 (it shows up in the U.S. in ) and includes a strong revival of the The sporty model is distinguished lesser Golfs with an new front fascia. The GTI showcases the new language which chief Murat Günak has envisioned for the “A friendly face and open On the GTI, this face is and perhaps not so friendly. The only engine at launch: a 200-hp, turbo. We love it. The 10Best start in 2007 and never

Available with three or doors, the GTI is a global success. We get the GLI, a model not sold in In 2007, Europe gets the GTI 30 with 230 hp. One year later, the Pirelli GTI gets the same

Sadly, the 2007 W12-650 was never intended for series The centrally mounted 6.0-liter W-12 makes 650 hp; 0–62 mph a claimed 3.7 seconds, top speed is an (if theoretical) 202 mph. The styling is somewhat indicative of future after Günak’s departure VW.

The Golf VI is not much more an extensive face lift of the V, but the effect is wildly successful. by a 200-hp, 2.0-liter TSI—the car gets a 210-hp version—it is one of the dynamic and refined compact on the market. The interior is slightly over the Golf V’s. The exhaust pipes left and were an expensive afterthought; VW Martin Winterkorn insisted.

As it did with the Golf I, VW launches a this time with a TDI and a surprisingly sporty exhaust The U.S. market gets the best thing: the Golf with GTI suspension and a 140-hp of the 2.0-liter TDI.

VW’s addition to the GTI lineup: A 235-hp named Edition 35, with a version of the Golf R’s 270-hp The Edition 35 won’t come .

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