Our aboriginal drive of the Euro-market GTI Copy 35 beatific us rummaging through our athenaeum for photos and advice on the history of VW’s abridged rocket. We anticipation we’d share.
Conceived by a baby accumulation of engineers beneath the “Sport Golf” cipher name, the aboriginal Golf GTI is somewhat engineered from the accumulated genitalia bin. VW uses apparatus from the Audi 80/Fox GT, including its high-output 1.6-liter engine, now with ammunition injection. The result: 110 hp at 6100 rpm to move alone 1800 pounds or so, which translates into a 0-to-60-mph time of 9.0 abnormal and a top acceleration of 110 mph. This approaches the area of abreast activating exceptional sedans, and in the speed- and power-crazy market, it turns the automotive bureaucracy upside down.
The GTI leaves a mark. It is not cheap, and it becomes a adopted agency of busline for the burghal aristocratic in Paris, London, and Frankfurt. It’s gotta be black. The GTI blaze a flurry of aggressive models, but none of them matches the class-transcending angel of this VW, which absolutely is not a “people’s car.” For the 1979 archetypal year, it gets artificial bumpers and a fuel-consumption gauge—not to be abashed with a apparent old ammunition gauge—instead of a water-temperature gauge. The aboriginal caliginosity of political correctness?
In 1982, VW launches its aboriginal turbo-diesel and aims to accord the new technology a absolute angel accession by allotment it the GTD. With GTI colors, a agnate interior, and added fenders, the GTD is a accepted sister archetypal of the GTI—and a lot of fun to drive in its own way. The GTI’s red stripes are replaced with argent for the GTD.
1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
For the 1983 archetypal year, VW launches the Rabbit GTI, congenital alongside the approved Rabbit at its Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, assembly site, giving the U.S. bazaar its aboriginal aftertaste of the three abracadabra letters. Its 1.8-liter agent makes 90 hp. We acclaim its “eager agent and able manners.”
1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli edition
The second-generation Golf is about the corner—at atomic in Europe. VW launches a final “Pirelli” copy on the Continent for 1983, a car which today enjoys a cult-like following. It’s set afar by its bifold headlights, brave glass, covering council wheel, and, of course, the appropriate Pirelli wheels.
The Jetta, the “Golf with a backpack,” comes with the GTI agent as well—but afterwards the GTI moniker, which is aloof for the Golf/Rabbit and the Scirocco. It’s instead alleged the Jetta GLI and debuts in 1979, assuming up in the U.S. for 1984. Plans to aggrandize the GTI to the Passat/Dasher line—a ancestor is still tucked abroad about in Wolfsburg—are axed as well.
2006 Volkswagen CitiGolf R
Trivia: A adaptation of the MkI Golf, alleged CitiGolf, was congenital and awash in South Africa until 2009. In 2006, it spawned the best able MkI anytime produced: the 122-hp CitiGolf R.
In 1984, the Golf II GTI arrives in Europe with the aforementioned 1.8-liter agent that powered the Golf I GTI. The new GTI and GLI arise in the U.S. for 1985.
Two years afterwards its launch, the GTI gets added able with an alternative 16-valve engine. Afterwards a catalytic converter, the GTI 16V makes an absorbing 139 hp, alcove 129 mph, and is rather added acrid than its eight-valve sibling. For the U.S., the GTI 16V makes aloof 123 hp, and in 1987 we alarm one at 118 mph. Our conclusion: “The 16V is acquisitive enough, but its brightness has dimmed.” Still, we alarm it “the aboriginal econohunk.”
1989 brings the all-wheel-drive GTI Rallye, which is powered by the bombastic and black 158-hp, 1.8-liter G-Charger agent of Corrado and G60 infamy.
In 1990, a beneath big-ticket eight-valve adaptation allotment with 105 hp. The alternative 16V agent grows to 2.0 liters, adopting achievement to 134 hp. The MkII charcoal in the U.S. through 1992.
The MkIII is about advised to be one of the softest GTIs. It launches in Europe in 1991; meanwhile, the Golf III comes to the States for 1993, with the GTI demography time off until a 1995 reintroduction. It allotment powered by Volkswagen’s 2.8-liter narrow-angle V-6 (VR6), which produces 172 hp. Zero to 60 takes 6.7 seconds. We don’t abundant affliction for its cable-actuated shifter. (A Jetta with this agent is badged GLX.)
For 1996, Volkswagen renames the Golf Sport the GTI. It’s awash alongside the GTI VR6 and marks the acknowledgment of the four-cylinder GTI, this time with a 115-hp 2.0-liter.
An Copy 20 archetypal celebrates the GTI’s (European) ceremony in 1996. And for the aboriginal time, a GTI is powered by a agent engine—a 110-hp, 1.9-liter TDI is alternative on the appropriate edition. Europe-only, of course.
With the MkIV generation, European GTIs are bargain to a bald trim level. The alone arresting aberration alfresco is a set of BBS wheels, and the new access is reflected in the ambit of accessible engines worldwide, including variations of the 1.9-liter TDI; two ability levels of the 1.8-liter, 20-valve turbo four; and a 2.3-liter VR5 (which has annihilation to do with the inline-five congenital in Mexico and acclimated in assorted U.S.-market VWs today).
The MkIV arrives in the U.S. for 1999, with a new assimilation assorted bumping up the VR6-powered GTI GLX’s achievement to 174 hp. The 2000 archetypal year replaces the GTI GLS’s 115-hp 2.0-liter with a 150-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four. In 2002, both engines are improved: the 1.8T now makes 180 hp, and, mid-year, the VR6 gets alert the valves (24 total) acceptable for 26 added horses (200).
VW assuredly recognizes the alarming concoction of the GTI cast and launches a absolutely adventurous “25 Jahre GTI” ceremony copy in 2001. This provides the base for 1500 copies of the U.S.-market 2002 GTI 337, which is powered by the 1.8T commutual with a six-speed manual, accustomed over the anatomy kit, bargain suspension, bigger brakes, Recaro seats, 18-inch wheels, and blurred and red administration elements that accompany aback the spirit of the original. For 2003, VW celebrates the GTI’s two decades in the States with the 20th Ceremony Edition. Content carefully matches that of the GTI 337, and 4000 are built.
The Golf V arrives in Europe for 2004 (it shows up in the U.S. in mid-2006) and includes a able awakening of the GTI. The adventurous archetypal is acclaimed from bottom Golfs with an absolutely new advanced fascia. The GTI showcases the new administration accent which arch artist Murat Günak has envisioned for the brand: “A affable face and accessible eyes.” On the GTI, this face is aphotic and conceivably not so friendly. The alone accessible agent at launch: a 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbo. We adulation it. The 10Best awards alpha in 2007 and never stop.
Available with three or bristles doors, the GTI is a all-around success. We get the Jetta-based GLI, a archetypal not awash in Europe. In 2007, Europe gets the GTI Copy 30 with 230 hp. One year later, the (Europe-only) Pirelli GTI gets the aforementioned engine.
Sadly, the 2007 W12-650 abstraction was never advised for alternation production. The centrally army 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 makes 650 hp; 0–62 mph takes a claimed 3.7 seconds, top acceleration is an absorbing (if theoretical) 202 mph. The administration accent is somewhat apocalyptic of approaching models afterwards Günak’s abandonment from VW.
The Golf VI is not abundant added than an all-encompassing face lift of the Golf V, but the aftereffect is berserk successful. Powered by a 200-hp, 2.0-liter TSI—the Euro-market car gets a 210-hp version—it is one of the best activating and aesthetic bunched cars on the market. The autogenous is hardly bigger over the Golf V’s. The bifold bankrupt pipes larboard and appropriate were an big-ticket afterthought; VW bang-up Martin Winterkorn insisted.
As it did with the Golf I, VW launches a GTD, this time with a 170-hp TDI and a decidedly adventurous bankrupt sound. The U.S. bazaar gets the abutting best thing: the Golf TDI, with GTI abeyance and a 140-hp adaptation of the 2.0-liter TDI.
VW’s latest accession to the GTI lineup: A 235-hp version, called Copy 35, with a detuned adaptation of the Golf R’s 270-hp powerhouse. The Copy 35 won’t appear here.