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Coming Soon! Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 1.8

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The Golf GTI debuted in March 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and wasn't unveilled until the autumn of 1976.  Production was not expected to exceed 5000 units, which was the number needed to qualify for the Group One Production Touring Car class. 

The GTI was distinguished from the stock Golf by external changes that included black-plastic wheel arch extensions to cover the 175/70HR13 tyres on 5.5Jx13 wheels fitted, a larger front spoiler, a matte-black frame around the backlite and a red frame for the grille.  Ride height was reduced by 15 mm (0.6 in), and the standard car's solid front brake discs were replaced with 9.4" (239 mm) ventilated discs. Anti-roll bars were also fitted front and rear.

With a curb weight of 810 kg (1786 lb), the GTI could accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 9.2 seconds. Top speed was 182 km/h (113.1 mph).

The GTI appeared on the British market in 1977 as a special order only in left-hand drive form. A factory right-hand drive version finally became available in July 1979, priced at £4705.

Total production of Golf Mk1 GTIs eventually reached 462,000 units.  In 2004, Sports Car International declared the Golf Mk1 GTI to be the 3rd best car of the 1980s.

Coming Soon! Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 1.8

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Chris Smith


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