Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk. 1

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk.I

1981 - 1984
Country:
Germany
Engine:
Flat 4.
Capacity:
1588 cc
Power:
110 bhp
Transmission:
4/5 spd. man
Top Speed:
111 mph
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
The Golf GTi was more an evolution than a revolution. Its mechanics were that of the ordinary Golf, however the power was to come from a more sporty Audi-designed 1.6 liter engine.

Other improvements over the standard Golf were to include stiffer springs, bigger wheels and front disc brakes, closer gear ratios and a lower ride height - all the ingredients needed to make a hot hatch.

The 1.6 liter twin-carburetor engine developed 100 bhp, which was soon upgraded with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection increasing power to 110 bhp.

Combined with 5-speed transmission, (replaced the 4-speeder in 1981), it could do 0-100 km/h in around 9 seconds. In 1982, the engine was stroked-out to 1.8 liters, which gave a slight power rise of 2 hp and 13 lbft.

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