History Of The Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the most versatile performance car on the market. The mk1 GTI, the beginning of one of the most desired hot hatches on the market today. It all started with a small group of engineers codenamed “sport Golf” and a spare bin of parts. They combined the 1.6L 4-cylinder engine from an Audi 80 with a few spare parts from a Fox GT to create the well known Volkswagen Golf GTI. But that 's not what makes this car special, what makes it special is the versatility of the car. Here you have a striking everyday family hatchback designed by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro but, if you look past the design you will find it’s performance side. The mk1 had 110hp, which doesn’t seem like much but, the car only weighed 1800 lbs. This meant that the car could reach 0-60 in 9 seconds. Now you have an everyday vehicle with the capabilities of a …show more content…
The performance car market was suddenly flooded with new hatches to take on the GTI. And none was more threatening than the subaru wrx hatch. Subaru’s wagon was at the top of market, with its 230 hp and all-wheel drive it was practically unstoppable. That is until the GTI took over. The all new mk5 GTI was the most versatile performance car you could buy at the time. It came in a 3 door and 5 door version with fold down seats for extra space. Not only did the mk5 have more room and storage than the wrx but it also had a R32 awd version to compete with the wrx. The mk5 had a new state of the art automatic transmission called the dual clutch. The dual clutch uses two separate clutches one for odd gears and one for even gears. Now VW could use its DSG transmission against faster cars because the DSG only takes about 200 ms to switch gears. Fast shifting plus 200 hp made the lightweight GTI the fastest model yet. The mk5 shot down all of its competitors including the notorious Subaru wrx, returning the GTI to it’s former

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