The Volkswagen Golf Gti Is The Most Versatile Performance Car On The Market

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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 performance car. This set the benchmark for performance hatchbacks. The mk1 suddenly became the world’s first hot hatch. From the mk1 GTI came the new mk2 GTI. Going off the original design that Giugiaro created, VW engineers created a longer, wider, version of the previous golf. That was the main problem about the mk2, since it was longer and wider, that meant it was heavier than the mk1. And even though the mk2 had a bigger 1.8L engine, it didn’t make the car any faster than the mk1. With the weight gain it actually made the mk2 sluggish and hard to stop. However VW made improvements in 1986, the year after the first mk2 was…

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