Six Generations of VW Golf GTI Hit the Track

As fans of hothatches, we have to say the Golf GTI still deserves some credit for being the car that started it all, but if something isn’t done soon to revive the go-faster brand, all it’s previous luster will be lost to the world.
Yes, the first two GTI, the Mk I and Mk II, were spectacularly fun and offered decent value, but what came after was a disaster. But VW showed it still could handle the situation when it unveiled the turbocharged Mk V. Powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which could produce 200 horsepower, the first Golf V GTI concept car was official presented in 2003 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, the first production model came one year later in September, being unveiled to the public at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.

Yet the sixth version was only a slightly reengineered version with only 210 horsepower. It will soon have to do battle with the 280 horsepower Astra OPC, so we’re hoping VW does something radical with the seventh GTI incarnation.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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