This Weeks Retro-ish Car Is The Volkswagen Golf GTI MK 1
The Volkswagen Golf GTI MK 1 is one of the greatest and best documented Hot Hatches to ever grace the market, thought of as the spiritual father of todays hot hatchbacks, the Golf GTI is VWs true heritage. The MK 1 Golf has become one of the most desired passenger vehicles VW has ever made due to it's incredibly raw characteristics and simple but very stylish looks. The MK 1 GTIs came with a 1.8 litre engine which pushed out an incredible 112 bhp, which wouldn't turn any heads by todays standards however for a hatchback in the 80s was a truly incredible feat. Along with this the GTI was a featherweight, weighing in at 840kg this gave it the potential to do a 0-60 run in as little as 8 seconds, trumping cars of today such as the much revered Ford Fiesta 1.0 ecoboost, an utterly mind numbing thought. The car had came with awful brakes, a characteristic that most 80s cars came with, and very heavy steering for such a light car however the heavy steering gave the driver actual legit steering feel, unlike the artifical kind we get in todays vehicle. All this combined meant that the driver was always on the rugged edge of their seat, praying the car slowed down in time to make the corner, this gave it its well documented raw feel. The MK1 Golf GTI really was a handful and a true drivers car.
In The Market For One?
After having a quick scan of the internet we found a fair few on the market, you'd be looking at shelling out just under £10,000 for a good condition MK 1 GTI with around 50,000 miles on the clock. When buying a MK 1 GTI one thing to look out for is dreaded rust, with these cars being over 30 years old there is the high possibility of the underside of the car being riddled with rust. However if you can manage to purchase a relatively low mile model with little to no rust you really will be in the money and for one hell of a ride.
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The MK 1 Golf GTI the spiritual godfather of the hot hatchback market, let us know what you'd rate the GTI out of 5!
The VW Golf GTI MK 1 is the defining car in VWs long and illustrious history, with most current GTI models holding there price around the mark of the Golf R, a spectacular achievement when you consider the Golf R is a higher spec model. The MK 1 GTI truly is the founding father of today's current hot hatchbacks setting the bar for a spectacular car incredibly high!
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