CORGI VOLK­SWA­GEN GOLF GTI MK1 SE­RIES 2

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

In­creas­ingly aware that Euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ers, in par­tic­u­lar, Peu­geot, had be­gun to em­u­late the Golf GTI, Volk­swa­gen con­tin­ued to up­date the MKI in sub­se­quent man­u­fac­ture years through­out its seven-year run. 1980 saw larger bumpers and rear lights ar­rive, along with a direly needed five-speed gear­box and then, in Septem­ber 1982, a larger 1780cc en­gine. Although re­lated to the pre­vi­ous 1588cc unit found in the ear­lier ver­sions, the new unit had been sub­stan­tially re­designed, with ex­tra ca­pac­ity achieved by rais­ing the bore and stroke, de­liv­er­ing more power lower down the rev range. It re­sulted in what some ar­gue was the ul­ti­mate Golf GTI — sell­ing 6148 in the UK and 71,002 world­wide in 1983.

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