Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Mur­ray Scul­lion

Volk­swa­gen didn’t in­vent the hot hatch and wasn’t the first to slap the let­ters ‘G’, ‘ T’ and ‘I’ on to the rear of a car. But it made both its own with the Golf GTI. Crank it up to 11 and it’ll re­ward you with sports car per­for­mance. The steer­ing feeds back the road sur­face in minute de­tail, and loads up re­mark­ably in bends – it’s a su­perb feel­ing, and there is a huge amount of grip. Not that the en­gine isn’t up to much – it pulls cleanly to 7000rpm and has a sub 9 sec­ond 0-60mph time. In 1976 – and in a hatch­back – this was genre defin­ing. To­day, it’s still pretty amaz­ing.

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