Tada! Here are 7 generations Golf GTI. It’s nice to see them together and see the similarities
and differences between the Golf I and Golf VII. They grew up after the Golf I and II,
but some elements return. The red trim in the GTI grille.
The Golf GTI almost didn’t exist. Volkswagen had to focus on
making money in the ’70s. The Golf came after the Beetle, which was exciting. The Sport Golf was a Friday-afternoon project. It had to be a 1.6 with 2 Weber carburetors. The problem with the Weber carburetors was
maintenance. They wanted to build 5,000 cars. However, they couldn’t support this at the dealers. They got stuck here,
but Mr. Piëch came to the rescue. The Audi 80 GTE has a 1.6 engine
with fuel injection and more hp. They used this engine in the first Golf GTI. They wanted to build 5,000 cars in Germany, but they sold 21,836 cars in the first
production year (1977). In 1 year. The original idea was to build 5,000 cars in total. It became more successful than they anticipated. Why did it become a success?
It’s a practical car that is still fun to drive. The performance was great back then.
Nowadays 108 hp isn’t all that much, but back then it was a fun, fast car with cool details. The checkered upholstery,
for example, keeps coming back. The golf ball gear stick… We already mentioned
the red trim, but it was sporty back then. We’re traveling back in time. That’s logical, because
this car was unveiled at the IAA in Frankfurt. It’s still being held. 1975 was over 40 years ago. It was officially introduced in 1976.
What was the Golf GTI’s concept? A hot hatch, a sports car in which
you can take your family. I could have had my 2 lovely kids in the back seat. At the same time it’s a fun handling car and
it’s practical. It’s everything you could wish for. The handling still feels sporty. Of course, any leased diesel car is faster. 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 9.2 seconds
and the top speed of the 1.8 is 190 kph (118 mph). This is the 1.6 engine, which is slower. This car has only 54 km (34 miles) on the clock. I kid you not. It says 54 right in front of me. This Golf GTI was the first in the Netherlands,
presented at the AutoRAI with stickers. There would be races with Golf GTIs,
but this car has never seen the track. The first GTIs had a 1.6 engine.
A 1.8 engine was introduced later on. It had a bit more torque and 2 extra hp
for a total of 110 hp. 0-100 kph (62 mph) is a bit faster
and it’s easier at lower rpm. It feels like a very honest car. The steering wheel immediately
tells you if it’s slippery. You can hear the tires work harder as well. You miss this communication
in modern cars sometimes. This is not a complaint about
the Golf VII GTI. It certainly isn’t. Still, older cars are more honest. This Golf I GTI was the start of
a long range of sporty Golfs. The Golf I was an incredible success. 350,000 were
built, so of course VW continued with the Golf II GTI. There are a lot of different flavors. The normal Golf GTI with a 110 hp 1.8 engine
had a version with a catalytic converter. You don’t want that version because it had less hp. Then there’s the Golf GTI 16V with 137 hp
without and 127 hp with a catalytic converter. You really don’t want one with a catalytic converter. This is probably one of my favorites.
I don’t know why, but the GTI G60… The G-Lader has something iconic.
158 hp was a lot back then. Another fun thing about this generation
Golf GTI: these wheel arches are wider. Those of the 16V and G60 are wider as well. The rims and tires are a size up as well.
In all it’s a more serious car. Let’s see how it handles. I’m curious. This is very different from the Golf I. It looks like an old Golf on the outside,
but this is a more grown-up car. In the good sense,
because grown-up can be boring as well. This feels better. The GTI G60 does it for me. It’s nostalgic for me. It has a cool engine,
plenty of hp, nice to drive with. It doesn’t disappoint. It has 158 hp,
which is not much nowadays, but it’s strong. It has 225 Nm (166 lb ft) torque.
The performance is fine to modern standards. 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 8.3 seconds
and the top speed is 225 kph (140 mph). The huge number of special models
makes this generation Golf fun. I found a couple of them. There was the Wolfsberg
Edition, named after the VW factory location. Fire and Ice was a movie in which only Golfs
played a part. An edition was named after it. There’s also the Edition One, Special, Edition Blue,
and Pirelli made special editions as well. There are a lot of special models of the Golf GTI II. The Golf lost its round headlights
after this generation. The GTI lost its nice double round headlights. The Golf grew up here. It’s not the most iconic one.
The Golf III GTI comes in 2 flavors. The normal 2.0 GTI had 113 hp,
which didn’t suit the batch. The GTI 16V had an okay 148 hp, but everything
tells you this car is more comfortable and safer. The A-pillars are much thicker than these.
They’re lightyears apart. I popped the hood. It’s heavier, has more
insulation material, and it’s quieter. This is the first generation… It’s no GTI,
but this Golf was also available as a VR6. Why didn’t we bring the cool VR6? I wanted to do GTIs only. The potent
4-cylinder engines and FWD makes a GTI. It’s still a practical car. AWD is fun and the Golf R is fantastic,
but the GTI started there, in the ’70s. The basics are the same until this day. A potent 4-cylinder engine, FWD, a stiff
suspension, and sporty accents make the GTI. That’s why we didn’t include the VR6. A couple of things stand out
on board the Golf III GTI. It feels more grown-up from the outside and inside. There are airbags and the finish
is lightyears ahead of the Golf II. This is a full-option Golf GTI. It’s an Edition 20. There’s the golf ball, red safety belts and
other red accents at the wheel and handbrake, nice BBS rims… But this feels
like driving your mom’s Golf. It’s sturdy and comfortable,
not slow but not fast either. I think it’s too sensible. The performance is okay.
This is the GTI 16V with 148 hp. 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 8.6 seconds, but
the 8V 2.0 GTI with 113 hp takes over 10 seconds. That wasn’t impressive, even in the ’90s. It’s slower than the Golf I GTI. We don’t think of this generation GTI as iconic Golfs. On the other hand, this generation Golf was
available as VR6. That one’s fun, but no GTI. The Golf IV GTI grew up even more.
With standard specs it had 148 hp. The disadvantage of this generation:
there’s a GTI TDI, a 5-cylinder GTI… It was more of a package than a separate model. Still, they managed to correct it
with anniversary models. This is a 25 Jahre edition,
meaning nice Recaro seats and BBS rims. This edition is cool. This generation Golf was available as R32 as well,
the first car with a DSG double clutch. Volkswagen did innovate with the Golf,
but it wasn’t necessarily limited to the GTI. The GTI initially had 148 hp
with the 1.8 turbo engine. This well-known 1.8 turbo engine was
tuned to 178 pk for the 25 Jahre edition. The Dutch version was chip tuned to 207 hp. The base model GTI had decent performance,
but the Editions were nice GTIs. The hp to weight ratio again resembled
the original GTI. These cars are heavier and wider. Driving it is entertaining,
especially compared to the Golf III. It was too dull. This one isn’t
super sharp, but okay for a GTI. I think the 25 Jahre edition looks good with
its BBS rims, cooler bumpers and exhaust. This looks nice. Volkswagen was back in the game
with the Golf V GTI. It has a 2.0 turbo engine with direct gasoline
injection. It’s the first GTI with a DSG. It has 197 hp in standard trim, but this is the
Edition 30, recognizable by its Edition 30 badge and painted lower bumpers, different rims,
checkered fabric, golf ball, and dark taillights. The most important detail is the 227 hp.
It is an Audi S3 engine, which is much stronger than the Golf GTI,
tuned down to make it manageable. This is full-on GTI. This is making me happy. We’re driving all these GTI generations, but
driving this one, accelerating with a warm engine, reminds you this engine is stronger than expected. 197 hp for the standard GTI.
The Edition 30 we’re driving has 227 hp. 30 hp extra makes a big difference. This is the first generation Golf GTI
with a DSG. I have that one here. It’s nice as well. I understand
the criticism I had back then. You miss some feedback, caused by small things.
The numbers on the display are tiny. It tells you what gear you’re in,
but you have to look hard to see. You can confuse this DSG by going
full throttle, generating wheelspin, and short shift by jumping to 3rd gear, for example. The software of this generation GTI doesn’t like that. This is a fast car. The top speed is 243 kph
(151 mph), 0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 6.8 seconds. It feels modern fast. In short, VW rediscovered the GTI mojo
with this Golf GTI. This is a real hot hatch. It may not have been best in its
segment back then, but it is a nice car. The Golf VI GTI is an extensive facelift of the Golf V. There is 1, or rather 2 (this and that one)
important differences. The two exhausts seem a small change. The Volkswagen Group and Martin Winterkorn
wanted this, but it was difficult. The rear needed modifying to make
the exhaust come out differently. This is the first Golf GTI with 2 exhausts. This car is being driven. We borrowed it. It’s on different rims, but we forgive it this time.
It’s winter and this is the winter set. The handling of the Golf VI is similar to the Golf V. There was an anniversary in this period;
the 35 years anniversary. That’s why the GTI Edition 35 was introduced.
It has 232 hp, 25 hp more than the normal GTI. Torque got a small upgrade as well;
300 Nm (221 lb ft). It’s a lot faster. 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 6.6 seconds. The top speed didn’t need limiting
with 247 kph (153 mph). The electronic differential lock
was introduced in this generation. The inner wheel brakes extra, which helps a little, but you’ll prefer a real diff lock after
driving a Golf VII GTI Performance. This is the ultimate Golf VII GTI; the Clubsport S. I should open the door to show
what it doesn’t have; a rear seat. There’s less sound insulation,
an aluminum subframe (that’s lighter) and more hp. 306 hp is a lot.
The tires are sticky Michelin Pilot Sport. They’re great for this winter weather.
We can’t drive this one, only the normal Clubsport. This car has the Nürburgring lap time
record for FWD cars with 7:49,21. The Netherlands will get 10 of these
and all have been sold already. This is and isn’t the ultimate Golf GTI,
because it doesn’t have a rear seat. It’s not a practical Golf GTI, but it’s cool. ‘Save the best for last’ is true. The latest generation being better isn’t always
the case with succeeding car generations. We saw this with the Golf GTI as well. The III
and IV aren’t necessarily better than the Golf II GTI. However, the Golf VII GTI…
I’m going to praise the diff lock again. It’s great. Go full throttle out of a sharp corner. It’s wet, cold and slippery, on summer tires…
You feel it spin a bit, but it’s great. The diff lock can electronically lock
from 0 to 100%. That’s very nice. The Golf GTI comes with 2 engine flavors. After the facelift they got flavors with extra hp,
but let’s stick to pre-facelift. The normal version has 217 hp
and the Performance version has 227 hp. You do need to order the Performance version.
The 10 hp don’t matter, but it has the diff lock. It has bigger brakes and everything
you “need” as a serious driver. This is the Clubsport. Really cool. I like it’s more venomous
with a more intense suspension. Volkswagen managed to do this with downforce. It’s neutral at high speeds. The big wings keep it more stable at high speeds. If you get lift-off oversteer at high speeds,
pray you don’t hit anything. You don’t have that downforce at lower speeds,
but it’s fun to make the car dance. This Golf VII GTI is a very fast car.
0-100 kph (62 mph) takes 5.9 seconds. That is quick. It feels quick as well.
This is a potent car. Being an everyday sports car connects
the Golf I GTI and the Golf VII GTI. You can do groceries, take the kids to school,
and enjoy driving it on the right road. The performance is good enough. You won’t
win it from every Porsche or Ferrari, but it’s fun. Made possible by
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