Golf GTI reaches 40th anniversary

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an ideal place to celebrate the motoring industry, and for Volkswagen this year is a special one.

As one of the most iconic models ever produced, the Golf GTI has been a loyal servant of the brand which reaches its 40th anniversary this year.

So, where is better than the Festival of Speed to celebrate the GTI’s superb history? To show off the model at its best, Volkswagen brought two versions to show how far the GTI had come since its first run in 1976.

Since its introduction, the Golf GTI has been the sports hatchback of choice, as it combines the practicality of the base Golf and adds extra oomph with an upgraded engine. It also allowed people who couldn’t afford expensive sports cars the chance to drive alongside them in a cheaper and more useful alternative. 

Volkswagen displayed a racing version of the MkI GTI, which packed a 222PS punch under the bonnet and was joined by its newest sibling, the GTI Clubsport S. This standard road car produces 310PS, putting it on par with the Volkswagen racing team's Polo WRC car. 

Both models were taken up the world famous hill climb at the festival, with famous racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck driving the MkI and current WRC driver Jarri-Matti Latvala drove the Clubsport S model.

It was a fantastic occasion to enjoy the GTI and its history, as it has become not just a brand icon, but a motoring one also.

To check out the current range of Performance Golfs on offer at JCT600, get in touch with your preferred Volkswagen dealership for more details. 

Added: 12 August 2016

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