Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The UK market had to wait a further two years for vehicles to arrive – 1977 saw 34 examples, all of them left hand drive, sold in the GTI’s first tentative year.

The GTI was powered by a 1,588 cc four cylinder engine with K-Jetronic fuel injection it developed 110 PS at 6,100 rpm and 103 lbs ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.  This allowed the GTI, which weighed 810 kg unladen, to hit 60 mph from standstill in nine-seconds before reaching a top speed of 110 mph.

The now familiar mix of a high-revving, responsive four-cylinder engine installed in a hatchback body with the emphasis on driving fun was linked to a pared down interior came as a revelation at the time.  Especially when combined with tartan trim and the now iconic golf ball gearshift.

The car was an instant hit.  By the time right-hand drive cars arrived in the UK in 1979 a total of 1,573 cars were sold in that year, a number that would triple within two years.

In 1984 the Mk II GTI was launched and picked up where the Mk I left off.  A new chassis structure, a 1,781 cc engine developing 112 PS and 114 lbs ft of torque and new styling evolved the GTI and saw it appeal to a new generation of fans.  Sales of the Mk II GTI surpassed those of the Mk I, peaking at 17,193 vehicles in 1989.  In Germany a supercharged G60 version developing 160 PS was sold, an output that wouldn’t be bettered in a GTI until 2002.

Three years later the Mk III GTI was launched, bringing with it a new 2.0-litre eight-valve engine and improved aerodynamics over the previous Mk I and Mk II models.  In 1993 the GTI fitted was with a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine, raising the power output from 115 PS in the eight-valve model up to a more substantial 150 PS and 133 lbs ft of torque to drop the 0-60 mph time to 8.3 seconds and raise the top speed to 133 mph.

The introduction of the Mk IV GTI in 1998 saw significant changes to the line-up with the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along with two petrol engines in a total of four different states of tune. The Mk IV GTI made significant gains in refinement and safety – in 2002 the fastest accelerating and most powerful GTI produced up until that point was released in the form of the 180 PS GTI 25th Anniversary Edition. It was the success of this more powerful vehicle that inspired the introductionof the Mk V GTI.

Launched in September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show the Mk V GTI equipped with a 200 PS engine was not only the most powerful but also the most focused GTI yet produced. A new 2.0-litre T-FSI engine linked to a six-speed gearbox and standard Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) were linked to a new chassis equipped with MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link configuration at the rear.  The vehicle was 15 mm lower than the standard Golf on new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.

Visual cues were taken from the original GTI with the return of the tartan interior and the red surround to the grille element – even the GTI typeface used on the badge echoed that of the original.

The Mk V GTI served as a basis for two special editions – the Pirelli and Edition 30. Both models were powered by an evolution of the 2.0-litre T-FSI engine fitted to the conventional GTI, albeit both producing 230 PS.

The wildest GTI ever created – the GTI W12-650 – was also based on the Mk V. Powered by a mid-mounted 6.0-litre W12 engine producing 650 PS the vehicle could accelerate to 62 mph in 3.7-seconds and could theoretically achieve a maximum speed of 201 mph.

Production of the Mk V Golf ceased in August 2008 with a total of 17,630 examples sold in the UK alone. In total over 1,700,000 examples of the GTI have been sold worldwide since the vehicle went on sale in 1976.

Key Facts: Golf GTI Mk I – Mk V

Mk I: 1977 – 1984

  1. 1.6-litre 110 PS
  2. 1977 – first UK registration
  3. 1979 – first right-hand drive cars go on sale
  4. Total UK Mk I GTI sales: 19,518

Mk II: 1984 – 1992

  1. 1.8-litre 112 PS
  2. 1986 – 1.8-litre 139 PS 16-valve engine launched
  3. 1989 – introduction of ‘big bumpers’
  4. November 1990 – 1,000,000th Golf GTI is produced
  5. Total UK Mk II GTI sales: 88,278

Mk III: 1992 – 1998

  1. 2.0-litre 115 PS
  2. 1993 – 2.0-litre 16-valve 150 PS engine introduced
  3. Total UK Mk III GTI sales: 39,766

Mk IV: 1998 – 2004

  1. 1.8-litre 125 PS
  2. 1.8-litre turbo 150 PS
  3. 1999 – 2.0-litre 115 PS is introduced
  4. 2002 – 1.8-litre turbo 180 PS and 1.9-litre GTI PD 150 PS engines introduced
  5. Total UK Mk IV GTI sales: 46,944

Mk V: 2004 – 2008

  1. 2.0-litre 200 PS T-FSI
  2. January 2007 – 30th anniversary of the GTI marked by the launch of 2.0-litre 230 PS GTI Edition 30
  3. May 2007 – six-litre bi-turbo 650 PS GTI W12-650 design study unveiled – the most powerful Golf ever produced by Volkswagen
  4. June 2007 – GTI ‘R-Line’ claims eighth place overall and class victory at Nurburgring 24-hour race
  5. May 2008 – 2.0-litre T-FSI 230 PS GTI Pirelli launched to commemorate 25th anniversary of the original Mk I variant
  6. August 2008 – production of the Mk V GTI ceases
  7. Total UK Mk V GTI sales to date: 17,630

Golf GTI Engine Range: 1977 – 2008


Generation
Engine Size
(litres)
Power (bhp) Top Speed (mph) 0-62 mph (secs)
Mk I (77 – 83) 1.6 110 112 9.1
  1.8 112 114 8.2
Mk II (84 – 92) 1.8 112 116 10.3
  1.8 16V 139 124 9.0
Mk III (92 – 98) 2.0 115 122 10.4
  2.0 16v 150 134 8.3
Mk IV (98 – 04) 1.8 125 125 9.9
  1.8 T 150 134 8.5
  2.0 115 119 11.2
  1.8 T 180 138 7.9
  1.9 TDI 150 134 8.6
  1.9 TDI 110 120 10.6
Mk V (04 – 08) 2.0 T-FSI 197 (200PS) 146 7.2
  2.0 T-FSI
(Edition 30)
227 (230PS) 152 6.8
  2.0 T-FSI
(Pirelli)
227 (230PS) 152 6.8

34 YEARS, OVER 200,000 UK SALES: FIVE GENERATIONS OF THE GOLF GTI

Golf GTI Mk I – 1977-1984

1975 Original Golf GTI design by, Giorgetto Giugiaro, unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

1977 GOLF GTI Mk I LAUNCHED IN THE UK

Launched with 1.6-litre, 110 PS (108 bhp) engine
Length: 3,705 mm
Width: 1,630 mm
Height: 1,395 mm
Top speed: 113 mph
0-62 mph: 9.0 seconds
mpg: 35.2 (urban)

1979 Right-hand drive GTI launched in the UK

1980 Right-hand drive GTI Cabriolet launched in the UK

1982 More powerful engine; 1.8-litre, 112 PS (110 bhp) introduced
Top speed: 113 mph
0-62 mph: 8.2 seconds
mpg: 26.6 (urban)

1.6-litre turbo, 70 PS (69 bhp) GTD diesel launched in the UK
Top speed: 96 mph
0-62 mph: 13.5 seconds
mpg: 42.5 (urban)

1983 Special edition GTI ‘Campaign’ launched in the UK
Special edition GTI ‘Pirelli’ launched in Germany

1984 Golf Cabriolet ‘All White’ launched in the UK with GTI’s 1.8-litre, 112 PS engine

Total Golf GTI Mk I hatchback sales in the UK – 17,039

Golf GTI Mk II – 1984-1992

1984 GOLF GTI Mk II LAUNCHED

Launched with 1.8-litre 8V, 112 PS (110 bhp) engine
Length: 3,985 mm (+ 280 mm)
Width: 1,680 mm (+ 50 mm)
Height: 1,395 mm (+ 0)
Top speed: 119 mph
0-62 mph: 8.3 seconds
mpg: 32.5 (urban)

1985 25,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK
UK launch of facelifted model featuring double headlights and twin exhausts
Five door GTI launched in the UK

1986 More powerful engine; 1.8-litre 16V, 139 PS (137 bhp) 
Top speed: 130 mph
0-62 mph: 7.9 seconds
mpg: 26.6 (urban)

1988 50,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

1989 75,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK
Introduction of ‘big bumpers’

1990 1,000,000th Golf GTI produced
Left-hand drive GTI G60 announced for special order in the UK.
Supercharged 1.8-litre 16V, 160 PS (158 bhp) engine
Top speed: 130 mph
0-62 mph: 7.6 seconds
mpg: 23.2 (urban)

1991 Launch of limited run of 70, left-hand drive GTI G60 Limited with 1.8-litre 16V 210 PS (207 bhp) engine
Top speed: 143 mph
0-62 mph: 7.4 seconds
mpg: 20.1 (urban)

Total Golf GTI Mk II hatchback sales in the UK – 80,307

Golf GTI Mk III – 1992-1998

1992 GOLF GTI Mk III LAUNCHED

Launched with 2.0-litre 8V, 115 PS (113 bhp) engine
Length: 4,020 mm (+ 35 mm)
Width: 1,710 mm (+ 30 mm)
Height: 1,405 mm (+ 10 mm) 
Top speed: 123 mph
0-62 mph: 10.1 seconds
mpg: 27.4 (urban)

100,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

Launch of 2.0-litre 16V, 150 PS (148 bhp) engine

Top speed: 134 mph
0-62 mph: 8.3 seconds
mpg: 25.9

Second generation GTI Cabriolet launched

1994 ABS brakes become standard on GTI

1995 Special edition GTI Colour Concept launched with 2.0-litre 8V, 115 PS 
(113 bhp) engine

1996 21 years after first being unveiled, limited run GTI Anniversary launched. 
600 vehicles fitted with 2.0-litre 8V 115 PS (113 bhp) engine and 150 fitted with 2.0-litre 16V, 150 PS (148 bhp) engine

1997 125,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

Total Golf GTI Mk III hatchback sales in the UK – 39,766

Golf GTI Mk IV – 1998-2004

1998 GOLF GTI Mk IV LAUNCHED

Launched with 1.8-litre, 125 PS (123 bhp) and 1.8-litre turbo, 150 PS (148 bhp) engines
Length: 4,149 mm (+ 129 mm)
Width: 1,735 mm (+ 25 mm)
Height: 1,439 mm (+ 34 mm) 
Top speed: 125 mph (1.8-litre) / 134 mph (1.8-litre turbo)
0-62 mph: 9.9 seconds (1.8-litre) / 8.5 seconds (1.8-litre turbo)
mpg: 34.0 (1.8-litre) / 35.3 (1.8-litre turbo) combined
CO2: 199 g/km (1.8-litre) / 192 g/km (1.8-litre turbo)

1999    150,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

Launch of 2.0-litre, 115 PS (113 bhp) engine
Top speed: 121 mph
0-62 mph: 10.5 seconds
mpg: 35.8 combined
CO2: 194 g/km

UK launch of facelifted GTI Cabriolet

2001 175,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

First ever diesel-powered Golf GTI, launched with 1.9-litre, 150 PS (148 bhp) engine
Top speed: 134 mph
0-62 mph: 8.6 seconds
mpg: 52.3 combined
CO2: 146 g/km

2002 25 years since the Golf GTI Mk I was launched is commemorated with the introduction of the GTI Anniversary. Available with either a 1.8-litre turbo, 180 PS (178 bhp) petrol or a 1.9-litre, 150 PS (148 bhp) diesel engine 
Top speed: 138 mph (petrol) / 134 mph (diesel)
0-62 mph: 7.9 seconds (petrol) / 8.6 seconds (diesel)
mpg: 33.2 (petrol) / 52.3 (diesel) combined
CO2: 204 g/km (petrol) / 146 g/km (diesel)

Total Golf GTI Mk IV hatchback sales in the UK – 61,879

Golf GTI Mk V – 2005-2008

2003 Golf GTI Design Study unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

2004 Golf GTI Mk V unveiled
GTI named ‘Top Gear Car of the Year’

2005 GOLF GTI Mk V LAUNCHED

Launched with 2.0-litre, 200 PS T-FSI engine.  For the first time ever, GTI was available as an automatic – the revolutionary DSG twin plate gearbox
Length: 4,216 mm (+ 67 mm)
Width: 1,759 mm (+ 24 mm)
Height: 1,466 mm (+ 27 mm) 
Top speed: 146 mph (145 – DSG)
0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds (6.9 – DSG)
mpg: 35.3 combined
CO2: 189 g/km

200,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

GTI named ‘What Car? Hot Hatch of the Year’

Launch of GTI Edition 30 to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary fitted with 2.0-litre, 230 PS engine

Top speed: 150 mph
0-62 mph: 6.8 seconds
mpg: 34.4 combined
CO2: 194 g/km
Total sold in the UK: 2,264

The most powerful Golf ever produced by Volkswagen, GTI W12-650 design study, unveiled with 6.0-litre bi-turbo 650 PS engine 
Length: 4,204 mm
Width: 1,919 mm
Height: 1,396 mm 
Top speed: 201 mph (estimate)
0-62 mph: 3.7 seconds

GTI ‘R-Line’ claims 8th place overall and class victory at Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race

2008 2.0-litre T-FSI 230 PS GTI Pirelli launched to commemorate 25th anniversary of the original GTI Mk I variant
Top Speed: 152 mph
0-62 mph: 6.8 seconds
mpg: 34.4 combined
CO2: 194 g/km
Total sold in the UK: 181

Total Golf GTI Mk V hatchback sales in the UK – 18,223

Golf GTI Mk VI – 2009 onwards

2008 Golf GTI Concept unveiled
Top speed: 148 mph
0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds
mpg: 37.6 combined
CO2: 178 g/km

2009 Golf GTI Mk VI displayed at Geneva Motor Show

GOLF GTI Mk VI LAUNCHED

Most powerful standard GTI launched with 2.0-litre TSI, 210 PS engine.  For the first time ever, GTI available with Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), electronic limited slip differential (XDS) and seven airbags
Length: 4,199 mm (- 17 mm)
Width: 1,779 mm (+ 20 mm)
Height: 1,479 mm (+ 13 mm) 
Top speed: 148 mph
0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds  
mpg: 38.1 combined
CO2: 170 g/km

Available to order – 23 March 2009
On sale – 22 May 2009

1977-2008

Total Golf GTI hatchback sales in the UK (Mk I – V) – 217,214



The Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The UK market had to wait a further two years for vehicles to arrive – 1977 saw 34 examples, all of them left hand drive, sold in the GTI’s first tentative year.

The GTI was powered by a 1,588 cc four cylinder engine with K-Jetronic fuel injection it developed 110 PS at 6,100 rpm and 103 lbs ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.  This allowed the GTI, which weighed 810 kg unladen, to hit 60 mph from standstill in nine-seconds before reaching a top speed of 110 mph.

The now familiar mix of a high-revving, responsive four-cylinder engine installed in a hatchback body with the emphasis on driving fun was linked to a pared down interior came as a revelation at the time.  Especially when combined with tartan trim and the now iconic golf ball gearshift.

The car was an instant hit.  By the time right-hand drive cars arrived in the UK in 1979 a total of 1,573 cars were sold in that year, a number that would triple within two years.

In 1984 the Mk II GTI was launched and picked up where the Mk I left off.  A new chassis structure, a 1,781 cc engine developing 112 PS and 114 lbs ft of torque and new styling evolved the GTI and saw it appeal to a new generation of fans.  Sales of the Mk II GTI surpassed those of the Mk I, peaking at 17,193 vehicles in 1989.  In Germany a supercharged G60 version developing 160 PS was sold, an output that wouldn’t be bettered in a GTI until 2002.

Three years later the Mk III GTI was launched, bringing with it a new 2.0-litre eight-valve engine and improved aerodynamics over the previous Mk I and Mk II models.  In 1993 the GTI fitted was with a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine, raising the power output from 115 PS in the eight-valve model up to a more substantial 150 PS and 133 lbs ft of torque to drop the 0-60 mph time to 8.3 seconds and raise the top speed to 133 mph.

The introduction of the Mk IV GTI in 1998 saw significant changes to the line-up with the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along with two petrol engines in a total of four different states of tune. The Mk IV GTI made significant gains in refinement and safety – in 2002 the fastest accelerating and most powerful GTI produced up until that point was released in the form of the 180 PS GTI 25th Anniversary Edition. It was the success of this more powerful vehicle that inspired the introductionof the Mk V GTI.

Launched in September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show the Mk V GTI equipped with a 200 PS engine was not only the most powerful but also the most focused GTI yet produced. A new 2.0-litre T-FSI engine linked to a six-speed gearbox and standard Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) were linked to a new chassis equipped with MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link configuration at the rear.  The vehicle was 15 mm lower than the standard Golf on new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.

Visual cues were taken from the original GTI with the return of the tartan interior and the red surround to the grille element – even the GTI typeface used on the badge echoed that of the original.

The Mk V GTI served as a basis for two special editions – the Pirelli and Edition 30. Both models were powered by an evolution of the 2.0-litre T-FSI engine fitted to the conventional GTI, albeit both producing 230 PS.

The wildest GTI ever created – the GTI W12-650 – was also based on the Mk V. Powered by a mid-mounted 6.0-litre W12 engine producing 650 PS the vehicle could accelerate to 62 mph in 3.7-seconds and could theoretically achieve a maximum speed of 201 mph.

Production of the Mk V Golf ceased in August 2008 with a total of 17,630 examples sold in the UK alone. In total over 1,700,000 examples of the GTI have been sold worldwide since the vehicle went on sale in 1976.

Key Facts: Golf GTI Mk I – Mk V

Mk I: 1977 – 1984

  1. 1.6-litre 110 PS
  2. 1977 – first UK registration
  3. 1979 – first right-hand drive cars go on sale
  4. Total UK Mk I GTI sales: 19,518

Mk II: 1984 – 1992

  1. 1.8-litre 112 PS
  2. 1986 – 1.8-litre 139 PS 16-valve engine launched
  3. 1989 – introduction of ‘big bumpers’
  4. November 1990 – 1,000,000th Golf GTI is produced
  5. Total UK Mk II GTI sales: 88,278

Mk III: 1992 – 1998

  1. 2.0-litre 115 PS
  2. 1993 – 2.0-litre 16-valve 150 PS engine introduced
  3. Total UK Mk III GTI sales: 39,766

Mk IV: 1998 – 2004

  1. 1.8-litre 125 PS
  2. 1.8-litre turbo 150 PS
  3. 1999 – 2.0-litre 115 PS is introduced
  4. 2002 – 1.8-litre turbo 180 PS and 1.9-litre GTI PD 150 PS engines introduced
  5. Total UK Mk IV GTI sales: 46,944

Mk V: 2004 – 2008

  1. 2.0-litre 200 PS T-FSI
  2. January 2007 – 30th anniversary of the GTI marked by the launch of 2.0-litre 230 PS GTI Edition 30
  3. May 2007 – six-litre bi-turbo 650 PS GTI W12-650 design study unveiled – the most powerful Golf ever produced by Volkswagen
  4. June 2007 – GTI ‘R-Line’ claims eighth place overall and class victory at Nurburgring 24-hour race
  5. May 2008 – 2.0-litre T-FSI 230 PS GTI Pirelli launched to commemorate 25th anniversary of the original Mk I variant
  6. August 2008 – production of the Mk V GTI ceases
  7. Total UK Mk V GTI sales to date: 17,630

Golf GTI Engine Range: 1977 – 2008


Generation
Engine Size
(litres)
Power (bhp) Top Speed (mph) 0-62 mph (secs)
Mk I (77 – 83) 1.6 110 112 9.1
  1.8 112 114 8.2
Mk II (84 – 92) 1.8 112 116 10.3
  1.8 16V 139 124 9.0
Mk III (92 – 98) 2.0 115 122 10.4
  2.0 16v 150 134 8.3
Mk IV (98 – 04) 1.8 125 125 9.9
  1.8 T 150 134 8.5
  2.0 115 119 11.2
  1.8 T 180 138 7.9
  1.9 TDI 150 134 8.6
  1.9 TDI 110 120 10.6
Mk V (04 – 08) 2.0 T-FSI 197 (200PS) 146 7.2
  2.0 T-FSI
(Edition 30)
227 (230PS) 152 6.8
  2.0 T-FSI
(Pirelli)
227 (230PS) 152 6.8

34 YEARS, OVER 200,000 UK SALES: FIVE GENERATIONS OF THE GOLF GTI

Golf GTI Mk I – 1977-1984

1975 Original Golf GTI design by, Giorgetto Giugiaro, unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

1977 GOLF GTI Mk I LAUNCHED IN THE UK

Launched with 1.6-litre, 110 PS (108 bhp) engine
Length: 3,705 mm
Width: 1,630 mm
Height: 1,395 mm
Top speed: 113 mph
0-62 mph: 9.0 seconds
mpg: 35.2 (urban)

1979 Right-hand drive GTI launched in the UK

1980 Right-hand drive GTI Cabriolet launched in the UK

1982 More powerful engine; 1.8-litre, 112 PS (110 bhp) introduced
Top speed: 113 mph
0-62 mph: 8.2 seconds
mpg: 26.6 (urban)

1.6-litre turbo, 70 PS (69 bhp) GTD diesel launched in the UK
Top speed: 96 mph
0-62 mph: 13.5 seconds
mpg: 42.5 (urban)

1983 Special edition GTI ‘Campaign’ launched in the UK
Special edition GTI ‘Pirelli’ launched in Germany

1984 Golf Cabriolet ‘All White’ launched in the UK with GTI’s 1.8-litre, 112 PS engine

Total Golf GTI Mk I hatchback sales in the UK – 17,039

Golf GTI Mk II – 1984-1992

1984 GOLF GTI Mk II LAUNCHED

Launched with 1.8-litre 8V, 112 PS (110 bhp) engine
Length: 3,985 mm (+ 280 mm)
Width: 1,680 mm (+ 50 mm)
Height: 1,395 mm (+ 0)
Top speed: 119 mph
0-62 mph: 8.3 seconds
mpg: 32.5 (urban)

1985 25,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK
UK launch of facelifted model featuring double headlights and twin exhausts
Five door GTI launched in the UK

1986 More powerful engine; 1.8-litre 16V, 139 PS (137 bhp) 
Top speed: 130 mph
0-62 mph: 7.9 seconds
mpg: 26.6 (urban)

1988 50,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

1989 75,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK
Introduction of ‘big bumpers’

1990 1,000,000th Golf GTI produced
Left-hand drive GTI G60 announced for special order in the UK.
Supercharged 1.8-litre 16V, 160 PS (158 bhp) engine
Top speed: 130 mph
0-62 mph: 7.6 seconds
mpg: 23.2 (urban)

1991 Launch of limited run of 70, left-hand drive GTI G60 Limited with 1.8-litre 16V 210 PS (207 bhp) engine
Top speed: 143 mph
0-62 mph: 7.4 seconds
mpg: 20.1 (urban)

Total Golf GTI Mk II hatchback sales in the UK – 80,307

Golf GTI Mk III – 1992-1998

1992 GOLF GTI Mk III LAUNCHED

Launched with 2.0-litre 8V, 115 PS (113 bhp) engine
Length: 4,020 mm (+ 35 mm)
Width: 1,710 mm (+ 30 mm)
Height: 1,405 mm (+ 10 mm) 
Top speed: 123 mph
0-62 mph: 10.1 seconds
mpg: 27.4 (urban)

100,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

Launch of 2.0-litre 16V, 150 PS (148 bhp) engine

Top speed: 134 mph
0-62 mph: 8.3 seconds
mpg: 25.9

Second generation GTI Cabriolet launched

1994 ABS brakes become standard on GTI

1995 Special edition GTI Colour Concept launched with 2.0-litre 8V, 115 PS 
(113 bhp) engine

1996 21 years after first being unveiled, limited run GTI Anniversary launched. 
600 vehicles fitted with 2.0-litre 8V 115 PS (113 bhp) engine and 150 fitted with 2.0-litre 16V, 150 PS (148 bhp) engine

1997 125,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

Total Golf GTI Mk III hatchback sales in the UK – 39,766

Golf GTI Mk IV – 1998-2004

1998 GOLF GTI Mk IV LAUNCHED

Launched with 1.8-litre, 125 PS (123 bhp) and 1.8-litre turbo, 150 PS (148 bhp) engines
Length: 4,149 mm (+ 129 mm)
Width: 1,735 mm (+ 25 mm)
Height: 1,439 mm (+ 34 mm) 
Top speed: 125 mph (1.8-litre) / 134 mph (1.8-litre turbo)
0-62 mph: 9.9 seconds (1.8-litre) / 8.5 seconds (1.8-litre turbo)
mpg: 34.0 (1.8-litre) / 35.3 (1.8-litre turbo) combined
CO2: 199 g/km (1.8-litre) / 192 g/km (1.8-litre turbo)

1999    150,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

Launch of 2.0-litre, 115 PS (113 bhp) engine
Top speed: 121 mph
0-62 mph: 10.5 seconds
mpg: 35.8 combined
CO2: 194 g/km

UK launch of facelifted GTI Cabriolet

2001 175,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

First ever diesel-powered Golf GTI, launched with 1.9-litre, 150 PS (148 bhp) engine
Top speed: 134 mph
0-62 mph: 8.6 seconds
mpg: 52.3 combined
CO2: 146 g/km

2002 25 years since the Golf GTI Mk I was launched is commemorated with the introduction of the GTI Anniversary. Available with either a 1.8-litre turbo, 180 PS (178 bhp) petrol or a 1.9-litre, 150 PS (148 bhp) diesel engine 
Top speed: 138 mph (petrol) / 134 mph (diesel)
0-62 mph: 7.9 seconds (petrol) / 8.6 seconds (diesel)
mpg: 33.2 (petrol) / 52.3 (diesel) combined
CO2: 204 g/km (petrol) / 146 g/km (diesel)

Total Golf GTI Mk IV hatchback sales in the UK – 61,879

Golf GTI Mk V – 2005-2008

2003 Golf GTI Design Study unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

2004 Golf GTI Mk V unveiled
GTI named ‘Top Gear Car of the Year’

2005 GOLF GTI Mk V LAUNCHED

Launched with 2.0-litre, 200 PS T-FSI engine.  For the first time ever, GTI was available as an automatic – the revolutionary DSG twin plate gearbox
Length: 4,216 mm (+ 67 mm)
Width: 1,759 mm (+ 24 mm)
Height: 1,466 mm (+ 27 mm) 
Top speed: 146 mph (145 – DSG)
0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds (6.9 – DSG)
mpg: 35.3 combined
CO2: 189 g/km

200,000th Golf GTI sold in the UK

GTI named ‘What Car? Hot Hatch of the Year’

Launch of GTI Edition 30 to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary fitted with 2.0-litre, 230 PS engine

Top speed: 150 mph
0-62 mph: 6.8 seconds
mpg: 34.4 combined
CO2: 194 g/km
Total sold in the UK: 2,264

The most powerful Golf ever produced by Volkswagen, GTI W12-650 design study, unveiled with 6.0-litre bi-turbo 650 PS engine 
Length: 4,204 mm
Width: 1,919 mm
Height: 1,396 mm 
Top speed: 201 mph (estimate)
0-62 mph: 3.7 seconds

GTI ‘R-Line’ claims 8th place overall and class victory at Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race

2008 2.0-litre T-FSI 230 PS GTI Pirelli launched to commemorate 25th anniversary of the original GTI Mk I variant
Top Speed: 152 mph
0-62 mph: 6.8 seconds
mpg: 34.4 combined
CO2: 194 g/km
Total sold in the UK: 181

Total Golf GTI Mk V hatchback sales in the UK – 18,223

Golf GTI Mk VI – 2009 onwards

2008 Golf GTI Concept unveiled
Top speed: 148 mph
0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds
mpg: 37.6 combined
CO2: 178 g/km

2009 Golf GTI Mk VI displayed at Geneva Motor Show

GOLF GTI Mk VI LAUNCHED

Most powerful standard GTI launched with 2.0-litre TSI, 210 PS engine.  For the first time ever, GTI available with Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), electronic limited slip differential (XDS) and seven airbags
Length: 4,199 mm (- 17 mm)
Width: 1,779 mm (+ 20 mm)
Height: 1,479 mm (+ 13 mm) 
Top speed: 148 mph
0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds  
mpg: 38.1 combined
CO2: 170 g/km

Available to order – 23 March 2009
On sale – 22 May 2009

1977-2008

Total Golf GTI hatchback sales in the UK (Mk I – V) – 217,214



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