Volkswagen Golf GTI MKII
Power: fuel-injected 1.8 litre 8v with 110bhp/ 16v with 137bhp
Features: Desirable classic. Icon marking the definition of hot hatches. Pure heritage.
History: The Golf GTI MKII bears some resemblance to its predecessor, inheriting certain style elements that had already come to represent the GTI sub-brand – the red detailing around the grille, the golfball gear knob, and a subtle ‘GTI’ badge on the back. It was still an innocuous presence on the road, but it had grown. It was wider, longer and heavier to the tune of around one extra passenger’s worth of kilos.
Installed with the GTI MKI's 8-valve engine, the time to 60 was increased by a second compared to its predecessor. The 8-valve engine in this car feels a bit breathless under acceleration, the quid pro quo being brakes that actually work.
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