40 Years of Volkswagen GTI in England

Celebrations for a Volkswagen icon: the Golf GTI, which is now 40 years young at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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It is one of the most extraordinary events for classic automobiles and racing cars of every era: the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Thousands flocked to the home of the Earl of March and Kinrara, Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, in Westhampnett, England, for the annual automotive festival. This year at the site, they witnessed celebrations for a Volkswagen icon: the Golf GTI, which is now 40 years young.

Both the Golf Mkl GTI and Polo R WRC took part in the legendary hill climb. At the wheel: racing drivers Strietzel Stuck and Jari-Matti Latvala.

It all began in 1976.

In 1976, Volkswagen launched the first Golf GTI. A production run of only 5,000 was planned. But the GTI democratised the outside lane of the motorway and became the icon of compact sports cars. To date more than two million motorists around the world have gone for a Golf GTI. Delivering 228 kW I 310 PS, the most powerful version is the new Clubsport S with a limited production run of just 400.

In terms of power the Golf GTI Clubsport S is on a par with the 232 kW / 315 PS Polo R WRC, with which Volkswagen won the World Rally Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is on course for the title again in 2016.

  • *Golf GT/ Clubsport S fuel consumption in l/100km: 7.4 (combined). C02 emissions in glkm: 172 (combined). Efficiency class: F. All performance, fuel efficiency and emission figures given are forecasts as at June 2016.

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