More than just a badge, GTI is an attitude. GTI models are for people who are serious about driving. People who expect precisely poised suspension tuned to perfection. And iconic styling touches that let other road racers know that you rule the road. Love driving? Love GTI.
Every car that carries the badge has GTI soul pumping through its pistons.
Many brands have followed. We prefer to lead.
The year was 1976. Concorde took to the skies. Nasa unveiled its first space shuttle. And the Golf GTI Mark I put rubber to the road, forever changing the face of accessible performance cars. Finally, there was a car designed and built for those that seek a thrilling drive. For those who crave the pure pleasure of putting your foot down and feeling the car intuitively respond – but who also want a car they can enjoy driving every day, not just on the race track.
And thus, the hot hatch was born.
The Golf GTI Mark I achieved legendary status among the motoring community. Indeed it’s the car that set the benchmark, pioneering the birth of the hot hatch category. And over four decades, there are many models that have proudly born the GTI badge. From the original Golf to the Lupo, Polo and now the up!, each one of them has been tuned to perfection, offering lowered suspension that helps hug the road, powerful engines with plenty of horses under the hood and the instantly recognisable GTI styling flair. Each one is unique, united by GTI DNA that guarantees pure driving pleasure in a package that’s perfectly suited for your day-to-day life.
Exhilarating performance and pure driving pleasure.
It may be compact, but don’t let that fool you: the motoring press are more than a little excited about the up! GTI. Pound for pound, it’s the most fun you can have behind the wheel – and it looks the part too, from the sporty front grille to the tinted rear windows, alloy wheels and bright red brake callipers.
Exhilarating, distinctive, a joy to drive. With a top speed of up to 155mph, a whopping 245 PS and taking as little as 6.2 seconds to go from 0-62mph, this car knows how to move. Features such as differential lock and sports running gear enhance your driving dynamics, guaranteeing sporty, responsive performance whether you’re nipping around town or unleashing your GTI on the open road.
Polo is perfect for life’s adventures, and for those who like theirs a little more action packed, there’s the Polo GTI. Shift up a gear to the Polo GTI and you’ll enjoy all the same features that make the Polo the perfect everyday car, but with performance that lets you tackle life head on with fearless confidence.
"The Volkswagen Golf GTI began life many years ago as a bit of a curiosity, but it soon created an entire car market movement - and has led it ever since because its creators remained focused on what mattered." – Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw
"As unserious and playful a car as Volkswagen has made this decade." – BBC TopGear Magazine. Find out why the motoring press are praising the up! GTI.
Over the Summer of 2018 we partnered with Waze to encourage drivers to pull away from the humdrum and experience the joy of driving. Together, we created - GTI Superdrives.
Waze’s data scientists analysed their app’s data from its 2.5 million strong community to identify 75 of the best drives across the UK, from Britain’s quietest streets to its hairpin corners, proving 2,835km worth of exhilarating Superdrive experiences.
Some of the top GTI Superdrives were:
GTI. The people’s supercar.
Whichever GTI model you choose, you’re getting a sporty car that’s been precision engineered to give you the same thrill you get from driving a supercar, in a practical package that fits perfectly into your everyday life.
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