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  Volkswagen Golf IV GTI 132
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2001
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIntroduced in 1976 the Golf GTI initiated the 'hot-hatch' theme. In 2001 the GTI celebrated its 25th birthday and to commorate that Volkswagen released a special edition of the Golf GTI, equipped with the 1.8 litre Turbocharged already found in many of Seat and Audi performance models.

It's the first time the 180bhp engine is used in a Volkswagen and it gives the 2001 GTI the performance the 1976 GTI has become famous for. Mated to a six speed manual gearbox resulted in sub 8 seconds 0-60mph times and a near 140mph topspeed.

A glance at the interior reveals aluminium-coloured sill panel trims, complete with GTI logo, and ergonomically shaped Recaro sports seats. These also bear the red GTI logo, as does the backrest of the split rear seat. The instrument cluster consists of round dials with an aluminium look - a large speedometer and rev counter and smaller coolant temperature and fuel gauges. The centre console and interior door handles are finished with trims made of brushed aluminium. With their perforated leather and red stitching, the steering wheel, the handbrake and the gear lever gaiter all hark back to the original GTI of 1976, as does the gear lever knob in the design of a golf ball.

The 180bhp Golf GTI is only available in a two-door version with tornado red, reflex silver metallic or black magic pearl effect paintwork.

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