Unique Car Sales

Australian Classic Cars

Unique Cars and Parts on Facebook

Classic Cars for Sale
RSS Feed From Unique Cars and Parts Classifieds

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk. 1

Send This Page To A Friend

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk.I

1981 - 1984
Flat 4.
1588 cc
110 bhp
4/5 spd. man
Top Speed:
111 mph
Number Built:
2 star
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk.I
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2


The Golf GTi was more an evolution than a revolution. Its mechanics were that of the ordinary Golf, however the power was to come from a more sporty Audi-designed 1.6 litre engine.

Other improvements over the standard Golf were to include stiffer springs, bigger wheels and front disc brakes, closer gear ratios and a lower ride height - all the ingredients needed to make a hot hatch.

The 1.6 litre twin-carburettor engine developed 100 bhp, which was soon upgraded with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection increasing power to 110 bhp.

Combined with 5-speed transmission, (replaced the 4-speeder in 1981), it could do 0-100 km/h in around 9 seconds. In 1982, the engine was stroked-out to 1.8 litres, which gave a slight power rise of 2 hp and 13 lbft.

Visitor Rating:

Also see:

Volkswagen Heritage
Volkswagen Car Commercials
Reader Reviews page 1 of 1
Click here to add your review
Posted 1977 days ago
Not a good article. Who wrote this?
First of all, the mk1 GTI was not from 1981 to 1984 but from 1976 to 1984. It did not have a flat-4 engine with twin carburettors and 100bhp but an inline-4 engine with Bosch K-Jetronic and 110bhp from the beginning.
It says that the GTI featured bigger wheels, front disc brakes and a lower ride height. It did not. The GTI had the same 13x4,5" steel wheels as the ordinary Golf up to 1982. It did have front disc brakes, but so did the ordinary Golf. The difference was that the GTI had vented rotors as opposed to the Golfs solid rotors. It also did not ride any lower than the standard Golf.
The 1,8 112bhp DX engine is not a "stroked-out" version of the 1,6 110bhp EM. The block is quite different with a bigger bore. Also, the cylinder head is completely different.
More accuratly, what the original GTI featured which made it better than the standard Golf was: vented rotors, fatter tyres, front and rear swaybars, bucket seats, wing flairs, a large two-piece front spoiler, black-painted bumpers, the 110bhp engine, the close-ratio transmission and much more standard equipment that was optional to the standard Golf.
Unique Cars and Parts - The Ultimate Classic Car Resource