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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Newest and Oldest

January 27, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The original GTI, the Rabbit GTI, (the Golf was initially called the Rabbit in the U.S.) debuted in the states for 1983. It was something of a landmark car, as it started the "hot hatch" segment and put to rest the belief that driving a small, practical and economical car had to be a snooze fest.

Being something of a car trivia buff, I wondered how our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI compared to the original in terms of size and performance. What a difference three decades makes...






1983 GTI

155.3 in.

94.5 in.

63.4 in.

2,200 lbs.

2015 GTI

168.0 in.

103.6 in.

70.5 in.

3,086 lbs.



0-60 mph

1/4 mile


1983 GTI

90 hp

10.6 sec.

17.7 sec @ 76.0 mph

61.3 mph

2015 GTI

210 hp

6.2 sec.

14.5 sec @ 97.9 mph

71.2 mph

*1983 GTI specs taken from Road and Track, November 1982

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,267 miles

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