Hot Hatch

Go Back to 1975 With the VW MK1 GTI

The original hot hatch is just as incredible today as it was when it first launched way back in 1975.

Back in 1975, Volkswagen launched what started off as an after-hours skunk works project with zero sales expectations. The team of engineers involved believed it was possible to turn a small economy car into a performance model that could offer owners both everyday conveniences as well as driving fun. This was the Mk1 Golf GTI, the car that literally created the hot hatch segment. It may have only had a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, but it produced a total of 108 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque.

That output allowed the car to go from 0-62 mph in 9 seconds flat with a top speed of 113 mph. Not bad for 1975. While today's model is vastly more powerful, the original hot hatch remains every bit as fun to drive today as when it first rolled off the production line.

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