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Photo special: 40 years of the Volkswagen Golf GTI

Motoring Research Logo By Gavin Braithwaite-Smith of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 40: The Volkswagen Golf GTI may not have been the first sporty version of a regular small hatchback, but it was the first hot hatch. Until the arrival of the Mk1 Golf GTI in 1976, the term ‘hot hatch’ simply didn’t exist. Over seven generations and 40 years, the Golf GTI has cemented its reputation as the definitive car of the breed. We take a brief look at the past four decades, in 40 pictures.

The definitive hot hatch?

The Volkswagen Golf GTI may not have been the first sporty version of a regular small hatchback, but it was the first hot hatch. Until the arrival of the Mk1 Golf GTI in 1976, the term ‘hot hatch’ simply didn’t exist. Over seven generations and 40 years, the Golf GTI has cemented its reputation as the definitive car of the breed. We take a brief look at the past four decades, in 40 pictures.

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