Volkswagen will be celebrating 40 years of the Golf GTI at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place from the 23rd – 26th June in Chichester West Sussex.
In 1976, the Golf GTI Mk1 (the first ever Golf GTI) went on sale in the UK. And with a 40 year history, the Golf GTI has truly achieved iconic status. It is now into its seventh generation and to mark this milestone, Volkswagen recently created the most impressive iteration ever with the Golf GTI Clubsport S, which smashed the Nürburgring lap record time for front-wheel-drive cars.
Both the Clubsport S and the Mk1, the bookends of the Golf GTI 40 year story, will take the world famous trip up Goodwood hill driven by two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Hans-Joachim Stuck. This thrilling demonstration will highlight just how much of an effect 40 years of technological advancement has had on the Golf GTI range.
Additionally, Volkswagen are set to entertain motorsport fans with a display of its FIA World Rally Championship dominating Polo R WRC model. Nine-time champion Jari-Matti Latvala will be the man behind the wheel of the Polo R WRC, which consists of a 322 PS 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with permanent four-wheel drive.
Also on display this year will be the Golf GTI Mk3, another landmark GTI which further demonstrates how much the GTI range has evolved over its 40 year lifetime. And in terms of the possible future of Golf GT models, last year Volkswagen gave fans a glimpse into what we may one day expect when they unveiled the Golf GTE Sport concept car at the Lake Wörthersee Golf GTI event in Austria. This concept car is powered by a 400 PS plug-in hybrid system and represents what can be achieved when designers and engineers catapult the GT idea a long way into the future.
Amongst other models that will feature on Volkswagen’s impressive display stand this year will be the all-new Tiguan, which is part of a whole host of SUVs due for release by Volkswagen in the near future.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a flagship event on the motoring calendar which attracts hundreds of thousands of motoring enthusiasts over the course of the weekend.