If you saw this first-generation VW Golf GTI on the street, you probably wouldn’t be batting blindly, thinking it was like any other golf. However, it is actually very different.
The Golf GTI has been a staple at various drag racing events across Europe over the past few years and has been at the forefront of the RACE1000 event in Germany earlier this month. It wasn’t the fastest car at the event but it was certainly the most interesting.
Details about this golf are relatively hard to find but what we do know is that it produces an incredible 600 hp churn, mainly thanks to the fit of a huge turbocharger. This is an insane figure for a car of this size, and it has been made even more wild because it does not feature a DSG transmission like a modern golf, and instead has a more traditional manual ‘box’.
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The following two clips show a handful of other cars golf racing during the event. In the first run, it was lined with an MK7.5 Golf R but was thrown into the dust of this more modern hot hatch. In the second race it was seen competing with the Mercedes-AMG GT63S, and when VW became the second best again, it still built the speed pile, finally hitting 250 km / h (155 mph) at the end of the race, a very impressive figure. .
In the final race VW competed against a Lamborghini Aventador. Considering Lamborghini has more power and an all-wheel-drive system, it’s no surprise to win. Surprisingly, however, the VW peaked at 251 km / h (155.9 mph), shy of the Aventador’s 258 km / h (160 mph) trap speed.