Just like the New Beetle and 5 other cars spread around the VW Group, the 1997 Volkswagen Golf Mk4 GTI was built on a platform shared with the other models. It is not to say, however, that the Golf lacked individuality, because it certainly didn’t! In fact, the Volkswagen engineers ended up over-developing the car (in a good way) as to avoid the mistakes that plagued the Mk3 version of the Golf. They had to be particularly careful to retain the special ‘Golf’ feel, as it was quickly becoming an icon, and not something to be trifled with lightly. Doing such could adversely affect sales! What is certain is that they made sure that the new Golf was built to high standards and avoid any build-quality issues which could quickly cripple a car.
To ensure that the new Golf GTI could keep up with its ‘GTI’ badge, it was equipped a peppier inline 20-valve 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, turbocharged to a pleasing 150 horsepower, which are transmitted to the front wheels through a smooth five-speed manual transmission. The Golf GTI’s top speed was 131 mph, and boasted an acceleration to 60 in just under 9 seconds.
The 1997 Volkswagen Golf Mk4 GTI is a worthy successor to the great cars that have preceded it, and heralded even greater things to come!