VW Golf Mk1 With 455HP Proves Old-Timers Still Have What It Takes

They do say that classics never die; that applies to the automotive industry as well, and the first-gen Volkswagen Golf is on that list, especially in GTI guise.

However, this isn’t a range-topping GTI, but a GLS, as the badge on the tailgate shows, which has received a number of important upgrades.

The most important lies in the engine bay, as it produces 455 horses from what is believed to be a swapped powertrain. We don’t know what powerplant it has, but if the number is real, then its output exceeds that of a new Ford Focus RS by some 100hp.

The bigger brakes take care of the much-deserved improved stopping power along with large rims and there’s a roll cage added to the cockpit, but if not for these parts you’d easily mistake it for a well-preserved Golf Mk1.

Its driver, and probably the person behind these mods, still has to figure it out how to put that impressive power to the tarmac, because it appears to struggle for grip, especially in first and second gears, as you can see in the video posted below .


  • Six_Tymes

    I owned two MK1’s, I wish I still had them. the 78 “champagne edition” was crazy fast for whatever reason, much faster than my 77 rabbit. these tuned versions are crazy cool, although this driver seems to be over revving on take off.

  • Bash

    An all time icon.

  • pcurve

    couldn’t get good traction until he shifted into 3rd. love it. lol

  • KidRed

    The new Honda UrbanEV concept does a great job of revisiting it’s heritage. What? Oh, er, nevermind.

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