However, this drag race doesn’t put the modern city car, in its most powerful form, against the Mk1 generation of the Golf GTI, but sees it go up against the newer Mk2, which is about as potent as the Up! GTI, and actually, a bit lighter, too.
The classic hot hatch uses a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, whereas the brand’s most affordable GTI model has a turbocharged 1.0-liter unit, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. The naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration won’t blow anyone’s mind, but it still stands at a very respectable 8.8 seconds, whereas top speed goes up to 196 km/h (122 mph).
As mentioned above, the weight factor should play a decisive role, as the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk2 has the advantage on its side. It tips the scales at just under 1 ton (2,205 lbs), while the newer car weighs a bit over 1 ton.
Over the years, the old hot hatch may have lost some ponies from the stable. But did it lose so many that it doesn’t stand a chance next to the Volkswagen Up! GTI, or is it still superior in a straight line acceleration, despite being introduced more than three decades ago? You can find out by watching the following video.