1983 Volkswagen GTI Overview

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1983 Volkswagen GTI Overview

The 1983 Volkswagen GTI, originally sold as the Rabbit GTI until 1985 when it took on its European name of Golf, was a sports hatchback that was light and nimble on the highway. This 2-door hatchback was equipped with more power and a stiffer, performance-oriented suspension than the Rabbit, and being a 2-door, its light weight meant better agility and a more spirited drivign experience.

The 1983 Volkswagen GTI hit 90-horsepower with its inline eight-valve, 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder fuel-injection engine and 5-speed manual transmission. A double-cam 16-valve version was also available, turning the GTI into quite the little powerhorse, despite its plain styling. On the outside, it distinguished itself from the Rabbit with its more boxy front end and "snowflake" style alloy wheels, while the inside offered leatherette-trimed upholstery and sports-inspired seating. Though still with an eye towards budget, this hatchback was a practical car for drivers who also wanted a bit of zip and zest when they hit the gas.

Drivers praised its precision handling and quick maneuverability in and out of traffic and around curvy roads. It is a lot of fun to drive because it is both fast and solid, with little slippage on rough roads or in bad weather.

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