The Volkwagen Up! GTI is a reborn Mark 1 Rabbit GTI


When the first generation VW Rabbit GTI was introduced into the American market for 1983, it represented a new category of vehicle: the “hot hatch.” Born of the fuel crises that killed the muscular guzzlers of the recent past, but meant to satisfy an unyielding desire for affordable fun, it followed a recipe familiar to hot-rodders since the dawn of the automobile: take a small vehicle and add more fast. The first generation, three-door Rabbit GTI—based on the German Mark 1 Golf, but built in and renamed for the US—was foundational, establishing the hot hatch market and eventually inviting competitors like the Dodge Omni GLH, Honda Civic Si, and Toyota Corolla FX16.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/07/06/the-volkswagen-up-gti-is-a-reborn-mark-1-rabbit-gti