Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
3 minute read
11 May 2020
8:37 am

Long-term: Hello junior GTI

Charl Bosch

What is unlikely to be disputed is the locally built GTI’s dominance of its segment.

In the expansive and often confusing realm of automotive nomenclatures, very few can match the cache associated with the initials G T I. The story surrounding the Grand Turismo Injection denominator’s rise to prominence and legendary status is of course well known. Etched onto the bootlid and grille of a sportier looking and more powerful version of the then flagship 1.6-litre Volkswagen Golf in 1975, the impact was unprecedented. Aside from what is always regarded as the first true hot hatch, the use of the GTi name and what it stood for was such that by the mid-80s and early...