After being out of showrooms for a couple of years due to a delayed redesign and labor problems at the carmaker's plant in Mexico, the Volkswagen GTI reappeared in with a vengence -- and with a new engine. It was linked to a five-speed manual transmission. The GTI's engine received high marks from drivers, who noted that it got great gas mileage for the high-performance it delivered. Many drivers also appreciated the car's handling and storage capability, thanks to its hatchback design.
Volkswagen Golf Mk3
Volkswagen GTI VR6
Those words are 12 years old. We wrote them in , having just unearthed a boxy little Rabbit that had leapt out of its hutch in the most unlikely of breeding grounds: Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. The original GTI mesmerized us: 90 horsepower and a 0-to time of—hang onto your Devo tapes—9. Oh my God, Becky. Today, you can practically buy garden tractors that are as powerful and fast as the original GTI.
1995 Volkswagen GTI VR6
It was launched in mainland Europe in August ,  in the United Kingdom in February ,  and in North America in the spring of The delay in North America was due to Volkswagen 's decision to supply U. Quality control problems led Volkswagen of America to reject Golfs and Jettas from Mexico; shortly thereafter labor unrest at the plant delayed production there even further.
You just can't keep a good car down. Following a decade of successfully courting the affections of enthusiast drivers across America, Volkswagen abruptly turned around and put its legendary GTI through some pretty grim paces here in the U. After offering a rather emasculated variant for model-year '93, the automaker dropped it altogether from the abbreviated '94 Golf lineup.