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Triumphant Return of the Golf GTI: classic Volkswagen car reappears in 2026, after 51 years off the roads! 

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Triumphal Return of the Golf GTI: Volkswagen's classic car reappears in 2024 after 51 years off the roads!
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New VW Golf GTI is announced and could arrive on the Brazilian automotive market soon. The model appears more than half a century after leaving the roads.

Volkswagen, one of the most popular car brands in Brazil and the world, generated a lot of excitement by bringing back this year a car that hadn't been seen on the roads for more than five decades: the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Here, you will have access to all the details released by the company about this iconic car.

New Volkswagen Golf GTI could hit the automotive market in 2026

According to media reports, Volkswagen's Head of Design, Andreas Mindt confirmed through his Instagram profile that the German brand has plans for the arrival of a new GTI model from 2026. Thus, to the delight of many, the car will now be electric and should be based on the ID compact hatch. two.

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The designer published a drawing of a 1975 Volkswagen Golf GTI next to a more recent model and confirmed in the caption that In 2026, an electric version of the iconic model will be presented, announcing the return of this true legend.

The VW Golf GTI was presented for the first time at 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, with a production of 5 thousand units. So far, it has sold more than 2,8 million. In 2026, the brand will unveil the electric version of this iconic model.

Therefore, it is possible to predict that the next generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI should have elements in common with the ID GTI concept revealed in September this year.

It is worth mentioning that the concept itself already has some items reminiscent of the original Golf, such as the personalized layout of the digital instrument panel. For those who don't know, the original model was launched in 1975 and, therefore, according to the expectations that were generated, it will have a restyled version after 51 years of history.

Next Volkswagen Golf GTI could deliver more than 245 hp 

The next Volkswagen GTI will be built on the SSP modular platform, which is an evolution of the current MEB used by the German brand. Many technical details about the model are still a total mystery, however, it is likely that the hot hatch will offer more than the 245 horsepower of the eighth-generation Golf.

Imelda Labbé, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Council, Sales, Marketing and After-Sales

Scheduled to reach the European market in 2026, the ninth generation Golf GTI has a chance of being sold here. This is because the version of ID.2 All production – model on which it may be based – has already had its debut confirmed for the country. Before that, however, Volkswagen must launch a restyling of the current Golf, which is not sold in Brazil.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI should be equipped with batteries ranging between 38 kWh and 56 kWh, aimed at the GTI, with charging capacity of up to 125 kW and a range of approximately 450 km per charge.

It is worth mentioning that, being 4,05 m long, the ID.2all is much smaller than the Golf, at 4,284 m currently, however, it is 1,812 m wide, even more than the 1,789 m of the average hatch. The base is smaller, at 2,60 m compared to the Golf's 2,63 m, but that's less, given that the MQB-Light can be stretched and the next Golf is around 4,30 m long and 2,65 .2,70 m or XNUMX m wheelbase.

Discover the history of the VW Golf GTI

Acclaimed, the Volkswagen Golf GTI became one of the main models in the history of the global automotive market. In addition to being a derivative of one of the best-selling cars of all time, the GTI acronym marked the beginning of the hot hatch era.

It all started in 1974, when a small group of Volkswagen employees in Germany, led by Volkswagen's then head of press, Anton Konrad, contradicted a decision made by the company's management. The objective was not to associate its models with the rebelliousness of sports cars.

A few years after the project came to light, in 1976, the model was renamed the Volkswagen Golf GTI and was launched commercially. At first, the idea was to be a special version limited to 5 thousand units, but it was so successful that production continued.

This first version delivered a 1.6 engine with 112 horsepower and had the charm of exclusive seats with a checkered design and a sports steering wheel. It reached a top speed of 185 km/h and could go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9,2 seconds.

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