This is What Tuning Looked Like in 1982

Mk1 Golf GTI tuned to deliver similar performance of today’s equivalent model.
As VW celebrates the 40th anniversary of the illustrious Golf, one tuning house with a special attachment to the German carmaker has pulled one of its earliest aftermarket projects out of the vault. Volkswagen Group tuning specialist ABT Sportsline offered a special version of the VW Golf Mk1 back in 1982, just before the launch of the second-gen Golf. The popular hatchback received a seven-inch widebody kit, modified suspension, steel wheel spacers, and alloys wrapped in wide-base rubber.

Performance upgrades saw the GTI’s 1.8-liter unit upped from 108 to 161 hp thanks to a KKK turbocharger borrowed from the AudiQuattro, autothermal pistons and a special crankshaft. The result was a 0-62 mph time of 6.8 seconds – just 0.3 seconds slower than the current Golf GTI. Rounding off the treatment was a white-leather steering wheel and upgraded instruments. The price of the aftermarket program was 15,000 Deutsche Marks, or around $10,000 – a fair chunk of change for the time.