Robert Bowen
Robert Bowen Editor
10/20/20 8:28 a.m.

[Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the August 2011 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

Plenty of cars are named after animals that could kill you if provoked, but Volkswagens have tended to go by more humble handles. A zoo of Jaguars, Cobras, Barracudas and Sting Rays may make Beetles, Foxes and Rabbits seem downright sheepish, but VW models have enjoyed …

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Placemotorsports GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/20/20 8:41 a.m.

Always liked these but I got a CRX si back in the day instead.  Lightweight hot hatches are super fun

noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/20/20 8:54 a.m.

I still miss my 86 Gti.  But it is in good hands with my son taking over ownership.

rustomatic Reader
10/20/20 9:44 a.m.

I had two of these back in the olden days:  an '87 and a '92.  Both were 16V, but the '92 actually had the 2.0 16V, which seemed underrated at the listed power level.  The clutch lasted two days in the '92 (Bay Area used car--this was expected).  The '87 was run over by my (twitchy) neighbor in a tow truck.  Both cars would continue to be driven and sold at a profit.  The GTI will always rule the hot hatch market.

docwyte UberDork
10/20/20 4:12 p.m.

My first real car was a '91 16v. Wish I still had it.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/20/20 4:57 p.m.

My '87 16V was one of the coolest cars I had. 

Bought it in the mid 90's from a Swedish girl for $1200, it was an old car back then lol:

Had it repainted and changed the doors to the later ones, big bumpers, deleted the parking lights and got rid of the flares. Today I probably wouldn't do any of that. 

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