“It’s like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance except every car here is a Volkswagen,” an enthusiast shouted from behind the wheel of a dark red late-model GTI carrying its underbody an inch or two off the ground. He sped off, followed by a white GTI that somehow sat even lower than the first.
I couldn’t have asked for a better – or a more accurate – introduction to the GTI Coming Home event Volkswagen organizes a stone’s throw from its historic factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The firm welcomes every type of GTI, and there are a lot of branches on that family tree. We only see the tip of the iceberg in America: the Golf. In Europe, Volkswagen also GTI-ifies the pocket-sized up! and the Polo. Historically, it has also put the badge on the Scirocco, the Lupo, and several generations of the Polo.
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