Quicker, more digital, still plaid

Volkswagen calls the upcoming 2022 Golf GTI the most digital GTI of all time, but don’t worry, the German brand is referring to the car’s interior. The techno-revolution will spare the sporty handling that has made it a hot hatch favorite since it was introduced in 1975. The eighth generation, or Mk VIII, Golf GTI will sport a digital instrument cluster, a larger infotainment screen, and more connectivity. More important for enthusiasts, though, it will have more power and greater agility, and be quicker around a racetrack.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI will arrive in the second half of 2021 only as a four-door model. The two-door won’t return, and neither will the base Golf TSI. A Golf R will hit the market at about the same time also as a 2022 model. We had previously speculated that both would be 2021s.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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These Vansploitation Movies of the 1970s are Terrible Must-Watch Hilarity

Sometimes bad can be good—especially when we are referring to vansploitation movies of the 1970s. Like the hot-rod and biker movies of the 1950s and 1960s, the 1970s was the golden age of movies about vans. But let us be clear: This genre of celluloid includes some of the cheesiest, most sexist, and dumbest plotlines in motion picture history—think “Smokey and the Bandit” meetsPorky’s”—but it also includes some of the coolest customized vans of all-time. Chances are you’ve probably never heard of or ever watched any of these silly vansploitation flicks, so know up front that the vans usually feature wild paint jobs with suggestive graphics, shag carpeting, CB radios, waterbeds, mirrors on the ceiling, refrigerators, toasters, and much more.

Here are four essential vansploitation movies to check out.  

“Blue Summer” (1973)

The earliest known vansploitation movie of the ’70s is “Blue Summer,” directed

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