Ten Favorite Volkswagen Golfs (That Aren’t GTIs) — Volkswagen Citi Golf

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Ten Favorite Volkswagen Golfs Aren’t GTIs)

Can the Golf the Beetle? When the former debuted in 1975, few thought all-new compact offering outlive the legendary Bug, but it as if model longevity runs in the  Volkswagen’s in the process of launching its Golf. so we’ve decided to back and round up a few of our favorite that aren’t GTIs.

1955 Volkswagen EA 48 Prototype

No, technically isn’t a Golf, but perhaps the first Volkswagen to foreshadow the Golf’s basic – and it did so twenty years before the introduction. While VW was busy out billions of Bugs, its engineers hard at work on their in-house design. That car – as EA 48 – couldn’t have been different from the Beetle. came from an air-cooled placed up front, which the front wheels.  In lieu of the front torsion beam the EA utilized MacPherson struts.


nothing immediately came of the prototype, but it profoundly shaped Volkswagens to come. Although it was smaller than the finished 1 Golf/Rabbit the EA 48’s front-engine, MacPherson front suspension lived on.

2.    1979-1982 Rabbit Pickup

The Golf may have been and developed in Germany, but the pickup was the brainchild of Volkswagen of America. The States was still reeling the impact of the OPEC crisis, and thrifty, pickups were in popularity. A Golf-based model to tick the right boxes. models, which used little 1.5-liter I-4, incredibly stingy on fuel. yet, the fact that were built in Pennsylvania the Pickup could be too, avoiding the so-called Chicken Tax on virtually every foreign-built truck.

Sales in 1980 and were steady, ringing in at and 33,879 units, respectively, but to 12,769 in 1982. VW decided to the plug on the model in mid-1983, but the didn’t die altogether. Instead, VW tooling to its plant in Yugoslavia, and selling it in Europe as the Caddy. ran until the early 1990s, VW’s South African kept building Caddies 2007.

3.    1987 Golf Twin-Engine Pikes Rally Car

When you think of AG and Pikes Peak, your flashes to wicked winged Quattro S1 coupes screaming way up the top of the 8400-foot mountain. Iconic, but the Quattros weren’t the only VW product to compete at the Colorado In 1987, Volkswagen Motorsport a rally weapon of its own just for the Peak event.

Although it like any other Mark II from afar, it bore no mechanical relationship to the road In addition to an aluminum-intensive body the Pikes Peak golf not one but two 1.8-liter, 16-valve I-4s, of which was fitted with a supercharger and a turbocharger. The result? A 652-hp, all-wheel-drive monster – or, in words, the ideal speed for setting a new course record. it failed to do so, as a transmission failure the finish line resulted in a

4.    1989 Volkswagen Rallye

Box flares? All-wheel-drive? power? It should be no wonder why we over homologation rally and the Rallye Golf is no exception. To the likes of the Lancia Delta in the World Rally Championship, VW crafted its own rally weapon. one 158-hp, supercharged “G60” I-4, mate it with a manual transmission and the company’s all-wheel-drive system, and wrap it in bodywork complete with fenders, and boom: you have the Rallye. In order to appease the rulebook, VW hand-built 5000 homologation copies for sale to the

Had things gone a little years ago, a handful of cars would have been sold in the United Automobile had the fortune to drive one of a of U.S.-spec Rallye Golf VW brought to the states. “One run the first few gears proves is no mere tart-up job on a basic we wrote. “The G-Lader pulls smoothly and evenly, much like a normally engine of perhaps 50 percent displacement. Once the tach clears 3000 rpm, seem to build exponentially, the car forward on a satisfying wave of noises.”

Sadly, it wasn’t to be. James the Volkswagen of America executive in favor of selling the car stateside, during the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing in of 1988. Had VWoA proceeded to the car in America, it would have a steep price tag – early suggested a Rallye Golf have fetched nearly in 1989, or roughly $10,000 than a GTI 16V.

5.    Volkswagen Golf Country

first started offering its all-wheel-drive system in the second-generation in 1986, but it took the idea to a new – or ride height, rather – the 1990 Country. VW lifted the to provide an SUV-like stance, and decked the car out with skid tubular brush guards and bumpers, and a swing-away rear tire carrier. Roughly examples were built by Puch in Austria, the same that helped co-develop the driveline in the first place.

1990 Volkswagen Golf G60

Volkswagen started offering the G60 engine in European GTI models in The forced-induction four allowed the GTI to nearly 160 hp, but Volkswagen Motorsport it could do one better. The 1990 Limited looked much the GTI G60, but was essentially a Rallye in sheep’s clothing. Actually, it was one better – the eight-valve (two per head used on the Rallye was with the 16-valve head for the upping power to 210 hp. Only 71 were hand-built by VW Motorsport, and were sold directly to executives. It would remain one of the potent Golf models built until the advent of

7.    2004 Volkswagen R32

The R32 was Volkswagen’s first true at building an uber-Golf since the of the Limited and Rallye, and like cars, it almost wasn’t in North America. Thankfully, minds within Volkswagen and were rewarded with sales. VW originally expected the allotment for the U.S. to sell in two instead, the entire run was spoken for in half that time. And why it be? The R32 represented the fourth-generation Golf’s and was packed with every of performance goodie the imagination want. A 3.2-liter VR6 V-6 delivered a 240 hp, which was sent through a manual transmission to a Haldex-sourced all-wheel-drive system.

Don’t let the GTI fool you: this a Golf GTI. It wasn’t, as we during a brief drive in fully functional – gearshift and ESP buttons were for décor and the battery functioned only to the cooling fans — not the or any other portion of the electrical But oh, what a wild creation the was. In the vein of Group B weapons like the Peugeot 205 16 and MG Metro 6R4, engineers an insanely powerful engine in the normally allotted for a rear In this case, the engine was a twin-turbocharged W-12 borrowed a Bentley Continental. That of power allowed engineers to a theoretical top end of over 200 mph and a 3.7-second mph launch time, but as we found, that sort of power without spinning proved

9.    2009 Volkswagen Golf Mk 1

Production of the Mark 1 ended eons ago, Wrong. Much like the Beetle, previous Golf lived on in the corners of the globe after they were in Europe and North America. in point? The first generation was phased out in 1984, but assembly in South Africa, where the Golf was known as the Citi In recent years, the Citi received a number of styling applied to later Golfs, monochromatic flared fenders and smoothed bumpers, new aluminum patterns, and an updated interior. ultimately ended in late and a special-edition model called the Mk 1 a lowered suspension, 15-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering and rocker sill stripes. 1000 Mk 1 special-edition models built.

Okay, so this is essentially a GTI with a diesel engine, but bend the rules a little bit in instance. Why? Because the GTD the line between penny-p[inching economy and hot hatch fun even At 170 hp, it’s a bit shy of the 200-hp offered by the but it still drives about as while returning some fuel economy figures. the GTD has been a European exclusive for decades, there’s some for North America – Volkswagen’s product planners are keenly in bringing the next-generation model We say the sooner, the better.

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