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Extreme golfe from 30 years: Golf with up to 652 hp

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T he VW Golf was already a sure-fire success in the 80s , nevertheless, VW thought of marketing campaigns that should bring the Golf even more attention. The See-Golf was invented in 1983, a floating version of the VW Golf I Cabrio. Bolted floats could be operated hydraulically. At Oettinger, the series engine was boosted to 150 hp and propelled a propeller in the stern via a cardan shaft. The See-Golf was thus up to 30 km /h fast. This is simply decoupled by land. The See-Golf has a dry stand in the VW Museum.

Golf G60 Limited - 16V and G-Lader

An inconspicuous motorsport badge on the rear and one in the radiator grille as well as a radiator grille frame held in blue characterize what is probably the most extraordinary VW Golf of the 80s - the VW Golf Limited. A four-door Golf II body meets the all-wheel drive of the Synco and the never-before-seen Motormix GTI 16V with G60 charger. Fine-tuned to each other, a whopping 210 hp and 252 Nm of torque were ready in 1989 to accelerate the Limited to 100 km /h and up to 229 km /h in 7.4 seconds. On average, the fully equipped Limited then also chased 14.6 liters through the injection nozzles. The VW Golf Limited was produced in an edition of 70 copies and was distributed to friends of the house at a price of 68,500 marks. To date, however, only a few copies have survived, one of which can be admired in Wolfsburg.

Golf Syncro Turbo - inconspicuously fast

Anyone who believes the Golf II has already reached its peak performance with the Limited is mistaken. A turbo version of the VW Golf 16 V Synco was launched at VW Motorsport as early as 1988. Derived from the Pikes Peak racer, 0.9 bar boost pressure provided 226 hp and 238 Nm of torque. The visually completely inconspicuous Turbo Golf sprinted to 100 km /h in 5.8 seconds and was 233 km /h fast. The test consumption at the time was 14.8 liters, the petrol price converted however still at 50 cents.

Hillclimber with 652 HP

Pikes Peak opens another chapter in VW Golf history. In 1987 the Wolfsburg-based company took part in racing in Colorado with a bi-engine Golf. The Twin-Golf is based on the Golf GTI and has two engines that work independently of one another - oneEngine in front, one engine in rear - equipped. This drive concept allowed either front, rear or all-wheel drive. The two 16 V engines were pressurized by turbochargers and thus each developed 326 hp. In total, the Pikes Peak Golf, which had a speed of just 184 km /h, had 652 hp. At Pikes Peak he remained unsuccessful under Jochi Kleint, was slowed down by the defect devil and then mothballed as a project. The bi-moto golf is also in the museum in Wolfsburg.

A59 - almost in series

1993 Another special Golf made its appearance with the VW Golf III Rallye A59. The prototype was fired by a two-liter turbo four-cylinder with 275 hp, which propelled the all-wheel-drive vehicle up to 270 km /h. Exposed fenders, fat aprons and a heavily perforated front section clearly indicated the motorsport ambitions. The vehicle was built by the Schmidt company in Cadolzburg near Nuremberg, which has also produced rally vehicles for Audi. The VW Golf A59 was tested intensively under Walter Röhrl. There were calls from the dealers for a small series. Over 2,500 copies at a unit price of 80,000 marks were considered. Then the project was discontinued. A total of two prototypes were built, one is still in the VW Museum in Wolfsburg, the other in the Schmidt car dealership in Cadolzburg.

Twelve-cylinder cylinders for the Wörthersee

The most spectacular Golf variation could probably be seen on the VW Golf GTI Admire the 2007 meeting at Wörthersee. The Wolfsburg-based company planted a six-liter W12 engine under a VW Golf V bodywork that has grown considerably in width and interspersed with ventilation openings. Because it doesn't fit under the front hood, it moved behind the passengers as a mid-engine. With its 650 hp and 750 Nm, it only fires two people ahead. But with force. The 100 km /h mark should fall after 3.7 seconds, the top speed is set at 325 km /h. The monster from Wörthersee now rests as a unique piece in the museum in Wolfsburg.

And if you believe the rumor mill, then the special Gölfe will increase with the start of production of the Golf VII by two more unique pieces. It is assumed that there are two Golf RS specimens for Piëch and Winterkorn with all-wheel drive and around 375 hp. They are probably not in the VW Museum.

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