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Extreme variants of the VW Golf: Golf can be so crazy

Thomas Gerhardt
Extreme variants of the VW Golf
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T he VW Golf was already a sure-fire success in the 80s However, VW was thinking of marketing campaigns that should attract even more attention to the Golf. 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 today.

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 thinks 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 thatGolf GTI and is equipped with two engines that work independently of one another - one engine at the front and one engine at the rear. 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.

VW Golf Design Vision GTI in 3.9 seconds to 100 km /h

For the 2013 Wörthersee meeting, VW engineers presented another extreme model, the Golf Design Vision GTI. Under the hood, the two-liter TFSI had to give way to a V6 gasoline direct injection engine that squeezes a whopping 503 hp from three liters of displacement including two turbochargers. The maximum torque of the Design Vision GTI is 560 Nm. The power is sent to all four wheels via the dual clutch transmission (DSG). So equipped, the show car sprints to 100 km /h in 3.9 seconds, the maximum possible is beyond the 300 limit.

Also at theThe optics were vigorously filed. In order to create space for significantly larger track widths and 20-inch alloy wheels with 235 tires at the front and 275 rollers at the rear, the C-pillars and the side skirts were made extremely wide. In addition, a striking apron at the front and a powerful diffuser element at the rear ensure the perfect circuit look. In the race look, the VW Golf Design Vision GTI is then only 4,253 mm long and 1,385 mm high. The width, however, increased to 1.87 meters.

VW Golf GTI Roadster based on the GTI Cabrio

One year later, VW had the next Kracher Golf follow. For the 2014 Wörthersee event, the group unpacked the VW Golf GTI Roadster study, a compact sports car that was designed for the Gran Turismo 6 racing simulation. The open GTI is based on the VW Golf GTI Cabrio and is powered by a three-liter V6 engine with twin-turbo charging, which provides the driver with 503 hp and 665 Nm of torque.

Of course, the VW designers evaluated Also the optics: They gave the VW Golf GTI Roadster new aprons at the front and rear, new side skirts, a diffuser element and a powerful spoiler. The wheel arches have been expanded to include 20-inch alloy wheels with 235/35 tires at the front and 275/30 rollers at the rear. Particularly striking: the greatly shortened, frameless front window that runs around the side. The VW Golf GTI Roadster is delayed by a ceramic brake system with 380 discs at the front and 356 discs on the rear axle.

VW GTI Supersport Vision GT

Another console hit, the VW The VW GTI Supersport Vision GT has been brought into reality for the 2015 Wörthersee meeting. Its attributes: broad, aggressive, powerful and extremely fast. The classy compact sports study should power up to 100 km /h in 3.6 seconds and defy air resistance well beyond the 300 mark. It's made possible by sophisticated aerodynamics.

The respectable acceleration and Vmax values ​​are made possible by a double-charged three-liter VR6, which was already raging in the GTI Roadster. VW shapes the body of the Supersport Vision GT in accordance with the high performance: thick radiator cheek, broad shoulders, narrow side mirrors, sophisticated diffuser, double pipes and XXL roof spoiler --beta '> VW Golf R400 will go into series production

Will the VW GTI Supersport Vision GT ever mature into a production model? Probably not. A hardcore Golf that will come, however, is the Golf R400, as VW technology board member Heinz-Jakob Neußer confirmed. As the number in the name suggests, the vehicle extracts exactly 400 hp from the two-liter four-cylinder. With the upgraded unit, the VW Golf R400 lets the speedometer needle rush over the 100 mark on the dial after 3.9 seconds.

But it stays with the over-series Golf. Or puts VW aboutstill after? It would be possible. With a 420 PS 2.0 TFSI, known from the Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept.

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