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Volkswagen - 1991 Golf III GTI
Volkswagen - 1991 Golf III GTI

Volkswagen - 1991 Golf III GTI

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VW Golf III GTI The Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The UK market had to wait a further two years for vehicles to arrive - 1977 saw 34 examp... More »
VW Golf III GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The UK market had to wait a further two years for vehicles to arrive - 1977 saw 34 examples, all of them left hand drive, sold in the GTI's first tentative year.

The GTI was powered by a 1,588 cc four cylinder engine with K-Jetronic fuel injection it developed 110 PS at 6,100 rpm and 103 lbs ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. This allowed the GTI, which weighed 810 kg unladen, to hit 60 mph from standstill in nine-seconds before reaching a top speed of 110 mph.

The now familiar mix of a high-revving, responsive four-cylinder engine installed in a hatchback body with the emphasis on driving fun was linked to a pared down interior came as a revelation at the time. Especially when combined with tartan trim and the now iconic golf ball gearshift.

The car was an instant hit. By the time right-hand drive cars arrived in the UK in 1979 a total of 1,573 cars were sold in that year, a number that would triple within two years.

In 1984 the Mk II GTI was launched and picked up where the Mk I left off. A new chassis structure, a 1,781 cc engine developing 112 PS and 114 lbs ft of torque and new styling evolved the GTI and saw it appeal to a new generation of fans. Sales of the Mk II GTI surpassed those of the Mk I, peaking at 17,193 vehicles in 1989. In Germany a supercharged G60 version developing 160 PS was sold, an output that wouldn't be bettered in a GTI until 2002.

Three years later the Mk III Volkswagen Golf GTI was launched, bringing with it a new 2.0-litre eight-valve engine and improved aerodynamics over the previous Mk I and Mk II models. In 1993 the GTI fitted was with a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine, raising the power output from 115 PS in the eight-valve model up to a more substantial 150 PS and 133 lbs ft of torque to drop the 0-60 mph time to 8.3 seconds and raise the top speed to 133 mph.

The introduction of the Mk IV Golf GTI in 1998 saw significant changes to the line-up with the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along with two petrol engines in a total of four different states of tune. The Mk IV GTI made significant gains in refinement and safety - in 2002 the fastest accelerating and most powerful GTI produced up until that point was released in the form of the 180 PS

GTI 25th Anniversary Edition

. It was the success of this more powerful vehicle that inspired the introductionof the Mk V GTI.

Launched in September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show the Mk V GTI equipped with a 200 PS engine was not only the most powerful but also the most focused GTI yet produced. A new 2.0-litre T-FSI engine linked to a six-speed gearbox and standard Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) were linked to a new chassis equipped with MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link configuration at the rear. The vehicle was 15 mm lower than the

standard Golf

on new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.

Visual cues were taken from the original GTI with the return of the tartan interior and the red surround to the grille element - even the GTI typeface used on the badge echoed that of the original.

The Mk V Volkswagen Golf GTI served as a basis for two special editions - the

Pirelli

and

Edition 30

. Both models were powered by an evolution of the 2.0-litre T-FSI engine fitted to the conventional GTI, albeit both producing 230 PS.

The wildest GTI ever created - the

GTI W12-650

- was also based on the Mk V. Powered by a mid-mounted 6.0-litre W12 engine producing 650 PS the vehicle could accelerate to 62 mph in 3.7-seconds and could theoretically achieve a maximum speed of 201 mph.

Production of the Mk V Golf GTI ceased in August 2008 with a total of 17,630 examples sold in the UK alone. In total over 1,700,000 examples of the GTI have been sold worldwide since the vehicle went on sale in 1976.

Technical specifications

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk I

Length: 3,705 mm

Width: 1,630 mm

Height: 1,395 mm

1.6-litre, 110 PS (108 bhp)

Top speed: 182 km/h (113 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 9.0 seconds

Fuel consumption (urban): 8.02 l/100km (35.2 mpg)

1.8-litre, 112 PS (110 bhp)

Top speed: 182 km/h (113 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.2 seconds

Fuel consumption (urban): 10.62 l/100km (26.6 mpg)

1.6-litre turbo, 70 PS (69 bhp) - GTD diesel

Top speed: 155 km/h (96 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 13.5 seconds

Fuel consumption (urban): 6.65 l/100km (42.5 mpg)

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk II

Length: 3,985 mm (+ 280 mm)

Width: 1,680 mm (+ 50 mm)

Height: 1,395 mm (+ 0)

1.8-litre 8V, 112 PS (110 bhp)

Top speed: 192 km/h (119 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.3 seconds

Fuel consumption: 8.69 l/100km (32.5 mpg)

1.8-litre 16V, 139 PS (137 bhp)

Top speed: 209 km/h (130 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.9 seconds

Fuel consumption: 10.62 l/100km (26.6 mpg)

Supercharged 1.8-litre 16V, 160 PS (158 bhp)

Top speed: 209 km/h (130 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.6 seconds

Fuel consumption (urban): 12.18 l/100km (23.2 mpg)

1.8-litre 16V 210 PS (207 bhp) - GTI G60 Limited

Top speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.4 seconds

Fuel consumption: 14.05 l/100km (20.1 mpg)

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk III

Length: 4,020 mm (+ 35 mm)

Width: 1,710 mm (+ 30 mm)

Height: 1,405 mm (+ 10 mm)

2.0-litre 8V, 115 PS (113 bhp)

Top speed: 198 km/h (123 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 10.1 seconds

Fuel consumption: 10.31 l/100km (27.4 mpg)

2.0-litre 16V, 150 PS (148 bhp)

Top speed: 216 km/h (134 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.3 seconds

Fuel consumption: 10.91 l/100km (25.9 mpg)

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk IV

Length: 4,149 mm (+ 129 mm)

Width: 1,735 mm (+ 25 mm)

Height: 1,439 mm (+ 34 mm)

1.8-litre, 125 PS (123 bhp)

Top speed: 201 km/h (125 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 9.9 seconds

Fuel consumption: 8.31 l/100km (34.0 mpg)

CO2: 199 g/km

1.8-litre turbo, 150 PS (148 bhp)

Top speed: 216 km/h (134 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.5 seconds

Fuel consumption: 8.00 l/100km (35.3 mpg)

CO2: 192 g/km

2.0-litre, 115 PS (113 bhp)

Top speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 10.5 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined): 7.89 l/100km (35.8 mpg)

CO2: 194 g/km

1.9-litre, 150 PS (148 bhp) - diesel

Top speed: 216 km/h (134 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.6 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined): 5.40 l/100km (52.3 mpg)

CO2: 146 g/km

1.8-litre turbo, 180 PS (178 bhp) - 25th Anniversary model

Top speed: 222 km/h (138 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.9 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined): 8.51 l/100km (33.2 mpg)

CO2: 204 g/km

1.9-litre, 150 PS (148 bhp) - diesel, 25th Anniversary model

Top speed: 216 km/h (134 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.6 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined): 5.40 l/100km (52.3 mpg)

CO2: 146 g/km

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk V

Length: 4,216 mm (+ 67 mm)

Width: 1,759 mm (+ 24 mm)

Height: 1,466 mm (+ 27 mm)

2.0-litre, 200 PS T-FSI

Top speed: 235 km/h (146 mph) / DSG: 233 km/h (145 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.2 seconds / DSG: 6.9s

Fuel consumption (combined): 8.00 l/100km (35.3 mpg)

CO2: 189 g/km

2.0-litre, 230 PS - GTI Edition 30 model

Top speed: 241 km/h (150 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 6.8 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined): 8.21 l/100km (34.4 mpg)

CO2: 194 g/km

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk VI

Length: 4,199 mm (- 17 mm)

Width: 1,779 mm (+ 20 mm)

Height: 1,479 mm (+ 13 mm)

2.0-litre TSI, 210 PS engine

Top speed: 238 km/h (148 mph)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 7.2 seconds

Fuel consumption (combined): 7.41 l/100km (38.1 mpg)

CO2: 170 g/km
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