You need this: The factory-supercharged, all-wheel-drive VW Golf

Colin
By Colin Wood
Aug 17, 2023 | Volkswagen, VW, Golf, Cars & Bids, Cars For Sale, Rallye Golf, VW Golf

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No, this wild-looking VW isn’t some custom SEMA job, it’s actually a rare version of the Golf that was never officially offered here in the United States, the Rallye Golf.

Fitted from the factory with a supercharged 1.8-liter engine and an all-wheel-drive system–plus a genuine five-speed manual–this Golf is largely stock aside from a set of 16-inch BBS wheels, a Supersprint exhaust and KW suspension.

This Rallye Golf currently shows 159,400 kilometers, or about 99,000 miles.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/17/23 12:15 p.m.

There's just so much right with this–the flares, the color, the powertrain–what's not to love?

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
8/17/23 12:22 p.m.

I need this car. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/17/23 12:27 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

There's just so much right with this–the flares, the color, the powertrain–what's not to love?

The wheels are berkeleying horrible.

aw614
aw614 HalfDork
8/17/23 12:29 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

There's just so much right with this–the flares, the color, the powertrain–what's not to love?

The stock G60 motor is the issue lol. 

I've always wondered what happened to the US spec press Golf Rallye from back in the day. I've seen someone selling US Spec Rallye headlights over on VWVortex years ago. Apparently there were 2 or 3 that were made for US spec. This magazine review from 89 was one of those cars. 

http://www.a2resource.com/brochures/1989/gtirallye/gtirallye.html

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/17/23 1:25 p.m.
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) said:
Colin Wood said:

There's just so much right with this–the flares, the color, the powertrain–what's not to love?

The wheels are berkeleying horrible.

By “horrible” you mean “rad AF,” right? 

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/17/23 1:46 p.m.
aw614 said:
Colin Wood said:

There's just so much right with this–the flares, the color, the powertrain–what's not to love?

The stock G60 motor is the issue lol. 

Definitely not helping! Even replacing the charger, the engine is a pretty low compression, low flowing.. I don't have enough adjectives. Have worked on procharged and lysholm ones but the best are engine swapped. Then you get to replace the transmission and the rear diff when it explodes. At least VW made lots of awd parts cars laugh

buzzboy
buzzboy SuperDork
8/17/23 1:48 p.m.

I love this so much. Everything. The wheels, the G-ladder, the color.

Wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

matthewmcl
matthewmcl Dork
8/17/23 1:55 p.m.

158 hp from forced induction 1.8 does not seem like a lot, but the first 6 years of the 1.8t were only 150, right? 14 years after we first got the G60 in the US, VW finally had the 20V 1.8t making more power for production options?

camopaint0707
camopaint0707 Reader
8/17/23 1:59 p.m.

oh that's beautiful

matthewmcl
matthewmcl Dork
8/17/23 2:10 p.m.

Since this is already more money than I have to play with, I have to assume in another 4 days it will get much worse. I would totally daily that. Not with those wheels, mind you, but still.

Hmmmm. Might have to watch that one. Better not, but...

I don't see mention of a charger rebuild, though. That is a big "if" since missing a rebuild makes shrapnel.

 

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