Volkswagen developed the Golf GTI Pirelli, a powerful, fast and very exclusive GTI model. In May 1983, the original Pirelli arrived on the market. It had as base the first generation, second series Golf GTI. The engine is capable of developing 230 PS and enables the car to reach a top speed of 245 km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. Production will begin in September. The tires are wrapped in Pirelli alloy wheels and coated with a Titanium-colored paint. The carmaker interprets the visual effect of the five spokes as homage to the wheels of the first Pirelli GTI.
The Golf GTI Pirelli is back; a powerful, fast and very exclusive GTI. Volkswagen is continuing the history of one of the best known limited edition models in Europe. In May 1983, the "Original Pirelli" arrived on the market. It was based on the first generation, second series Golf GTI. A distinctive identifying feature: Specially designed alloy wheels with the "Pirelli P" on their outer edges. A remarkable 10,500 cars of the special model were built and sold within half a year. Then it was over - a limited edition! If there were an Automobile Hall of Fame for young-timers, the "Pirelli GTI", as it was called by its fans, would have long held a place there.
The legendary tire tracks of the young-timer are now being extended by the new Golf GTI Pirelli. And indeed with completely new Pirelli high-performance tires too. They are wrapped around powerful 18-inch Pirelli wheels in Titanium look. The car`s interior has been upgraded with a partial-leather sports seat system that has an embedded tire tread pattern. Instead of the previous 112 PS the new car converts 230 PS into forward propulsion. If needed, a 245 km/h top speed is within the car`s capabilities. In 6.8 seconds the Turbo-FSI propels the GTI Pirelli to 100 km/h from a standstill.
The Golf GTI Pirelli, conceptualized by Volkswagen Individual, will be presented in a worldwide debut between May 16 and 20. The occasion and site of this premiere are a perfect fit: The international GTI Meeting at Wörthersee, Austria. Production will begin in September.
Driving performance of the Golf GTI Pirelli.
A look at the numbers gives it away: 169 kW / 230 PS - those are the same performance values as the engine in the Golf GTI Edition 30 that arrived on the market in 2006 on the occasion of the GTI`s monumental birthday. The 200 PS of the "normal" GTI were boosted by one PS for each year since 1976. Now this "jubilee engine" is also powering the Golf GTI Pirelli. The sports car races to the 100 km/h mark in just 6.8 seconds. But it can go even faster: When the GTI Pirelli is ordered with the optional DSG dual clutch transmission, the most powerful GTI of all times breaks through the magic "sound barrier" in 6.6 seconds. The GTI philosophy of agility is accompanied by the efficiency with which this Turbo-FSI goes to work: 8.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, or 7.9 liters with DSG, are evidence of the virtuosity with which Volkswagen masters the keyboard of engine building.
Tires and wheels of the Golf GTI Pirelli.
"Power is nothing without control", says Pirelli. Volkswagen sees it this way too. Chassis, brakes and ESP combine for a well-balanced safety package that can even perform masterfully on the North Loop of the Nuremburg Ring track. But things do not really get rounded out until the tires come into play. That is why Pirelli is contributing a new high-performance tire to the project: The latest generation of P-Zero tires. The material mixture and tread pattern of the 225/40 P-Zero were designed to benefit handling, braking, ride comfort and aquaplaning properties.
As in 1983, the tires are wrapped around Pirelli alloy wheels. They are coated with a Titanium-colored paint. The manufacturer interprets the visual effect of the five spokes as an homage to the wheels of the first Pirelli GTI. They had openings in the form of a P for Pirelli on their outer edges. This P is also found in the new wheel design - but in this case it is reflected: In the rim flange. However, there are worlds of difference between the dimensions of the two types of alloy wheels: They are 7.5x18 inch today, but were 6x14 inch back then.
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