1991 Volkswagen GTI 16V

The 1991-1992 GTI followed the same basic recipe as the 1987 model we saw this past week, but everything was turned up a few notches. Starting in the mid 1990 model year, all US bound A2s received the “big bumper” treatment; new smooth aerodynamic covers front and rear. To help to differentiate it a bit, the GTI’s blackened arches were widened. Filling those arches were new 15″ wheels from BBS. The multi-piece RMs were lightweight and the perfect fit for the design, echoing other contemporary class-leading sports cars such as the M3. Volkswagen color-coded the mirrors and rear spoiler to match the car, as well. VW also gave the GTI a fresh face with more illumination; quad round lights filled the grill, and foglights illuminated the lower bumper. Prominent GTI 16V badges still encircled the car.

Power was up to match the heightened looks. Now with 2.0 liters of twin-cam fun, the GTI produced 134 horsepower at 5,800 RPMs and 133 lb. ft of torque at 4,400 RPMs. Coupled to the close-ratio 5-speed manual, that was good enough to drop 0-60 times below 8 seconds. That may not sound like much today, but at the time it was another league of performance compared to the typical economy car. Holding you in place were the same heavily-bolstered Recaros that special editions like the ‘Helios’ 1989 Jetta GLI Wolfsburg had enjoyed.

It was a recipe for success, but these cars were also relatively expensive in period, and fell into the global recession time frame which affected sales of nearly all European marques drastically. The general consensus is that around 5,000 of the last of these GTIs were imported, putting their rarity on the level of the M3. But because they weren’t M3s, there are far less around today to enjoy and few turn up in stock configuration for a myriad of reasons.…

1990 Volkswagen GTi 16V

While it’s nice to look at imports from Europe that we didn’t get here, when it comes to the Volkswagen front we got at least one of the most desirable 1990s VWs that wasn’t sold in Europe – perhaps, one of the most desirable all around Volkswagens ever made – in the 1990-1992 GTi 2.0 16V. It wasn’t really the best at much of anything compared to the competition; the engine was thirsty and noisy, the upright shape of the Mk.2 Golf was old and on the verge of being replaced, the expensive wheels bent at the mere sight of a pothole, the transmission self-machined occasionally and the electronics were the work of a high school tech class. If you wanted a fast, economical, awesome handling hatch that actually worked all of the time, you bought an Acura Integra GS-R. But all of these faults didn’t detract from what was for the the most desirable GTi package Volkswagen produced. You got the iconic chunky shape of the Golf with extra wide flares. It sat lower, and though they were soft those BBS RMs were gorgeous. Inside were the spectacular Recaro Trophy seats and little else – these were no-frills cars compared to the more luxurious GLi models. And to top it off, under the hood was the screaming 16V in 2.0 form. Good for 134 horsepower and vibrating the entire car (and your eardrums) at highway speed, this car moved beyond look and into entire sensation:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen GTi 16V on eBay

Wednesday Wheels Roundup

Boy, it’s been too long since I did a Wednesday Wheels – amazingly, it seems like late January was the last wheel roundup. But it’s something I love and with the sun shining and most of the potholes on their way towards repair in Rhode Island, I can finally shift my attention from snow chains to summer tires! Today I returned to my favorite subject; BBS wheels, with a roundup of some of neat ones that appear. There are the eponymous 80’s semi-aftermarket wheel choice, the BBS RSs many manufacturers offered at the dealer. This is a set of 16×8 and 9s for a 944 Turbo. Equally neat to see are the the 4x100mm BBS RM wheels; not as prevalent as RSs yet with a similar look, these were the perfect fit for the 16V GTi in 1991 and 1992. If you were looking earlier, you might have been interested in some BBS Mahle wheels; these are a pretty early Mercedes-Benz specific set that would look great on a SL. In more modern times, BBS was still a great option – Volkswagen specified the RXII 2-piece model for the Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T, and again the BBS RC seemed to be the go-to option in the mid 2000s for a great looking performance wheel – this set is for an Audi. What’s you’re favorite and why?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RS 16×8,9 Wheels on eBay

1992 Volkswagen GTi 16V

About a week ago I posted a 1991 Volkswagen GTi 8V in Montana Green on our Facebook fan page. It wasn’t the best example, but it wasn’t horrible either and as I said finding these Mk. 2 GTis in rare colors such as Montana Green in original condition is really quite hard. For whatever reason, the questionable tastes of the watercooled crowds have claimed many victims who have suffered countless horrendous modifications in lieu of strong maintenance and careful ownership. Consequently, original condition GTis tend to command the strongest money out there, and today is no exception. Sure, you can find a VR6 or 1.8T swapped GTi from this generation for less money just about any day of the week, but if you really want to relive the days of the hot hatch at Volkswagen, the hottest setup you could get was the 1990-1992 GTi 16V 2.0, and today we see one in original configuration and relatively unmolested. Care to play the lottery? You might just need to to afford one of these:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi 2.0 16V on eBay

1989 Volkswagen GTi VR6 swap

It’s been a fantastic week on GCFSB for fans of the Golf. Paul started with a great Rallye Golf, then yesterday I tacked on a neat Golf Variant 2.9 VR6 Syncro and Golf Country. Well, we’re not done yet, and today there’s a neat 1989 GTi that has been updated externally and internally with some parts-shelf grab. Gone are the early bumpers, replaced by the 1990 up “big bumpers”, along with a Euro Jetta front end. Additionally, there are Golf G60 flares fitted and some GTi 2.0 16V BBS RMs that have been widened. It’s also got the great later Recaro Trophy seats to help you through the corners and a Corrado dash swap. If that wasn’t enough, a desirable VR6 powerplant has been dropped in to make this ride more fun. Take a look!

Year: 1989
Model: GTi
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 74,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on eBay

Top of engine redone
Car runs super strong
Car has no leaks and does not over heat
Car is being sold as is
I have brand new grill for car that fits round headlights
I have 5 inch and 7 inch round headlights
I also have the round headlights and stock tail lights

Things the car has:
Viper alarm system
262 Autotech Cams with C2 chip
2.9 clone intake manifold
Carbonio CAI
ECS tuning lightened pulley
Supersprint header
Autotech lightened flywheel
TT 2.5″ stainless exhaust with Borla
42-draft hi-flo cat

Bilstein coils
Eiback flat front trut bar
BBS RMs 15×8 all around
Neuspeed rear sway bar
VF engineering mounts

OEM Recaros
Carrado dash
Sparco steering wheel
Pioneer CD player
Diesel Geek Shifter
Plaid healiner
Power Windows

Euro Mk2 Jetta front end
G60 Fender flares
Bonrath single wiper
Euro smoke tail

I’m not a fan of all the mods – I’d rather see either the quad-headlight grill installed (which is included, apparently) or Rallye Golf headlights here.…

Wednesday Wheels: great options from BBS

BBS. Few letters cross boundaries of generations and marques of cars like BBS do. Renowned as some of the highest quality OEM, aftermarket and racing wheels available, BBSs have been selected by nearly all of the marques we feature as stock wheels or wheel upgrades, and many tuners still select them. In the heady 1980s, BBS really defined the aftermarket wheel category with it’s evergreen RS models, still highly sought after by most enthusiasts. Today we’re going to look at some different BBS options, each for a different marque. Let’s start with some popular BBS RMs – the two piece version of the RS, originally fit to 2.0 16V GTis between 1990 and 1992, but look great on 2002s, 320s, E30s, and most VWs:

Year: N/A
Model: RM 012
Diameter: 15″
Width: 6.5″
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 33
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not included
Price: GBP 760 Buy It Now ($1,216.08)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 M-System 2 on eBay

Set of 4 Genuine BBS RS/RM012 6.5J x 15″ 4×100 ET/IS33 Alloy Wheels / Split Rims

– Original BBS 2 Pieces wheels
– PCD 4×100 (E30 Golf Polo Astra Clio Civic Swift II. )
– OFFSET: ET33
– newly painted centers “Nogaro Silver Matt”
– freshly polished lips
– newly chromed screws
– The 4 BBS 3d wheel caps are included

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When I originally saw the “Lobster Claw” wheels fitted to the then new 997 C2S/C4S, I loved the design. For me it’s one of those intangible items I can’t completely define, but I just love how 997s look with these. Porsche OEM wheels are always pricey, but these would be a great upgrade to an earlier non-S model or return one to stock.…