1988 GTI 16V Technical Specifications


This page contains Technical Specifications for the 1988 GTI 16V sold in Canada and taken directly from literature published by Volkswagen
Canada Inc.



Type                    4 Cylinder, In-Line, DOHC, 16 Valves 
Bore                    3.19" (81.0 mm)
Stroke                  3.40" (86.4 mm)
Displacement            109 Cu. In. (1,780 cc)
Compression Ratio       10.0:1
H.P. @ RPM (SAE Net)    123 @ 5,800
Max. Trq. Lbs.-Ft. @RPM 120 @ 4,250
Fuel Requirement        Unleaded (Premium Recommended for
                           Maximum Performance)


Arrangement             Front Mounted, Transverse
Cylinder Block          Cast Iron
Crankshaft              Forged Steel, 5 Main Bearings
Cylinder Head           Aluminum Alloy, Cross-Flow
Valve Train             Dual Over Head Cam, Spur Belt Driven,
                        4 Valves per Cylinder, Hydraulic Lifters
Cooling System          Water Cooled, Cross-Flow Radiator,
                        Water Pump, Thermostatically Controlled
                        Electric Radiator Fan
Lubrication             Rotary Gear Pump, Intermediate Shaft
                        Drive, Oil Cooler
Fuel/Air Supply         Fuel Injection
Emission System         3-Way Catalyst, Oxygen Sensor                         


Battery                 12 Volt, 54 Amp/Hr. (63 Amp. with A/C)
Alternator              14 Volt, 65 Amp. Max. (90 Amp. with A/C)
Ignition                Digital Electronic
Firing Order            1-3-4-2   


Transmission Gear Ratios        Manual - 5
        1st                     3.45:1
        2nd                     2.12:1
        3rd                     1.44:1
        4th                     1.13:1
        5th                     0.91:1
        Reverse                 3.17:1
        Final Drive             3.67:1


Type                    Power Assisted Rack and Pinion
Turning Circle, 
   Curb-to-Curb         10.5 m


Type                    Unitized Construction,
                        Bolt-On Front Fenders
Front Suspension        Independent MacPherson Struts, 
                        Negative Steering Roll Radius, Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension         Independent Torsion Beam Axle, Coil Springs,
                        Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar 
Service Brakes          Power-Assisted, Dual Diagonal Hydraulic Circuits,
                        Ventilated Discs Front, Solid Discs Rear
Parking Brake           Mechanical, Effective on Rear Wheels
Wheels                  6 J x 14 Alloy
Tires                   205/55VR14


Engine Oil              4.5 Liters with Filter
Fuel                    55 Liters


Wheelbase               247.2 cm
Front Track             142.9 cm
Rear Track              142.2 cm
Overall Length          401.3 cm
Overall Width           168.0 cm
Overall Height          141.5 cm (Unladen)
Ground Clearance        11.7 cm (Laden)


                        Manual-5 Speed
Top Speed               124 mph
  0-50 mph              5.7 sec.
  0-60 mph              7.9 sec.
  40-60 mph             6.8 sec.


EPA Class               Compact
Front Seat              46.4 Cu. Ft.
Rear Seat               40.5 Cu. Ft.
Trunk                   17.9 Cu. Ft.
Seating Capacity        5
                        Front   Rear
Volume (Cu. Ft.)        46.4    40.5
Head Room               38.1"   37.5"
Shoulder Room           53.3"   54.3"
Hip Room                51.6"   51.5"
Leg Room                39.5"   34.4"



1.8 Liter, 123 HP DOHC, 16 Valve Fuel Injected Engine
Engine Oil Cooler
5-Speed Close Ratio Sport Transmission
Tuned Exhaust System with Twin Outlet Pipes
Fully Independent Sports Calibrated Suspension
Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
Power Rack and Pinion Steering


All Steel Unit Body Construction
Aerodynamic Halogen Headlights
Front Spoiler with Brake Cooling Ducts
Black Protective Wheel Arch Flares
Front and Rear Aprons and Rocker Panels
Rear Window Wiper/Washer with Intermittent Feature
Dual Remote Controlled Mirrors
6J x 14 Light Alloy Wheels with Steel Space Saver Spare
205/55VR 14 Steel-Belted Radial Tires
Integrated Rain Gutters
Lockable Fuel Filler Cap
Wide, Protective Lower Body Side Moulding
Remote Controlled Outside Mirrors (Left & Right)
Stone Guards at Rear Wheel Openings
Dual Tone Horn
2-Speed Windshield Washer/Wiper with Intermittent Setting


Alpine White - (L90E)
Black - (LO41)
Red Pearl Mica - (LE3P)
Tornado Red - (LY3D)


Full Instrumentation Including Speedometer, Odometer,
   Trip Odometer, Coolant Temperature Gauge with Warning Light,
   Telltale Lights for Alternator Output, Oil Pressure, 
   Tachometer, Digital Quartz Chronometer, Fuel Level Gauge
On-Board Multi-Function Trip Computer
4-Spoke Leather-Wrapped Sport Steering Wheel
Leatherette Shift Boot
Center Console with Illuminated Ashtray & Lighter and
   Rear Seat Heating Outlets
Sports Seats in Charcoal Velour with Contrasting Red Stripes
Height-Adjustable Driver's Seat
AM/FM Stereo Full-Logic Cassette, Electronic Tuning Radio with
   Electronic Security Code Protection
Flexible Roof-Mounted Antenna
Fully Reclining Front Bucket Seats with Adjustable
   Headrests & Height Adjustable Driver's Seat
Split Fold and Tumble Rear Seats
Instant Response, High Capacity Air Blend Ventilation System
   with 3-Speed Blower
Air Distribution Outlets in Front Footwells, Base of Windshield,
   in Center, Left & Right of Dash, Plus Additional Side Window
Illuminated, Lockable Glove Compartment
Cloth-Covered Door Panels with New, Larger Storage Bins on Front
Electric Rear Window Defroster
Tinted Glass
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Passenger-Assist Handles with Integrated Coat Hooks in Rear
3-Point Inertia Type Seat Belts for Outboard Read Seat Passengers
Courtesy Light with Door Operated Switches
Fully Padded Cut-Pile Carpeting


Air Conditioning
Sunroof with Air Deflector
Cruise Control
AM/FM Stereo Cassette ETR with Fully Electronic 
   Controls and Electronic Security Code Protection
Power Package (Windows, Mirrors, Central Locking System)

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