1988 GTI 16V Technical Specifications
This page contains Technical Specifications for the 1988 GTI 16V sold in the United States and taken directly from literature published by
Volkswagen of America.
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
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 (CIS Electronic)
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 with Knock Sensor
Firing Order 1-3-4-2
DRIVE TRAIN - FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Transmission Gear Ratios Manual - 5
Final Drive 3.67:1
Type Rack and Pinion Power Assist
Turns, Lock-to-Lock 3.17
Curb-to-Curb 34.4 Ft.
BODY, CHASSIS and SUSPENSION
Type Unitized Construction,
Bolt-On Front Fenders
Front Suspension Independent MacPherson Struts,
15mm Stabilizer Bar, Coil Springs,
Telescopic Shock Absorbers
Rear Suspension Independent Torsion Beam Axle,
20mm Stabilizer Bar, Coil Springs,
Telescopic Shock Absorbers
Service Brakes Diagonal Dual Circuits with Power Assist,
Vent 9.4" Discs Front,
Solid 9.4" Discs Rear, Self Adjusting
Parking Brake Mechanical to Rear Wheels
Wheels 6 J x 14 Alloy
Drag Coefficient 0.36
Frontal Area 20.4 Sq. Ft.
Engine Oil 4.3 Quarts with Filter
Fuel 14.5 U.S. Gallons
Cooling System 7.3 Quarts
Wheelbase 97.3" (2,472 mm)
Front Track 56.3" (1,429 mm)
Rear Track 56.0" (1,422 mm)
Overall Length 158.0" (4,013 mm)
Overall Width 66.1" (1,680 mm)
Overall Height 55.7" (1,415 mm) (Unladen)
Ground Clearance 4.6" (117 mm) (Laden)
Curb Weight 2,267
Top Speed 124 mph
0-50 mph 5.7 sec.
0-60 mph 7.9 sec.
40-60 mph 6.8 sec.
EPA Estimates (City/Hwy.)
50 States 22/29
Max. Driving Range 421 miles
EPA Class Compact
Front Seat 46.4 Cu. Ft.
Rear Seat 40.5 Cu. Ft.
Trunk 17.9 Cu. Ft.
Seating Capacity 5
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
Digital Electronic Ignition with Knock Sensor
Close Ratio 5-Speed Transmission
Heavy Duty Cooling
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
Independent Torsion Beam Rear Axle
Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
Power Rack and Pinion Steering
Power Assisted Disc Brakes Front (Vented) & Rear
Pirelli P600 Steel Belted Radial Tires, 205/55VR14
All Steel Unit Body Construction
Eurostyle Halogen Headlights
Front Spoiler with Brake Coolig Ducts
Black Wheelhouse Flares
Rear Window Wiper/Washer with Intermittent Feature
Dual Remote Controlled Mirrors (Right Convex Mirror)
6J x 14 Teardrop Design Alloy Wheels
Unique Wide Lower Bodyside Molding with Red Color Stripe
Black Front & Rear Aprons and Rocker Panels
Roof Mounted Antenna
Alpine White - (L90E)
Black - (LO41)
Red Mica - (LE3P)
Tornado Red - (LY3D)
Padded Instrument Panel
4-Spoke Leather Wrapped Sport Steering Wheel
Full Instrumentation Including Speedometer, Tachometer,
Digital Clock, Water Temperature Gague, Fuel Gauge,
Upshift Indicator Light and other Warning Lights
On-Board Multi-Function Computer
Center Console with Ashtray, Cigarette Lighter and
Rear Seat Heating Ducts
Sports Seats with Velour Cloth Inserts & Leatherette
Fully Reclining Front Bucket Seats with Adjustable
Headrests & Height Adjustable Driver's Seat
Split Rear Seat (1/3-2/3), Fold and Tumble
Fully Padded Cut Pile Carpeting
Carpeted Luggage Compartment Floor and Cover
Electric Rear Window Defroster
Illuminated Vanity Mirror in Right Sun Visor,
Left Side Vanity Mirror
Time Delay Courtesy Light and Instrument Illumination
Sunroof with Air Deflector
AM/FM Stereo Radio with Four Speakers
AM/FM Stereo Cassette Radio with Four Speakers,
Cassette Storage Tray and Anti-Theft Feature
Power Package (Windows, Locks, Mirrors)
Floor Mats - Front & Rear
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