1988 GTI 16V Technical Specifications (USA)

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
                           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 (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   


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                    Rack and Pinion Power Assist
Turns, Lock-to-Lock     3.17
Turning Circle, 
   Curb-to-Curb         34.4 Ft.
Ratio                   17.5:1       


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
Tires                   205/55VR14
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


                        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 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
                        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
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


Air Conditioning
Sunroof with Air Deflector
Cruise Control
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)
Theft Protection
Metallic Paint
Floor Mats - Front & Rear

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