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Press Release) The New Golf GTI Pirelli - Key Aspects
World premiere at Wörthersee: Comeback of the GTI Pirelli
Traction control: New Pirelli 18-inch wheels and size 225 P-Zero
Unique character: Seat and seatback surfaces of sports seats with
tire tread design
Sports car engine: Golf GTI Pirelli has 230-PS engine from GTI
Wolfsburg, 17 May 2007 - 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.
Body of the Golf GTI Pirelli
Bumpers and side skirts painted entirely in car color visually set
the Golf GTI Pirelli apart from the 200-PS GTI. Recall that on this
classic GTI, introduced at the end of 2004, the spoiler in front,
the lower bumper section in the rear, and the skirt between the
wheel housings on the sides were in black.
Similar to the GTI Edition 30, a plate with the Pirelli signature on
the right side of the tailgate is a reference to this exclusive Golf
GTI. In its side profile, the new car has standard tinted rear
windows and another Pirelli signature can be seen here on the
C-pillar of each side. Designers coordinated the color of the
signature to the body paint color. Four of these are offered on the
Golf GTI Pirelli. If “Blue graphite” or “Black magic pearl” is
selected, the Pirelli signature is in silver. If the GTI – available
as a two-door or four-door – is ordered in “Sunflower” or “Reflex
silver”, there is a black signature. “Sunflower” – a bright yellow –
was created especially for this GTI. So if you look in your rearview
mirror this coming fall and see something yellow with a black
radiator grille growing larger very quickly, it can only be one
thing: The Golf GTI Pirelli.
Interior of the Golf GTI Pirelli.
Just as distinctively as on the GTI Edition 30, the GTI Pirelli
stands out from the rest of the model series with its refined
interior. Take the example of the sports seating system: The
standard GTI seats developed by Volkswagen Individual were upgraded
to perfectly customize them for the GTI Pirelli: The anthracite
colored lateral supports, seatbacks, head restraints and center
armrests are upholstered in leather (“Vienna” type); yellow
decorative seams provide a fine visual contrast. But the real
highlight is the center seat panels. They are not made of the usual
GTI “Interlagos” diamond pattern, rather of a breathable and very
luxurious microfiber from the Italian producer Miko (“Dinamica”
type): The tire tread pattern is embedded in the microfibers, which
also sport the anthracite color. There is yet another accent in the
front head restraints. Where the “GTI” letters are usually found, in
this car the lettering is “Pirelli” throughout.
“Pirelli” equipment features also include heated seats, electrically
adjustable lumbar supports in front, and all-leather center armrest
in the rear. Under its counterpart in front, there is a storage bin
that may be used optionally to house a CD-changer or MP3 player.
The leather sports steering wheel and parking brake grip have been
retooled to match the top sports seats: They also have decorative
yellow seams. In addition, the steering wheel with ergonomic hand
recesses and perforated leather here support a sporty driving style.
The vertical spoke of the steering wheel has a metallic Pirelli
emblem as an accent.
Engine of the Golf GTI Pirelli.
It was 25 years ago when Volkswagen first introduced the era of
downsizing on its first turbo-diesel. Of course, the Turbo-FSI on
the GTI is technically unrelated to a turbo-diesel, but they have
the principle of downsizing in common – in both cases engine
displacement is replaced by engine charging. Approximately one
decade after the first turbo-diesel, the direct-injection TDI
followed. This engine extended the principle of downsizing to
include the aspect of direct injection. This mix of technologies
yielded lower fuel consumption and emissions, and more torque and
power. On the Golf GTI, Volkswagen has transferred its 2004
downsizing concept to a powerful gasoline engine for the first time;
its use of a turbocharger with intercooler plus direct injection
brings fuel economy and sportiness in greater harmony than ever. The
proof of this is measurable: The 147 kW / 200 PS and 280
Newton-meter strong Turbo-FSI of the “normal” GTI attains a top
speed of 235 km/h and takes 7.2 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h.
Average fuel consumption: Exceptionally low for a sports car at 8.0
liters per 100 kilometers. If the GTI is shifted by DSG, fuel
consumption is reduced to 7.9 liters.
The Golf GTI Pirelli is proof today of the potential in combining
gasoline direct injection and charging. Its turbocharged
direct-injection gasoline engine is currently the most powerful four
cylinder engine from Volkswagen. This front-mounted transverse
engine is shifted by a standard manual six-speed gearbox. The
16-valve four cylinder with 1,984 cm3 displacement outputs its
maximum power of 169 kW / 230 PS at 5,500 rpm. Its maximum torque of
300 Newton-meters is available over a large speed window – from
2,200 to 5,200 rpm. Nothing is more befitting a sports car than this
sort of torque characteristic.
And the efficiency of the charged VW direct injection gasoline
engine is measurable here too. In spite of an extra 30 PS, 20
Newton-meters and 10 km/h top speed, compared to the 200-PS version
the manually shifted Golf GTI Pirelli consumes just 0.2 liters more
fuel per 100 kilometers. When shifted by a DSG dual clutch
transmission, its fuel consumption is even identical at 7.9 liters
per 100 kilometers!