2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli
(from Volkswagen Press Release) The New Golf GTI Pirelli - Key Aspects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.