- for an overview of the generations, see: Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf Mk2
succeeded the Mk1
's volume seller from 1983 and remained in (German) production until late 1992. In comparison to its predecessor, its wheelbase grew slightly (+ ), as did exterior dimensions (length + , width + , height + ). Weight was up accordingly by about . Exterior design, developed in-house by VW design director Schäfer, kept the general lines of its Giugiaro
-designed predecessor, but was slightly more rounded. All told, about 6.3 million second-generation Golfs were built.
The second-generation Volkswagen Golf (also known as the Typ 19E
until the 1991 model year, or Typ 1G
thereafter) was launched in Europe at the Frankfurt
Motor Show in September 1983. It debuted in 1984 in the UK, and it was introduced as a 1985 model in the US. It featured a larger bodyshell, and a wider range of engine options, including a GTD turbodiesel
(in Euro markets, later using the 1.6 "umwelt" (ECO) diesel engine), a DOHC
1781 cc (1.8) 16-valve version of the straight-four GTI (as well as the tried and tested 1781cc (1.8) 8v GTI), the supercharged 8v "G60
" with front-
and four-wheel drive
options, and a racing homologated variant of this, the "Rallye Golf". This model was meant to come to the US as well (badged as "Rallye GTI"), and prototypes were made, but it did not come to be.
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