Long overdue post on the Rallye Golf. A peach of an example, too, with beautiful – flawless, really – paint, timeless three-piece BBS RSs, and a narrow-angle VR6 shoehorned into the engine bay. Enthusiasts and students of Volkswagen history will know what this is; for the uninitiated, it’s basically the R32 before there was the R32 (to put it simply but crudely), only far more exclusive (and with a lot more street cred):
In 1989, the Rallye Golf appeared as a rallye “homologation special”. Distinguishable by its box-flared wheel arches (similar to the Audi quattro, BMW E30 M3 and Lancia Delta Integrale) and rectangular headlamps, this model featured Syncro four-wheel drive, and a G-supercharger version of the injected 8 valve 1.8 litre engine. 5,000 cars were built in Volkswagen’s Brussels, Belgium, plant, priced at about DM 50,000 each (or roughly twice as much as a base Golf GTI). The Rallye Golf has 161Bhp (source).
A bona fide classic.
Images by Matt Stanton