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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

It was the last naturally aspirated Golf GTI, but it wasn't as special for its era as its predecessors were in their times.

When Volkswagen introduced the third generation of the Golf, its fans were stunned, but not in appreciations. The car featured a completely different styling, and the top version was just slightly quicker than the older Golf II GTI. It wasn't that much of a hot-hatch as it was before. Moreover, there were family sedans with lower power and better performances.

The rounded shapes of the 1992 Golf GTI were the first reason why its fans didn't like the car. It was bigger, and the oval-shaped headlights were completely different than the four rounded ones installed on its predecessors. At the front, the bumper featured three intake grilles at the bottom, turn signals, and stationary lamps. In the back, the bumper and apron's simple design were accepted, along with the twin exhausts.

Inside, the car was clearly addressed to a wider range of customers. There were more comfort features such as the air-conditioning, power windows, and more sound-deadening materials, making the car heavier. The bolstered seats were praised, and the customers didn't really care if there was a checker-flag design or spots on a canvas.

Under the hood, Volkswagen installed a choice of two engines for the GTI with two power outputs: 115 hp and 150 hp. The more powerful version was just 0.3 seconds quicker than the former Golf II GTI. Opel Kadett GSI, the main competitor for the Golf GTI, offered a 2.0-liter engine with 150 hp and rocketed from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 7.7 seconds. That was a second and a half faster than the Golf GTI.

VOLKSWAGEN Golf III GTI 1992 - 1997 37 Photos
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VOLKSWAGEN Golf III GTI 1992 - 1997
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (150 HP)

VOLKSWAGEN Golf III GTI 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 5400 RPM
115 HP @ 5400 RPM
114 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
166 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.8 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.3 in (4021 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/56.7 in (1,481/1,440 mm)
Wheelbase
97.6 in (2479 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2345.7 lbs (1064 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3549.4 lbs (1610 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
200 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Golf III GTI 2.0L 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 6000 RPM
150 HP @ 6000 RPM
148 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
133 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
180 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
133.6 mph (215 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.3 in (4021 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/56.7 in (1,481/1,440 mm)
Wheelbase
97.6 in (2479 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2444.9 lbs (1109 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3670.7 lbs (1665 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
Highway
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
204 g/km
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