2023 Author: Erin Ralphs | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:31
In 1983, the Volkswagen concern produced the first cars of the second generation of the popular Golf hatchback. The cars were offered with a body with three or five doors, various powertrains and drive types.
In 1988, Golf Syncro, equipped with an all-wheel drive system, was offered to customers. It was this car that served as the basis for the very rare and exotic Volkswagen Golf Country. The machines have been manufactured since 1990 at a third-party Steyr-Daimler Puch facility located in Graz, Austria.
Due to the small production volumes, the cost of the machine was quite high, which predetermined the small circulation. In just three years, 7465 (according to other sources - 7735) copies of the Golf Country car left the assembly line. To our time, very few cars have survived that are of collectible value.
Body structure and chassis
Cars came from the Volkswagen plant to Austria in the standard version for Syncro. Steyr specialists equipped the five-door car body with an additional tubular frame, to which the suspension units were attached. This decision has increasedground clearance up to 210 mm. Suspension and transmission elements were protected by regular thick sheet metal protection. All produced cars had the inscription Country on the panels of the rear doors and the rear right side of the body. The photo below clearly shows the frame on the bottom of the car body.
Optionally, the machine could be equipped with a device for towing a trailer. The weight of the trailer was allowed up to 1500 kg, subject to the presence of brakes and up to 560 kg without brakes. A roof rack could be installed to carry cargo weighing no more than 50 kg. Some cars were equipped with a sliding roof made of waterproof fabric.
The "Country" configuration depended on the equipment of the original car. There are cars equipped with air conditioning, an anti-lock braking system in the brake drive, an on-board computer, electric drives for mirrors and windows, and many other options. A well-preserved Golf Country is pictured below.
The bulk of the machines were equipped with a standard four-cylinder gasoline engine with a cylinder displacement of 1.8 liters. The engine was equipped with a fuel injection system and developed power up to 98 horsepower. Higher performance "Golf Country" provided a 115-horsepower version of the same engine, borrowed from the GTI model. But such machines had an even higher price and only 50 copies were produced. All engine options were equipped with exhaust gas catalytic converters with feedback on the oxygen concentration sensor(Lambda probe). Fuel consumption depended on operating conditions and ranged from 8.5 to 11.9 liters.
All cars were equipped with a standard five-speed gearbox. The rear wheel drive system used a viscose clutch that automatically turned on the drive when the front wheels slipped. With the clutch at its maximum, up to 60 percent of the power was delivered to the rear wheels. An interesting design feature is the forced activation of all-wheel drive when reverse gear is engaged. The signal to turn on was supplied from a sensor on the gearbox and went to a separate solenoid. The rear wheels were driven by a cardan shaft, which consisted of three parts and had two intermediate supports. The maximum speed of the "Country" did not exceed 155 km / h with a gross vehicle weight of 1640 kg.
In addition to changing the design of the running gear, the plant also finalized the exterior elements of the car. The front and rear of the car was equipped with a protective frame. On the rear frame there was a bracket for external attachment of a spare wheel. For cars, five different body colors were offered and only one fabric option for the seats. All cars were equipped with one type of alloy wheels with a diameter of 15 inches and tires with a size of 195/60 R15. The back of the regular "Country" is shown in the photo.
A description of Golf Country would be incomplete without mentioning a special limited edition Chrome Edition. In this version, all metal elements of the outer body kit had a chrome platedcoating. The rims of such machines had an original design. Additionally, the car was equipped with side steps. A photo of the Country Chrome Edition car is below.
This variant was only available in one color option with light leather trim. A total of 558 copies of this version were made.