Why Volkswagen will not make Gol GTI and Gol GTS in farewell

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Volkswagen Gol GT Prototype, presented in 2016.

Volkswagen Gol GT Prototype, offered in 2016.

Photograph: VW / Publicity

The Gol GTI and the Gol GTS had been the 2 most fun variations of the Volkswagen Gol, which might be discontinued this 12 months, after 42 years of manufacturing and success. Due to this fact, many followers dreamed of the return of the Gol GTI or the Gol GTS to mark the farewell of the best-selling nationwide automobile in historical past.

Up to now decade, Volkswagen even offered a prototype of the brand new Gol GT on the São Paulo Motor Present, nevertheless it was by no means even near being produced.

Now, within the farewell of Gol, the GTI and GTS variations would definitely have many individuals inquisitive about shopping for them. However Volkswagen doesn’t contemplate this chance for 2 causes: monetary and technical. That is as a result of the acronyms GTI and GTS can solely be utilized by VW if the automobiles provide technical attributes to obtain them.

Volkswagen Gol GT Prototype, presented in 2016.

Volkswagen Gol GT Prototype, offered in 2016.

Photograph: VW / Publicity

The Gol GTI is the worst case. When it appeared in Brazil, on the São Paulo Motor Present in 1988, the Gol GTi (on the time, with a small i) had a way more highly effective engine than the remainder of the vary. It was a 120 hp AP-2000i.

Along with the sporty look, the automobile was really a sport: it had a low, stiff suspension, vast low-profile tires, a sport steering wheel and sporty Recaro seats. The gear ratio of the MT5 gearbox was brief and the automobile felt sporty.

To make such a automobile, Volkswagen must use the 150 hp 1.4 TSI engine that equips the present Polo GTS. The suspension setup must be fairly stiff. The issue is that Gol by no means had a model with this configuration. And that might require an enormous funding in tuning the suspension, brakes, dealing with, and so forth.

Within the case of the Gol GTS, which initially appeared because the Gol GT and with an aspirated 1.8 engine, the necessities could be decrease, however nonetheless excessive. One possibility could be to make use of the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine that has already been fitted to the Gol. Nonetheless, so as to not have a “unfastened” efficiency, Volkswagen must change its setup to supply extra energy.

The benefit of this engine is that it suits completely into the Gol and was utilized by him till not too long ago. However, for many who already had a “nervous” Gol GTS 1.8, a Gol GTS 1.6 could possibly be seen as a drop in high quality. An alternative choice could be the 1.4 TSI engine, however there could be the identical drawback reported within the case of the Gol GTI. As for the 128hp 3-cylinder 1.0 TSI, that might additionally want testing.

Gol GTi debuted the electronic injection and had a 2.0 engine with 120 hp.

Gol GTi debuted the digital injection and had a 2.0 engine with 120 hp.

Photograph: VW / Replica

In each instances, whether or not a Gol GTI or a Gol GTS, Volkswagen must dedicate time and cash to testing and homologation, which isn’t low cost. To promote simply 1,000 automobiles, it is not price it. If it was price it, it will have accomplished it whereas its manufacturing was in full swing.

Because of these components, Volkswagen do Brasil determined to put money into a Gol Final Version 42 years outdated, which can have the identical mechanical configuration as the present Gol 1.0, however with a putting look and lots of connectivity and luxury gadgets.

Volkswagen Gol Last Edition

Volkswagen Gol Final Version

Photograph: Kleber Silva / Projection

Maybe Volkswagen decides to pay a final tribute to the Gol GTI or the Gol GTS by portray the Gol Final Version with the look that marked certainly one of them. Besides, the concept would possibly displease former (and present) followers of the Gol GTI and Gol GTS, as it will solely have the paintwork and not one of the sportiness that marked these automobiles. One other chance is to make use of the Nivus shade of blue.

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