• This is the 1993 Volkswagen Golf A59, a prototype developed when Volkswagen was considering entering the 1994 World Rally Championship.
  • The A59 was powered by a unique turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 275 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, as well as a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive.
  • Much of the bodywork is made of carbon fiber and Kevlar, and the A59 features a distinctive bonnet with three large rectangular slots.

Along with a highly modified Jetta GLI and some crossovers with camping gear, Volkswagen brought the Silver 1990s Golf to the 2022 SEMA Show. But this is no ordinary Golf, as evidenced by the bulging wheel arches and hood that looks like a person What attacked him with a hole punch. This is the 1993 Volkwagen Rallye Golf 3 A59 prototype, designed to be a special homologation so that Volkswagen could compete in the 1994 World Rally Championship. But that never happened, and this Golf remains with a unique stance.

Volkswagen Golf a59 . prototype
Michael Aaron|car and driver

Built with the help of German Schmidt Motorsport, the A59 prototype took the Mk 3 Golf to the extreme with a specially developed engine, completely reworked suspension, and bulging chassis. The 2.0-liter, all-aluminum turbocharged four-cylinder engine was said to produce 275 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, more than a hundred horsepower higher than even the most powerful production Golf GTI of the era. A six-speed manual transmission channeled that power to all four wheels via a variable center differential.

Volkswagen Golf a59 . prototype

Michael Aaron|car and driver

Mounted on 225/45R16 tires, Speedline’s 16-inch five-spoke wheels are mounted on a strut front suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, wider control arms and a multi-link rear suspension with Bilstein struts. Brembo brakes with perforated discs took care of stopping the A59.

Several exterior body panels are designed in carbon fiber and Kevlar, and the modified front bumper, muscular wheel arches, side skirts, rear spoiler, and a chunky rear bumper that hides the quad exhaust pipes gave the A59 a serious look. Multiple cutouts in the hood for cooling were a unique touch, while the interior gained Recaro seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and a digital dashboard. If the A59 had raced, Volkswagen would have been required to build 2,500 of these ferocious Golfs for the road, but the project was scrapped. That means this is still the only Golf A59, although Volkswagen says the powertrain has continued to score class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in other cars.

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