The Golf II is not just any Golf, for many it is the best - including Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline enthuses: "There were always problems with corrosion on the one and the three, but the two runs and runs and runs." The bare figures also prove this: 2012, that is 20 years after the end of production, were 450.000 cars on German roads Model on the go. "Its variety of engines and its success made it the ideal refinement object for us," explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. The performance range ranged from 55 PS (40 kW) in the smallest petrol and diesel variants to 210 PS (155 kW) with G- Loaders "fired" Limited with 1,8 liters of displacement.
And of course the two also had “his” GTI. The emerging ecological movement indirectly ensured that it was later also available with Kat. In the base, it produced 112 or 107 PS (82 or 79 kW). "The Golf II GTI was not only available as an eight-valve, but also as a sixteen-valve, which was a challenge for us at the time," recalls Hans-Jürgen Abt. The sixteen-valve with catalytic converter had a significant drop in performance, but at least 129 PS ( 95 kW). The king of the “Gölfe” of the series internally called “Type 19E” was the G60, which provided 160 or as a Limited 210 PS (118 or 155 kW) and was partly equipped with VW all-wheel drive Syncro. at ABT was loved by this compact athlete: "It was a fast and uncompromising driving machine," enthuses Hans-Jürgen Abt. With the "Abbots" you could order a power surcharge - up to 240 PS (177 kW) were included after the Allgäu strength cure. For the first time, ABT also dealt intensively with the diesel igniters in the Golf - made possible by the new GTD, in which the diesel turbocharger celebrated its premiere.
ABT also provided a striking and impressive external impact for “his” Golf II: a spoiler across the tailgate window, front spoiler, side strips with “ABT Power” lettering or rims with a racing look made for a confident appearance. In contrast to the Einser Golf, the body at the ABT was not designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, but by the VW design department. "Straightforward, independent and timeless", she calls Hans-Jürgen Abt. He tells that the two was a real trendsetter in its class at the time: A small series called "CityStromer" with an electric motor was on offer as well as all-wheel drive or the Golf Country was practically almost an SUV. "However, it was ahead of its time and therefore not so successful," adds Hans-Jürgen Abt.
In any case, the traditional company from the southwest of Bavaria continued its own success story, which began with the Golf I and especially with its GTI. To this day, ABT Sportsline, as the company has been known since 1991, has refined all generations of golf. Various performance increases are currently available for the smaller Golf VII engines, but also for the GTI and GTD. Of course, stylish attachments are also available for the bodies of the current models. Because even here you stay true to yourself in the Allgäu: If the Golf is supposed to be even sportier, you can see it too.