The Volkswagen Golf Rallye G60

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The Volkswagen Golf Rallye G60


In 1989, the Volkswagen Rallye Golf appeared. Distinguishable by its box-flared wheel arches and rectangular projector headlamps, this model featured Syncro four-wheel drive, a cable shifted transmission and a G-Lader -supercharger 1763 cc (less than the typical 1.8L 1781 cc to meet the engine displacement rules) version of the injected 8 valve G60 1.8 litre engine.

Only five thousand cars were built in Volkswagen’s Brussels, Belgium, plant to satisfy FIA homologation requirements for the 1990 World Rally Championship and were priced at about DM 50,000 each (or roughly twice as much as a base Golf GTI). The Rallye Golf had around 161Bhp when it left the factory. The road going versions of the car were only available in five colours: Black, Tornado Red, Blue Pearl, Green Pearl and Graphite Metallic (grey).

The  Volkswagen Golf Rallye G60 you see in the photograph was owned by one of the team here at ADE Tuning around 2000/1 and was his absolute pride and joy. It was purchased from a VW main dealership in Keighley. Realising that not many of these cars came up for sale. He made a few phone calls and quickly got on the road to go and see the car and leave a deposit. It was love at first sight and although the Rallye did need a bit of tlc it had all the original interior and alloys. The Volkswagen Golf Rallye was soon sat pride of place on the family driveway and that’s when the real fun started.


I not sure if any of you have ever heard the sound of a G60 engine, it’s sounds a bit like a banshees whine and after a Jabbasport charger and a smaller pulley was fitted along with a few other bits it sounded even more awesome. The Rallye also had a few cosmetic changes with new and bigger alloys and a de-badge grill so no non VW really didn’t have a clue what this car was.

It wasn’t long before the itch of serious modification and increased power over came and research into bigger and better engines and set ups started. That’s when the idea of converting the Rallye to one of the first UK if not European 1.8T 20v! Now back in the day there were no forums or Facebook to help research and get assistance from and there were only a handful of Mk2 Golf 1.8T 20v, so lots of shows where visited such as GTi International and pictures were taken of engine bays on disposable cameras.

Eventually after a while with a lot trial and error the beast ran! And not only did it run it sounded amazing with the 6 speed Audi S3 gearbox and Haldex conversion. As if it wasn’t loud enough the Rallye was taken to BlueFlame Performance and a custom exhaust system was made for the car. It was a real head turner and generally before you even saw it.


Winter’s Coming . . . time for a winter service.

Winter Service – be prepared!

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With summer now being officially over, it won’t be long until the cold weather and salty roads start having a dire effect on our cars. So now is the time to start thinking about getting your car ready and prepared for winter.

Here at ADE Tuning we understand the importance of preparing and maintaining your car over the colder months and that is why we have a winter service check program. Our winter service program consists of five major points:

  1. Coolant – The mixture is extremely in winter as it protects against freezing. This mixture needs to be made up of equal parts antifreeze and water and if you have had to top it up over the warmer months, it is extremely important that you get this checked out.
  2. Screen Wash – In the winter months you use your screen wash a lot more than you would think due to the increase of salt on the roads and motorways. We will replace your current screen wash mixture and ensure that you have the correct consistency. We will even have one of our mechanics show you where your washer bottle is and advise when best to top the screen wash up.
  3. Wipers and Washer Jets – We carefully check each wiper blade individually to ensure the rubber blade hasn’t cracked or perished. We also check that the rubber blades aren’t leaving any smears or streak marks on the windscreen. Any defected wiper blade will need replacing. We also check that the washer jets are functioning correctly and that they are also pointing in the most efficient direction.
  4. Tyres – If the tread on your tyres is getting low you may want to think about getting them replaced before winter arrives. A decent tyre depth is fundamental for good grip in wet conditions along with good tyre pressure. Cold temperatures can cause the tyre pressure to fall. Our mechanics will check both of these in the winter check program.
  5.  Lights and Battery – We will check all of your lights to ensure the bulbs are all functioning correctly. If your car has been struggling to start recently it could be due to the battery or alternator and a flat battery is the biggest cause of breakdowns in the winter months. We will check this for you.

I have put together a list of things you should pack if you have to make a car journey in the winter months especially if it is snowing. Most of the items listed are common sense items and some of which could stay in your car all year round:

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and spare batteries – or a wind-up torch
  • Warm clothes and blankets – for you and all passengers
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump start cables
  • Food and a warm drink in a thermos
  • Shovel
  • Reflective warning sign
  • Road atlas
  • Sunglasses – the glare off the snow can be dazzling
  • Mobile phone charger


If the weather is particularly bad, you may also want to consider the following additional items:

  • Snow shoes
  • Chains


But the most important piece of advice I can give you is, if the weather is bad and your journey is not essential stay at home!



 Is it time that you got your car checked ready for the BIG FREEZE this winter?


Call us today on 01254 676899 to book your car or your loved ones car in for a WINTER SERVICE CHECK.