Volkswagen Golf Rallye
On the face of it, the Golf Rallye sounds perfect: take MkII GTI, add viscous-coupling 4WD system, supercharge the engine and send it off to face the granddaddy of 4WD hot hatches, the Lancia Delta Integrale.
And when we say face, we don’t mean in the boring sales-race sense; we mean in the 1990 World Rally Championship. And, as you probably don’t remember the Golf Rallye, you can pretty easily imagine how well it did.
And it wasn’t much better in the road-going homologation versions; the supercharger’s extra punch didn’t offset the extra weight of the four-wheel-drive system, so it was slower in the 0-62 sprint than a regular Golf GTI. Which cost half as much. Ouch.
Luckily, there was a faster version that could blow the doors off the MkII GTI (and much else besides) with a 6.4-second 0-62 time: the Golf G60 Limited. Unluckily, that ‘Limited’ part was accurate – only 70 or so were made, and most of them went to the muckety mucks at Volkswagen.