In the 90s when the sport of rally was still huge, just after the madness of Group B in the 80s, Volkswagen decided to try to build a car that could also compete. Sister company Audi was already dominating in rally and even though that was taking up most of the budget for these things, Volkswagen also wanted a shot at fame and glory. Having Audi’s tech available meant that something special could be created, and that’s where this one of one car, the A59 was created. The end result was a car based on the Mk3 platform but with wide arches, aero, an all-aluminium turbocharged 16-valve powerplant with a square 86mm x 86mm setup, and all-wheel drive setup and a computer-controlled 6-speed transmission. The resulting 205 kW and 370 Nm saw the A59 being the most powerful factory-built street-legal Golf right up until the Mk7 R Golf was released. Can you imagine where the Golf line would be today if this car actually saw competition and that technology made it into the showroom models?
Take a look at the YouTube video that takes a detailed look at the Mk3 prototype from the 90s, a car that if it made it into production would have sent Volkswagen's hot hatch evolution in a different direction to what we see today. This is the best and most detailed review of the iconic and rare car we've seen - check it out: Under The Skin Of Volkswagen's Golf A59 Prototype | FCP Euro
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