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Last update:

February 22, 2014


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Mechanical Specifications

Engine Specifications

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Speed Specifications

Structural Specifications

Chassis Dimensions


Body Dimensions




Year

Exterior

Interior

Drag Coefficient

1980-1984

(North America)

Length: 155.3 inches, 159.3 ('84)

Width: 63.4 inches

Height: 55.5 inches

Wheelbase: 94.5 inches

Ground clearance: 4.8 inches

Turn radius: 31.2 ft., curb to curb

Front head room: 37.4 inches

Front leg room: 39.4 inches

Trunk capacity: 6.5 cubic feet

Max. seating capacity: 4

Drag (CD): 0.49

Frontal area A[m2]: 1.86

CDA: 0.91

1984.5-1985

(North America)

Length: 159.3 inches

Width: 64.2 inches

Height: 55.6 inches

Wheelbase: 94.5 inches

Ground clearance: 4.9 inches

Turn radius: 31.2 ft., curb to curb

Front head room: 37.4 inches

Front leg room: 39.4 inches

Trunk capacity: 6.5 cubic feet

Max. seating capacity: 4

Drag (CD): 0.49

Frontal area A[m2]: 1.86

CDA: 0.91

1986-1987

(North America)

Length: 151.3 inches

Width: 64.2 inches

Height: 55.6 inches

Wheelbase: 94.5 inches

Ground clearance: 4.9 inches

Turn radius: 31.2 ft., curb to curb

Front head room: 37.4 inches

Front leg room: 39.4 inches

Trunk capacity: 6.5 cubic feet

Max. seating capacity: 4

Drag (CD): 0.49

Frontal area A[m2]: 1.86

CDA: 0.91

1988-1993

(Worldwide)

Length: 153.1 inches

Width: 64.6 inches

Height: 55.6 inches

Wheelbase: 94.5 inches

Ground clearance: 4.9 inches

Turn radius: 31.2 ft., curb to curb

Front head room: 37.4 inches

Front leg room: 39.4 inches

Trunk capacity: 6.5 cubic feet

Max. seating capacity: 4

Drag (CD): 0.46

Frontal area A[m2]: 1.86

CDA: 0.89

Weight Specifications

1980-1984 (North America)

  • With A/C and manual trans: 2,236 - 2,276 pounds


1984.5-1985 (North America)

  • With A/C and manual trans: 2,276 pounds


1986-1987 (North America)

  • With A/C and manual trans: 2,254 pounds


1988-1993 (Worldwide)

  • With A/C and manual trans: 2,330 pounds



Engine

  • 8V: 120 pounds
  • 16V: 160 pounds


Transmission

  • 020: 75 pounds


Seats

  • Front bucket seat: 35 pounds
  • Front sport bucket with height adjust: 37 pounds
  • Rear seat: ?


Body Parts

  • North American alumunim bumper (solid brackets): 22 pounds
  • North American bumper over-rider: 5 pounds
  • Clipper kit front bumper: 41 pounds
  • Clipper kit rear bumper: 46 pounds
  • Clipper kit side skirts (pair): 5.5 pounds
  • Clipper kit fender flares (set): 5 pounds
  • Convertible top & frame: ?


Full Tank of Fuel

  • 10.6 gallons: 67 pounds
  • 13.8 gallons: 87 pounds


For comparison purposes: Original Euro, no frills GTI hard-top weighed 1850 lbs.; USA no frills GTI weighed 2011 lbs.

Towing Specifications

Flat-towing Your Cabriolet

  • Transmission must be in neutral
  • Do not exceed:
  •  Manual transmission: 50mph, or exceed 50 miles in towing distance
  • Auto transmission: 30mph, or exceed 30 miles in towing distance
  • Tow bars may damage Cabriolets with the Clipper kit
  • Be wary of the locking steering column


If towing long-distance or if the limits must be exceeded, use a tow dolly or flatbed, especially if the car has an automatic transmission.  Failure to do so could result in damage to the automatic transmission.



Towing Your Cabriolet on a Tow Dolly

  • Front wheels must be on the dolly (do not tow the car backwards!)
  • Transmission should be in neutral



Towing with Your Cabriolet

Volkswagen recommends that you not use your Cabriolet as a tow vehicle.  If you must use your Cabriolet as a tow vehicle, Volkwagen stipulates the following:

  • Do not exceed 1000 pounds in trailer weight.
  • Do not exceed 165 pounds in tongue weight.
  • Using a trailer with trailer brakes is advised for safety reasons.


Tow hitch suppliers:

   U-Haul

   JC Whitney



A Cabriolet shell, as depicted here, weighs approximately 950 pounds.