Lo­cally-built 3,6-litre Citi Golf head­ing to GTI Tr­ef­fen

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

US­ING the hash­tag #Ci­tiGolfChal­lenge, car en­thu­si­ast Jamie Orr will be tak­ing the beloved Citi Golf from South Africa to one of the big­gest Volk­swa­gen events, the GTI Tr­ef­fen in Wörthersee, Ger­many.

The project started with ship­ping a Pas­sat 3,6L VR6 en­gine, com­plete with Golf 4 VR5 trans­mis­sion with a Lim­ited Slip Dif­fer­en­tial, and light­weight bil­let fly­wheel and clutch setup, from Amer­ica to South Africa.

Upon ar­rival in South Africa at the end of Jan­uary 2018, Jamie started search­ing for a suit­able Citi Golf.

The Volk­swa­gen Citi Golf was only pro­duced in South Africa, and was never of­fi­cially sold out­side of the African con­ti­nent. “While the Golf 1 en­joys a strong en­thu­si­ast fol­low­ing around the world, Citi Golfs are a rare sight even at Volk­swa­gen fan events, that is why I wanted to buy, re­store, and share one as much as pos­si­ble,” said Orr.

The team were able to get their hands on a 1991 clas­sic blue two-tone Citi which only had dents and mi­nor me­chan­i­cal is­sues. The build chal­lenge in­cluded in­stalling the im­ported 225Kw VR6 en­gine, with orig­i­nal fac­tory fuel man­age­ment and wiring and a full re­spray in the orig­i­nal colour.

The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior were up­dated with GTi Mk7 in­spired seat fab­ric, all-new steer­ing com­po­nents and up­graded brakes. The in­te­rior trim work fea­tures clas­sic images from Gaut­eng and other iconic images taste­fully lin­ing the stereo sys­tem com­po­nents in­side the boot.

The build, which took al­most a week, cul­mi­nated in the Citi Golf at­tend­ing its first show, the VDub Camp Fest in Bela Bela at in the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary. The jour­ney then took the Citi Golf to the Volk­swa­gen Uiten­hage fac­tory, some 1 000 kilo­me­tres from Gaut­eng.

Matt Gen­nrich, VWSA com­mu­ni­ca­tions gen­eral man­ager, said the Golf car will next be shipped to the Volk­swa­gen Em­den fac­tory in Ger­many, as well as to the head­quar­ters of the Volk­swa­gen Group, the Wolfs­burg fac­tory in Ger­many.

“In Wolfs­burg, we will ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touches, be­fore an­other 1 000 km drive to the GTI Tr­ef­fen in Wörthersee. The tour of Europe will also in­clude fac­tory and mu­seum vis­its as well as a trip to the in­fa­mous Nur­bur­gring race track,” con­cluded Orr.

Af­ter the #Ci­tiGolfChal­lenge is done, the car would have trav­elled to three con­ti­nents and its fi­nal desti­na­tion will be in Amer­ica. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Jamie Orr and Matt Gen­nrich, VWSA com­mu­ni­ca­tions gen­eral man­ager, with the Citi Golf that will go to Ger­many with a Pas­sat 3,6L VR6 en­gine (in­set), to take part in the GTI Tr­ef­fen in Wörthersee.

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