Last updated: February 25, 2020

The Ultimate 83 GTI Summary

 

Ultimate 83 GTI Specifications Summary

 

Articles published on the car (Feb 24, 2020):

VW Newsroom: http://newsroom.vw.com/vehicles/one-rabbit-gti-fans-years-long-build-of-his-ultimate-custom-car/

Automobile Magazine: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/1983-volkswagen-gti-ultimate-build-expensive/?sm_id=organic_tw_social_AMAG_200224_sf230576624#sf230576624

Motor Trend Magazine: https://www.motortrend.com/news/1983-volkswagen-gti-project-car-expensive/

Classic Cars Journal: https://journal.classiccars.com/2020/02/24/after-140000-and-12000-hours-his-redone-rabbit-was-ready/

CarBuzz: https://carbuzz.com/news/vw-enthusiast-spends-an-insane-amount-of-money-building-his-dream-rabbit-gti

Auto Blog: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/02/24/1983-vw-rabbit-gti-custom-build-video/

Yahoo Entertainment: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/140-000-1983-volkswagen-rabbit-180500471.html

The Drive: https://www.thedrive.com/news/32348/ultimate-volkswagen-rabbit-gti-restomod-took-12000-hours-cost-140000

Car Scoops: https://www.carscoops.com/2020/02/canadian-spent-new-porsche-911-gt3-money-in-classic-vw-gti-sells-it-for-a-fraction-of-the-cost/

Auto CZ: https://www.auto.cz/nadsenec-si-postavil-vw-rabbit-gti-svych-snu-stalo-ho-to-miliony-133439

A full 125 page PDF document on the car can be found here - for best viewing, download it and display on a wide screen monitor in full screen '2 up' mode.

A video version of this document with a detailed walk-around inspection is available here: https://youtu.be/e84opR4w0Jc

Hi res photos of the exterior and interior can be found here: https://derekspratt.smugmug.com/Ultimate-83-GTI/

The parts/price list of this project is added an an appendix to the PDF document but can also be found separately here in an easier to read format: http://www.derekspratt.com/PDFs/Automotive/1983 VW GTI 2/Ultimate_83_GTI_parts_list.pdf

Holley ECU related software and product descriptions: https://www.holley.com/products/fuel_systems/fuel_injection/dominator_efi/dominator_ecu/parts/554-114

My ECU Global Config files: www.derekspratt.com/Misc/GTI_Holley_Global_Files.zip

Kicker IQ1000.5 Amplifier related Apple iOS software: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tweeq/id1001591656 and PC application: https://www.kicker.com/tweeq

My IQ1000.5 Config file: www.derekspratt.com/Misc/GTI_Kicker_TweEQ_Config.CFG

 

 

 

Index of Project web pages:

Project Overview, Goals & Specs

The Ultimate 83 GTI Summary

Project Car Initial Condition
Chassis Development
Bodywork & Paint
Suspension, Steering & Braking Systems
Engine, Oiling, Cooling, Transmission & Exhaust Systems

Electrical, A/C & Fuel Systems
Interior
Performance Validation
Final Street Trim Conversion

VW Vortex thread on this project

Videos # 001 - 049 (Feb 2013 - May 2014)
Videos # 050 - 099 (Jul 2014 - Sept 2015)
Videos # 100 - 149 (Sept 2015 - May 2017)
Videos # 150 - 181 (May 2017 - Dec 2019)

My original 1983 Rabbit GTI (owned 1983-1987)

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