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1978 Volkswagen Golf LD information summary

What body style?
hatchback with 4/5 seats
How long?
3815 mm
How heavy?
845 kg
What size engine?
1.6 litre, 1588 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
55 PS / 54 bhp / 40 kW @ 4800 rpm
How much torque?
100 Nm / 74 / 10.2 kgm @ 3000 rpm


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1978 Volkswagen Golf LD technical specifications


The Volkswagen Golf LD is a 5 door hatchback style road car designed by Italdesign with a front mounted engine driving through the front wheels.
Powering the Volkswagen Golf LD is a single overhead camshaft, 1.6 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder motor, with 2 valves per cylinder that produces power and torque figures of 54 bhp (55 PS/40 kW) at 4800 rpm and 100 N·m (74 lb·ft/10.2 kgm) at 3000 rpm respectively.
The engine supplies its power through to the wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission.
The quoted kerb weight is 845 kg.
1978 Volkswagen Golf LD data
1978 Volkswagen Golf LD data
Body type4/5 seater hatchback
Number of doors5
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2398 94.4
Track/tread (front) 1389 54.7
Track/tread (rear) 1346 53
Length 3815 150.2
Width 1610 63.4
Height 1410 55.5
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.59
Kerb weight 845 kg 1863 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 45 litres 9.9 UK Gal 11.9 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated diesel
Engine manufacturer Volkswagen
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.6 litre
1588 cc
(96.906 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 76.5 × 86.4 mm
3.01 × 3.4 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.89
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
55 PS (54 bhp) (40 kW)
at 4800 rpm
Specific output
34 bhp/litre
0.56 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
100 Nm (74 ft·lb) (10.2 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque
62.97 Nm/litre
0.76 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 23:1
Fuel system Bo diesel inj.
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 791.3 kPa (114.8 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 397 cc
Aspiration Normal D.
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 64.79 PS/g
47.65 kW/g
63.91 bhp/ton
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 20.98 kg/kW
35.05 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout transverse
Drive wheels front wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.MS.CS.
Rear suspension I.TA.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.97
Final drive ratio 3.90
general ID43076
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 14.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1978 Volkswagen Golf LD added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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