Research 1997 Volkswagen GTI specs for the trims available. Choose the desired trim / style from the dropdown list to see the corresponding specs.

Base 2dr HB Base Manual


Brake Type Pwr-Assisted
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.79
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.79
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 17.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.7


Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) -TBD-


SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 115 @ 5400
Engine Order Code
Engine Type Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/121
Fuel System SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 122 @ 3200

Exterior Dimensions

Length, Overall (in) 160.4
Liftover Height (in) -TBD-
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.0
Track Width, Front (in) 57.5
Height, Overall (in) 56.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7
Wheelbase (in) 97.4

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5

Interior Dimensions

Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3
Front Head Room (in) 37.5
Second Head Room (in) 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 31.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6
Second Hip Room (in) -TBD-
Front Hip Room (in) -TBD-
Passenger Volume (ft³) 86.8
Passenger Capacity 4


EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31


Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) -TBD-
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.8
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2


Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI
Body Style 4 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI


Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) -TBD-
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) -TBD-
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.71
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79
Suspension Type - Front Independent


Front Tire Order Code
Rear Tire Order Code
Spare Tire Order Code
Front Tire Size P195/60R14
Rear Tire Size P195/60R14
Spare Tire Size Compact


Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A


Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.94
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.46
Trans Description Cont. Again
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD
Trans Type 5
Trans Order Code
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.67
Clutch Size (in) -TBD-
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97


EPA Classification Compact

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2566


Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 14 x 6
Rear Wheel Size (in) 14 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact

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