VW Rabbit Pickup Specs

Listed below are various features, technical data and specifications for 1st Generation (1979 – 1996) Volkswagen Rabbit Pickups.  Be sure to click on the image below to enlarge and see full view of an original VW Pickup Truck marketing sheet.

 

Engine Options

  • 1.5 Petrol (Gasoline)
  • 1.5 Diesel (1980 Only)
  • 1.6 Petrol (Gasoline)
  • 1.6 Diesel (w/turbo outside US)
  • 1.7 Petrol (Gasoline)
  • 1.8 Petrol (Gasoline)

 

Exterior Color Options

  • Lago Blue
  • Mojave Beige
  • Royal Red
  • Forest Green Metal
  • Sandstone
  • Sunbrite Yellow
  • Black
  • Cashmere White
  • Diamond Silver
  • Slate Gray

 

VW Pickup Truck Specs Sheet

 

VW Pickup Truck Specifications

(from specs sheet above)

Engine

  • Number of cylinders: 4 in-line
  • Bore x stroke (gasoline): Inches – 3.13″ x 3.40″
  • Bore x stroke (Diesel): Inches – 3.01″ X 3.40″
  • Displacement (gasoline): 105.0 cu in
  • Displacement (Diesel): 97 cu in
  • Compression ratio: Gasoline – 8.2:1 / Diesel – 23.0:1
  • Horsepower: Gasoline – 78 @ 5500 rpm / Diesel – 52 @ 4800 rpm
  • Torque: Gas – 88.2 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm / Diesel – 71 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
  • Fuel requirements: Gasoline – Unleaded only / Diesel – No. 2 Diesel fuel

Engine Design

  • Engine block: Cast iron
  • Cylinder head: Aluminum alloy
  • Valve train: Overhead cam, spur-belt driven
  • Cooling system: Water-cooled, thermostatically-controlled electric radiator fan; cross-flow radiator closed and pressurized
  • Fuel/Air Supply: Gasoline – Continuous Injection System (CIS) / Diesel – Spur-belt driven distributor injection pump; Diesel injectors, “swirl” chambers and glow plugs

Electrical Systems

  • Rated voltage: 12V
  • Alternator output: 55 Amp
  • Battery capacity: 12V / 54 Amp/hr
  • Ignition: Electronic, breakerless with digital idle stabilizer / Diesel; compression ignition
  • Cylinder firing order: 1 – 3 – 4 – 2

Drive Train

  • Clutch: Single disc, dry
  • Transmission, manual: 4 & 5 speed – fully-synchronized transaxle; 1st gear: 3.45:1; 2nd gear: 1.94:1; 3rd gear: 1.29:1; 4th gear: 0.91:1; Reverse: 3.17:1