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This Website is for owners, and afficionados, of Volkswagen's GTI VR6. The GTI VR6 was a revolution in the so-called "hot hatch" marketspace with the introduction of a relatively small, and nimble, hatchback that housed a compact, yet powerful, narrow-angle V6 engine.

The name VR6 is derived from a combination of Vee for the cylinder configuration and Reihenmotor, which translated from German means inline motor - giving us Vee Reihenmotor Six, or Inline Vee Six. With a unique 15 angle between the cylinder banks, rather than the traditional 60 or 90, this allowed for a 2.8 litre engine to be used in a small engine bay, such as those previously reserved for 4-cylinder engines.

Owing to the unsurprising success of a big engine in a small car, the GTI VR6 developed quite a cult following, and the following pages contain the distilled knowledge that has accumulated over the years.

In other markets, the GTI VR6 also goes under the Golf moniker, and the VR6 engine itself has also found a home in other vehicles under the VAG umbrella.

The MkIII platform was the first to use the VR6 powerplant, which debuted in a 12V version. The engine was initially marketed as a DOHC engine, however this is a point of contention due to the unique design. Yes, there are two overhead cam shafts, however there is only one cam shaft over each bank of cylinders. The next generation of the VR6 engine, used in the MkIV platform was a true double overhead cam engine, with one camshaft controlling the inlet valves and the other controlling the exhaust valves, while still using two cam shafts over the one cylinder head. The 24V engine also features other technical improvements, such as variable valve timing and a variable geometry inlet manifold, that enables it to extract another 22kW from the same displacement.

Unless specified otherwise, on the following pages assume any information is specific to the MkIII VR6 - manufactured between 1993 and early 1999 inclusive.


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The GTI-VR6 Mailing list was started in 1995, perhaps by Arthur Emerson. He was the admin until he scored a great deal on a new 1.8T FWD TT when they first came out so he could campaign it in SCCA Pro-Solo autocross. He sold the GTiVR6 and fell off of the map after that. At that time of the MK3 GTI VR6 release ('95-'97) the list hosted tuners and owners trying to figure out how to modify the VR6 platform. Sales of the Corrado were never strong, so tuners didn't have much product out. Combined with the change in 1996 to OBD-2, the list was VERY technical and VERY active. Tim from New Dimensions, Todd from AWE/GIAC, I think Velocity Sport Tuning were active then. Neuspeed was on the list. Uwe Ross of Ross-tech was an active lister and GTiVR6 owner. It was pretty awesome through 1997 or so. Now, less so. For more than fifteen years it has been a source of technical information an discussion for the Volkswagen and Audi tuner community. Please browse our technical knowledgebase and please join us for discussions on the mailing list.


  • SEE ALSO our sister site for all things realted to the MK5 GTI / fifth generation Golf platform (2006-current).
  • See the VW Vortex Forums for more general VW/Audi questions.

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