Originally Posted by TrickySr.
I have been a fan of Volkl for many years and have most of the consumer brochures going back to 96/97. (If you have a specific question, I may be able to look it up.) I believe most of the information put forth so far has been mostly accurate, with some minor errors.
I'll try to put some time frame on some of their "series of skis."
As memory serves, Volkl was originally imported into the US late '60s early '70s(?) by a distributor named Beconta. (Also distributed Look bindings and Nordica boots)
Primary, US imported ski models then, were the Zebras and Tigers; they created a model in 1970(?) called the Sapporo prior to the '72 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
Volkl mostly faded from the US market around the mid-70s, due to unreliable delivery of product in the US; apparently, due to strong sales in Europe.(This is memory and may not be entirely reliable.) New distribution in the US (early to mid '80s) led to their current market position.
Generally, Volkl GS skis are red (Pink or Purple P9 RS were exceptions); Slaloms are yellow.
Most Renntigers(considered an all mountain, "combi" ski) were yellow with black sidewalls,last "yellow-years" had white sidewalls;then in late '80s (when most Volkls were "graphite") the Renntiger had yellow highlights.
I am not aware of a lime green Renntiger. There were lime green P9/P10 SLCs(soft slaloms.)
In the '80s, Volkl's racing skis used the "Explosiv" name designation.
The "P" series began with the P9 name based on the idea of that a "perfect 10" was impossible, therefore, the P9. (Obviously, this concept was not held to by their marketing department.)
I believe the following are fairly accurate timelines:
P9 -- 1991, 1992,1993
P10 -- 1994,1995
P20 -- 1996, 1997(in 1997 they also introduced a P11:all-mtn,high perf.)
P30 -- 1998,1999; Orange Race Carver(RC)
P40 -- 2000: Red/White F1 Race Carver(GS), OrangeRC(all-mtn) both have plastic "wart" on tip
P40 -- 2001(Wart goes away; skis use "energY' construction)
Black w/Red F1(GS; all-Mtn); Black w/green(same ski w/"energYrail" binding plate
P50 -- 2002 F1(GS) is green!
P50 -- 2003 Back to Red/GS and Yellow/Slalom;Integrated binding systems are all called "Motion"
P60 -- 2004, 2005
Racetiger -- 2006,2007,2008 New racing ski designation
Volkl, as a smaller ski company, has always produced numerous models but in limited quantities.
I'll try to address the all mountain groups,etc. in another reply.