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ABT Volkswagen Golf GTI news - Golf coarse - 2009
If there’s one thing the new VW Golf GTi needs, it’s a little more drama. So thank heavens for German tuners ABT, who’ve just given the GTi a shot of much-needed adrenalin.
We’ll skip past the exterior changes, which are standard on pimped-up tuning jobs, and go straight to the engine. ABT has given the Golf’s 2.0-litre TSI a light workout, upping power from 210bhp to 240. Part of that extra grunt come from a new exhaust, which is rounded off with quad pipes and - you’d hope - a meatier sound than the standard car can manage.
And of course, the job wouldn’t be complete without a suspension drop. The brakes have been sorted too, though the standard stoppers weren’t shy.
ABT has been tuning things for 50 years now, so it knows its stuff. Though that does make us wonder - what did a slamming bodykit look like in 1959?
Now watch Jeremy thrash the outrageous Golf GTI