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The highly respected German Tuning house ABT has released their version of the latest and equally well-respected Golf GTI.

CarAdvice’s Full Throttle team recently sampled several ABT tuned rockets in Germany and were blown away by what these guys can do with much of the standard fare from the Volkswagen group, which means this Golf GTI is likely to seriously impress.

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First off, let’s look at the numbers. The standard Golf GTI produces a respectable 154kW and 280Nm of torque, which is good for a 0-100km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds, if you go for the quick shifting DSG transmission.

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ABT have managed to extract an amazing 221kW and a whopping 400Nm from the 2.0 FSI turbocharged engine. That’s a whole lot of extra kilowatts, and enough to lower the 0-100km/h-sprint time to a fraction under six seconds.

The main ingredient is a new ABT developed turbocharger, as well as their own chassis springs, which lowers the GTI’s centre of gravity by a full 30mm.

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The Chassis setting was designed by ex DTM racer Christian ABT, which means this thing should out handle anything but only the very best performance cars. I know this, as we drove their version of the Golf R32, and our BMW M5 had some difficulty trying to stay with it – on the autobahn.

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But its not just about performance with the ABT GTI, it also looks the part. There is absolutely no mistaking this car for a “normal” Golf GTI.

The rear spoiler and rear apron, side mouldings, front grill and apron along with the diagonal 4-pipe exhaust system form one unit.

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The front apron also houses new Daylight Running Lamps as part of the overall aero package.

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If you like what you see here, you can contact the Australian representatives of ABT by clicking here.




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