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by Matt Campbell

Oettinger may not be a name familiar to you unless you’re a fan of all things German, but the Teutonic accessories specialist has been adapting versions of the Volkswagen Golf for as long as it has been around. And it’s a name that may become more familiar in Australia in the coming years…

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will offer Oettinger Performance body kits and accessories for the Golf GTI and Golf R from this month, with the styling packs available for the current-generation Golf 7 (not yet confirmed for the new-look 7.5 model).

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The move is a result of a global strategy from Volkswagen Accessories to partner with Oettinger GmbH. The packs consist of a front splitter, front spoiler, side-skirts, a motorsport-inspired rear spoiler, a bold lower diffuser, and quad tailpipe muffler setup.

According to both companies, the body kit “has been perfected in wind tunnels to make sure it reaches the highest quality levels demanded by Volkswagen”, while the Golf R exhaust system includes a valve control system to modulate the amount of noise.

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Volkswagen Australia hasn’t yet confirmed pricing for the new equipment, but it won’t come cheap if British pricing is anything to go by. In the UK, the Golf GTI kit costs £3995 ($6450) while the Golf R pack costs £5225 ($8440).

The local arm of the German car maker says it has “exclusive distribution rights for our market through the Volkswagen dealer network”, and that means the Oettinger goodies will be covered by the standard company warranty (three-year/unlimited kilometres) for workmanship if fitted from new, or two years if fitted after the initial sale.

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Stay tuned for more details as they come to hand.

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