As the new generation MkVI Volkswagen Golf prepares for its launch down under, German tuner ABT has already completed its performance overhaul of the latest Golf models.
The ABT Sportsline Golf range includes the entry-level 1.4 TSI model, the 2.0 TSI and even the 2.0 TDI diesel.
Each tuned model is a step above its production equivalent, with the standard 90kW 1.4 TSI engine boosted to 125kW by ABT, while the high-output version develops 147kW up from 118kW - just shy of the power produced by the 2.0 TSI in standard guise.
The true power package is available through the ABT Sportsline 2.0 TSI which now pumps out 176kW compared to 154kW for the standard model.
Economically minded drivers are also well catered for, with the 2.0 TDI also receiving the ABT treatment, producing an extra 22kW over the standard model for a total of 125kW.
These tuned models also receive the handling and braking upgrades required for the extra power, featuring ABT lowered springs or threaded suspension together with the option for larger 345mm discs or a sports braking system with 380mm rotors.
The range also boasts the visual styling to match the under-bonnet tweaking, with ABT designers developing a unique aero kit incorporating a front grille and apron, side skirts, rear apron and spoiler.
Completing the look are a set of 18- or 19-inch sports wheels available in either a diamond turned or high-gloss finish, wrapped in performance rubber.
While tuned cars may not be as mainstream here in Australia as they are overseas, few realise just how accessible these models are locally with Australian-based company RamSpeed representing the world’s leading brands in luxury vehicle customisation.
The firm plans to have the entire ABT Sportsline Golf MkVI line-up available in Australia from March 2009.