Can you imagine a car as small as Volkswagen Golf carry out as much as 400 horsepower? Well, you don’t have to imagine that anymore. Thanks to ABT Sportline, this was made possible in the Golf R. The best part about it is that it is road legal. Also, that is not all there is to the hot hatchback, as it had also been given some styling upgrades.
Most of the increase in the engine power comes from the engine tuning that ABT Sportline did. The tuner equipped the Golf R with a unique ABT Engine Control unit that maximizes the Golf’s turbocharged four cylinder that produces 310 horsepower up to a full 400 ponies. But it is not just the horsepower that benefits from this, because the torque also goes up to 368 pound-feet, and it is spread out to the all-wheel drive system.
The Golf R can be driven with only the power boost, but you can also get a suspension upgrade with new anti-roll bars and springs that ABT Sportline offers as an option. This lowers the hatchback by 20mm in front and 25mm in the rear. But there is also an option where the suspension’s height can be adjusted, dropping it as low as 45mm, making it look sweeter while being more handy when it comes to the handling department. This is paired with a six-piston brake upgrade that is capable of stopping a car with 400 horses.
Moving on to the hatchback’s physical look, the tuner will provide customers with a wide array of DR or ER-C wheels in different finished and sizes - from 18, 19, and up to 20 inches. If that does not make the exterior look aggressive enough, there are also new side skirts with a diffuser that add a little style to the Golf R, as well as the quad exhaust tips and an upgraded ABT rear muffler that add more aggression to it. Overall, we think that all the bits and pieces that have been added all work together. In fact, it is one good-looking Golf. All of the ABT Golf R’s parts are optional, but we think that getting all these upgrades together are pretty much worth it.
But of course, I think we are all going to agree that the best part about this is the fact that it now has a lot more power and sound too. Now, we also think that the Volkswagen Golf R is the perfect alternative to the Golf R400 and the Mercedes A45 AMG. Why the A45 AMG? Because it is rumoured to have 400 horsepower as well. And VWVortex actually thinks that ABT’s had its sight at the upcoming Mercedes.