VW Golf VII (7) R gets 400 hp from ABT Sportsline

Article by Christian A., on August 23, 2014

After unveiling the Golf R 400 Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Volkswagen made quite a buzz in the tuning world as its concept car used the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine (Type WA888) boosted to 400 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

For those who don’t know, the engine is the same used by the VW Golf R and that’s why tuning companies hurried up to boost the engine in order to deliver the same power as the concept car presented at Auto China 2014.

The first tuning company to unveil a 400 hp Golf R was Oettinger, but today we have another Golf R that delivers the same power, this time from ABT Sportsline. The standard Golf R uses a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine that generates 300 hp and 380 Nm of torque.

Power is delivered to the road via the permanent all-wheel drive system featuring the fifth-generation Haldex coupling. This enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. ABT decided to install the Power S kit that is based on a “New Generation” ABT control unit that boosts the output delivered by the engine to 400 hp and 480 Nm of torque.

With these numbers, the Golf R is now able to reach a top speed in excess of 300 km/h or 186 mph, which probably makes it the world’s fastest Golf, right? In addition, ABT Sportsline installed four exhaust pipes of a diameter of 101 mm as well as a new set of alloy wheels (18 to 20 inches) wrapped in high-performance tires.

ABT offers its ER-C, DR and CR wheels in various finishes. Moreover, there are new ABT aerodynamics such as a new front grille, headlight covers, mirror covers, side skirts and tail gate add-on. Inside, we find ABT floor mats and integrated entrance light. The ABT height adjustable suspension kit lowers the vehicle between 10 and 40 mm in the front while the rear end is lowered between 20 and 45 mm.

The new Golf R has received a number of newly developed exterior elements from Volkswagen R, such as bumpers, rear diffuser, chrome dual tailpipes of the exhaust system and side sills, as well as bi-xenon headlights and standard 18-inch alloy wheels (optional 19 inches).

To stand out from a standard VW Golf, the new VW Golf R features a number of distinguishing details. Up front, it comes with a newly designed bumper with large air inlets and modified radiator grille with the "R" logo. The front end also features newly developed LED daytime running lights integrated into the headlight housings. These DRLs form a characteristic dual "U" design below the dual bi-xenon headlights.

Meanwhile, the sides of the new VW Golf R are marked by newly designed 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels shod in 225/40 tires while showing off black brake calipers with the "R" logo. The flanks also feature body-colored side sill panels in "R" style, "R" badges on the front wings as well as "matt chrome" door mirror caps. VW R is also offering optional 19-inch alloy wheels, including "Cadiz" rims and the "Pretoria" wheels developed as "flow-forming," lightweight and sturdy units in motorsport design.

On the other hand, the new VW Golf R is defined by smoked LED rear lights featuring a characteristic light-colored stripe in the middle, four chrome tailpipes, an "R" logo on the boot lid as well as a diffuser in "R" design.

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