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Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf doesn’t carry nearly the same amount of cache as more powerful hatchbacks do, but when it comes to sports hatchbacks , you’ll find it difficult to name another one that’s as beloved by aftermarket company’s than the Golf .

As it is, the Golf’s reputation as a sports car trapped in a hatchback body has made it a tuning favorite, and the latest one to profess its admiration for the VW is Caractere, which is no stranger to working on Volkswagens .

The program is made up of both aesthetic and mechanical upgrades with Caractere working really hard to build a new aero kit that gives the Golf a more dynamic look and feel. The kit includes a new front lip spoiler, revised side skirts, a rear diffuser, a stainless-steel sports exhaust system and a new set of 18- or 19-inch CW1 light alloys. These five new elements play equally important roles on improving the Golf’s look, while also addressing the need for more performance balance brought about by the comprehensive engine tune the company gave it.

Speaking of the performance upgrades, Caractere offers a comprehensive program list that covers the full breadth of Golf trim models, beginning with the 1.6 TDI, which saw its output jump from 90 horsepower to 110 horsepower all the way to the most powerful Golf in the fold — the 2.0 TFSI — which increased its output from 270 horsepower all the way up to 310 horsepower.

It’s not the most mind-blowing Golf project we’ve seen, but in terms of overall likeness and authenticity, Caractere’s program for Volkswagen’s resident sports hatch gets high marks from us.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is now on its seventh generation so with the car having been around that long, an assumption can be made that Volkswagen must be doing something right.

But even with the Golf’s popularity, the sports hatch could still use some extra lovin’, and that attention is being given in kind by BBM Motorsport. Known for its Volkswagen programs, BBM’s fascination for VW models is on display with its latest program for the seventh-generation Golf.

The program was made for the Golf GTI Performance, which already boasts an impressive 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in its standard guise. Seems like a modicum amount of output, right?

Not according to BBM, as it gave the Golf’s four-banger some extra goodies, including a new carbon intake kit and new custom down pipes with sports cats, to go with a modified electronics system. With these changes in tow, the Golf GTI Performance now boasts an output of 300 horsepower at 6,100 to 6,700 rpm and 324 pound-feet of torque at 2,150 to 4,750 rpm, sizable increases for Volkswagen’s resident sports hatch.

And just to give the Golf GTI Performance’s program more substance, BBM Motorsports also added a red wrap from SFT Carwrap Ibbenbueren, a set of 19-inch BBS wheels, a Supersprint bespoke exhaust system with 100 mm (3.94-inch) pipes, a Stoptech braking system with 328-by-25 mm (12.9-by-0.98-inch) rotors and four-piston calipers, and a KW suspension system that’s electronically adjustable between 20 to 55 mm (0.79 to 2.2 inches). They don’t sound like fancy upgrades, but you can’t underestimate their importance in making this program as well-rounded as it can be.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance

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Volkswagen unveiled the European version of the new Golf R at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but there was no information given on the U.S>-spec model. Well, the wait is nearly over, as we will see the U.S.-spec Golf R at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

The only downside is that we cannot get out hands on the the most powerful Golf ever until the first quarter of 2015 when the new Golf R will be put on sale as a 2016 model. That means that there will be no 2014 or 2015 Golf R.

The new Golf R will deliver about 34 horsepower more than the previous generation, but even so, it will be more fuel efficient than its predecessor and a bit faster. Along with the improved engine, the 2016 Golf R will come with a permanent all-wheel-drive system, sports suspension, high-performance brake system and a high-performance brake system.

Just like the first Golf R, which was launched back in 2009, the new model will be distinguished by a sportier look, a lowered ride and, of course, plenty of "R" logos. Volkswagen will continue to offer the model in an exclusive Lapis Blue Metallic paint, with another seven exterior colors offered.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R.

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Wilhelm Karmann GmbH - or simply Karmann - was one of the largest independent motorvehicle manufacturing companies in Germany, specially known for its products developed for Volkswagen . Two of the most famous vehicles developed by Karmann are Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet and the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia developed between 1955 and 1974.

Today, as a tribute to Karmann, Volkswagen launched the special edition Golf Cabriolet Karmann which is now on sale at a price of €27,275 — about $37,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new special edition can be combined with all the standard Golf Cabriolet engines and will be distinguished by special 17-inch Porto-style alloy wheels and various chrome elements. The interior is updated with sport seats upholstered in black Alcantara, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, and various "Karmann" logo placed both on the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Karmann.

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Do you remember the Golf Sportsvan Concept Volkswagen unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show ? Well, today it’s time to finally see the production version of this new model out for a test in blustery, winter conditions.

To no surprise, the production version looks nearly identical to the concept , with the only noticeable difference being the slightly revised fog lights on the production version.

The new Golf Sportvan will ride on a wheelbase with about 1.96 inches longer than the standard Golf and the body is about 0.3 inches wider. The most obvious of differences between the Golf and this Sportsvan is that it is taller than the standard Golf.

The new model will come as a replacement for the old Golf Plus, and VW built it as a combination between a minivan and a hatchback. Its demographic is younger families who like the roomier interior, but still prefer the compact size on the outside.

Expect the new Volkswagen Golf Sportvan to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , with the first deliveries starting in mid 2014.

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The 2013 Essen Motor Show is just around the corner and it looks like ABT Sportsline is ready to impress the world with all its upgrades specially developed for the German tuning show. One of the packages it developed for Essen is based on the seventh generation Golf GTI and tries to discover the dark side of the car.

In order to do so, the 2.0 liter engine was updated with an ABT Power kit that increases the final output to a total of 300 horsepower - up from the standard 220 horsepower. As a result the GTI now goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.

The car rides on new 20-inch alloy wheels combined with new sport stabilizers and an ABT height adjustable suspension kit.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI Dark Edition by ABT Sportsline.

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You may recall the Golf VI GTI Razor 6 that RevoZport revealed to the world back in 2010? As its name suggests it was based on the Golf GTI VI , and it was all about bumping the engine’s total output.

With Volkswagen revealing the seventh-generation Golf GTI , RevoZport came with a new tuning kit, this time called of course Razor 7.

For the first time, the GTI is offered with two different level of power. As standard, the GTI’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine delivers either 220, but you can bump that to 230 horsepower with the Performance model. We think that even VW can admit that those numbers aren’t necessarily overwhelming.

This is where RevoZport comes into focus. It updated the turbocharged engine with an ECU remap, a new induction system and a titanium exhaust that weight just 22 pounds — 50 percent less than the stock version. This increases the 2.0-liter engine’s total output to 290 horsepower, which is much better suited for a hot hatchback like the GTI.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI Razor 7 by RevoZport.

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While we are all waiting for the 2014 Golf R to hit the market, the German tuner ALPHA-N Performance decided to offer a few tricks for the current model.

The base Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 270 horsepower. That’s a pretty hefty number for a four-banger, but that’s not the best it can can do.

ALPHA-N Performance updated the Golf R with a new EVOMS sports air filter system and a new, stainless-steel exhaust system that considerably improves the sound of the turbocharged engine. All these changes, combined with a new EVOX systems chip tuning box, jump the total output to 330 horsepower - an increase of 60 horsepower over the base version.

All this power is transferred to the asphalt through all four wheels via the standard DSG gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R by ALPHA-N Performance.

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Volkswagen is preparing to expand its Golf lineup with the addition of a new Sportsvan version. The new model was previewed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be put into production as the Golf Plus in the middle of next year.

When compared to a base Golf VII , the new Sportsvan was built on a wheelbase increased by 48 mm (1.88 inches), plus it is also 126 mm (4.96 inches) taller and 8 mm (0.31 inches) wider. As a result, it features a more flexible and roomier interior. This larger interior gives the rear bench seat 180 mm (7.08 inches) of fore and aft adjustment, and over 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet) of cargo capacity.

Under the hood, the Sportvan is equipped with the same six engines offered by the standard Golf, with power ranging from 85 to 150 horsepower.

When the production version arrives on the market, it will come with XDS+, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, seven airbags, the new electronic parking brake, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen Golf.

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Volkswagen released the original Golf back in 1974, and shortly after, it became one of the most appreciated models in the world. As proof to its worldwide love, there have been over 30 million units sold worldwide, so there should be no surprise that Volkswagen is trying to attract even more buyers.

VW unveiled the all-electric e-golf at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and it will hit the market in the spring of 2014. The model looks like a regular Golf , but it adds a particularly innovative overall technological system, improved aerodynamics and optimal rolling resistance. Also, as a first for any Volkswagen model, the new e-golf is equipped with full-LED headlights.

Along with a very efficient electric motor that ensures a driving range of up to 118 miles, the new e-golf features impressive technology, like regenerative braking and a "Discover Pro" system with a series of new functions.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen e-Golf.


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