It figures that ABT would have a soft spot for the Golf; after all, it’s been building programs for compact sports car since 1976. With its latest project, called the "Last Edition,” ABT continues that tradition with an extensive aerodynamic and performance program.
The expressive look of the Golf GTI "Last Edition" manifests itself in the deep metallic black paint finish that blends perfectly with the red accents. Add that a slew of aero components and the Golf GTI transforms itself into a true pocket rocket. A new rear spoiler and rear skirt add-on, side skirts, a modified front grill and skirt, and a diagonal 4-pipe exhaust system all make up the aesthetic upgrades. Completing it is a redesigned front lip that combines with the front skirt and the ABT daytime running lights to extract a look of sporty aggression to the Golf GTI.
In terms of performance, the Golf GTI "Last Edition" was treated to a significant power bump courtesy of ABT’s optimized engine management, improving the Golf GTI’s output from 211 horsepower to 260 ponies. If that’s not enough, ABT is also offering their Power S turbocharger that takes the Golf GTI’s output to 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Obviously, an increase of just less than 100 horsepower in a petite 4-pot engine is likely well worth the price of admission – a price that we don’t yet know.
By reading the title, anybody will assume that this article is about an electric powered Volkswagen Golf VI, a daring project since VW itself hasn’t even made one. Sorry for those of you that were expecting a hot EV, but "Electrified" is simply referring to the questionable paintjob that Cam Shaft applied to this poor Golf R.
What is definitely worth looking forward to is what Cam Shaft has done under that orange-sherbet-colored hood. The standard Golf R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 267 horsepower and 350Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque, which is pretty powerful for a hatchback.
Apparently, Cam Shaft disagreed and decided to optimize the ECU software and add in an aftermarket downpipe to allow the turbo to spool quicker and the exhaust top flow more effectively. As a result, this Golf R now produces 325 horsepower and 430 Nm (317 pound-feet) of torque. That’s a nice 22-percent horsepower increase and 23-percent increase in torque – not too shabby for some software and a downpipe.
To wrap up the upgrades, Cam Shaft also fitted it with a Tarox F2000 braking system to help you reel in this beast, H&R professional suspension for better handling — if you decide to play in the twist — and a gorgeous set of OZ Ultraleggera wheels with orange accents to complement the electrifying paint-job.
We think this is a great package for any Golf R owner interested in squeezing more horses out of the little engine. Please, for the love of your poor Golf R, skip that paintjob, unless, of course, you’re auditioning for the next Fast and Furious movie. In that case, the paintjob will suit it just fine…
We have already seen the standard Volkswagen Golf VII and now Volkswagen is further expanding the lineup with the addition of the new generation Golf Variant. The station wagon version is enjoying a great success on the European market so is no wonder why the seventh generation brings significant updates.
When compared to the model it replaces, the new Golf Variant is about 105 kg (232 lbs) lighter, but in the same time it has grown in sizes and offers increased cargo area.
Also, as a first for the station wagon model, the seventh generation Golf Variant is being offered in an extremely fuel-efficient TDI BlueMotion version that delivers a combined fuel consumption of just 3.3 l/100 km (71.3 mpg). All the other engines and transmissions have been carried over from the hatchback version.
Updated 03/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Hit the jump to read more about the seventh generation Golf Variant.
Volkswagen Group’s favorite tuner, ABT Sportsline, has unveiled the ABT Golf VII that showcases their take on the hot hatch, which has performed wonders for the VW Group.
The Golf VII doesn’t bear witness to any ground-breaking modifications compared to it’s Audi sisters. The performance of the hatch has been uprated across the engine line-up. For instance, the small 1.2L TFSI engine that produces a meager 86bhp, now produces a respectable 105bhp. Customers who choose the 1.4L TFSI engine that produces 140bhp in its stock form, can be increased to 165bhp after ABT’s treatment.
Though the Golf is not a high-end vehicle, it still receives a cool exterior facelift with features a deeper front spoiler, a redesigned grille, and a custom side skirts, giving the car a strong stance. The four-pipe rear muffler at the rear is a typical ABT design element.
The car receives a new set of suspension springs, which lowers the car’s center of gravity and gives it better roadholding compared to the standard version. Last but not the least, the Golf is fitted with a gorgeous set of 19 inch matching designer rims that is a real treat for anyone with the gift of sight.
Overall, the Golf VII by ABT is definitely bound to turn heads and raise up the cool-factor, something a standard Golf doesn’t enjoy.
For their take on this Golf R, H&R Springs took the liberty of decking it out with a comprehensive program that really reflects on their capabilities as an aftermarket company.
It’s no secret that H&R Springs have the innate skill to not only complete a program like this, but to make it stand out from the rest of its peers. That was the mission with this program and they’ve certainly taken it to heart.
From the subtle exterior and interior improvements to the comprehensive chassis and suspension upgrades, H&R Springs really went out of their way to build a program for the Golf R that translates in any language, whether here in the US or over there in Europe.
Find out more about the H&R Springs’ program on the Volkswagen Golf R after the jump.
With the new generation Golf already on the market, Volkswagen is undoubtedly finishing up the execution of the rest of the model’s variants. We’ve already seen the GTI version get previewed by the concept car at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, so now it’s time to check out what the new convertible will look like.
The Volkswagen Golf Convertible will be among the latest variants to be added to the new generation Golf line-up. It will feature the same design elements launched with the standard Golf VII, but will retain the usual soft top seen in the previous generation Golf Cabriolet.
Under the hood, the convertible version will keep the same engine line-up as the hatchback version. This means customers will have the possibility to choose between four engines: two petrol - a 85 HP 1.2-liter TSI and a 140 HP 1.4-liter TSI - and two diesel - a 105 HP 1.6-liter unit and a 150 HP 2.0-liter unit.
Expect the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf Cabrio to be launched sometime in 2014.
We saw the first rendition of the Golf BlueMotion Concept about five years ago and it was impressive, boasting a 62.8 mph rating and emitting just 119 grams of CO2 per km. We then got a look at the second-gen model in 2009 with its 74.3 mpg and 99 g/km of CO2. Here we are at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and Volkswagen has the third generation BlueMotion Golf ready to show off.
Volkswagen really has something to prove in the mpg department, as it is one of only a handful of automakers available in the U.S. that has openly protested the new CAFÉ standards. VW has attempted to make it clear that its reasoning behind protecting the standards is not because it doesn’t want to build fuel-efficient vehicles, but rather because it feels the yearly improvement numbers are skewed to making it easier on American car and truck manufacturers.
Well, here stands a chance for VW to truly prove that it is all in on saving us money at the pump. So let’s have a look at what Vee-dub-ya has served up.
Click past the jump to read our review on the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept.
This year’s Paris Auto Show will feature the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, but we’ve long known what that will look like, so we’re eagerly waiting for its GTI version to be let out. Unfortunately, the Paris Auto Show will only bring us a concept version of the GTI, so we created rendering for the production version in an attempt to help us all get a better idea as to what it will look like. Let’s face it, the concept version always comes out looking stellar with a ton of technological goodies and the production model is always less appealing.
Rumors suggest that the production version Golf GTI will be powered by an updated version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver about 260 HP. With the extra 60 HP, the next GTI will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 153mph.
The official debut of the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI will be made at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
With the Paris Auto Show quickly approaching, we are awaiting the release of the GTI version of the Golf Mk VII. Unfortunately, VW has been pretty stingy with its information on the upcoming GTI trim, but the sneakiness that is the Internet, has picked up on some images and information on the upcoming Golf VII GTI Concept that is reportedly a near-production version.
We have already received just about all of the information available on the 2013 Golf Mk VII, but this sports edition is one that tuners everywhere seek out. The outgoing GTI is peppy enough, boasting a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that rips off a 0-to-60 sprint in just 7.3 seconds. While that’s no Ferrari, it is pretty sweet for a hatchback that gets 33 mpg on the highway.
With the performance and stylish appearance that the 2013 Golf VII GTI offers up, can VW really do anything to make this compact hatch even more desirable?
Click past the jump to read our full review on the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI to find out.
We’ve seen spy shots for the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R that range from completely camouflaged to almost entirely devoid of cammo, but we though it was high time to see the final product. Unfortunately, Volkswagen is just not ready to show it to us so we decided to take matters into our own hands by coming up with a rendering for the future Golf R.
The next generation Golf R will be distinguished by a different front bumper with larger air intakes, a pair of subtly flared side skirts, gloss black exterior mirrors, and new quad exhaust pipes, as well as a new set of wheels.
Under the hood, Volkswagen has placed a revised version of the current 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with an output that has been increased to a little more than the current 256 HP. The engine will be mated to a DSG or a 6-speed transmission, and power will run through a Haldex all-wheel-drive system.
Let us know in the comments section below what you think of our rendering for the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R.