Abt Sportsline joined the ranks of the number of tuning houses who made their presences felt at the Geneva Motor Show with their new offering: a tuning package for the new Volkswagen Golf R.

And as with most of Abt Sportsline’s works-of-art, the tuned up Volkswagen Golf sure does live up to that ’R’ (racing) label attached to it after the tuner spiked up the Golf’s engine to deliver 310 horsepower with a 0-60 sprint time in 5.2 seconds. The Golf R’s top speed was also raised to 162 mph.

Overall, Abt Sportsline’s tuning package for the Golf R comes with a new front skirt, daytime running lights, front lip spoiler and a choice between 18-inch or 19-inch wheels.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

When ABT Sportsline deals with the VW Golf, the result is traditionally a compact super sports car. This is because the world’s largest tuner of vehicles from the Volkswagen group has given all generations of the successful Wolfsburg car an optical and technical boost. The current super Golf answers to the letter R, which announces the most important characteristics of the car: the "R" stands for "racing" - it transports the experience of ABT, which has recently defended its DTM title and won the ADAC GT Masters. Instead of the series-standard 270HP (199 kW) the engine now offers a dynamic 310HP (228 kW). With a high-speed of 261 km/h the ABT R20 is especially fast - and it is also capable of quick acceleration: it sprints from a standstill to a speed of 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.

Volkswagen Golf R by Abt Sportsline High Resolution Interior
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“The compact car is really good fun, particularly on corners”, states Hans-Juergen Abt. For the General Manager of ABT Sportsline each Golf is a challenge which he and his team are happy to confront: “VW gave the Golf dynamism when it was in the cradle - it defines sportiness in its class. And the Golf R is the champion of fast Golfs.” Optically, some interesting details provide the vehicle with a particularly self-confident appearance: the ABT Daytime running lights, front apron and front lip make the Bavarian car seem even more powerful and perfectly harmonise with the new CR alloy. The especially light design wheel looks exceptional on the ABT Golf R, particularly in 19 inch. Fitting high-performance tyres are, of course, also available, meaning that nothing stands in the way of the especially agile shape of the Golf sport. The newcomer to the Golf family is, of course, absolutely suitable for everyday driving and is good-natured and not touchy in heavy traffic. But look out when it let’s loose...

Volkswagen Golf R by Abt Sportsline High Resolution Exterior
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The new ABT Golf R – data and facts


  • Engine: 2.0 TSI, 1984 ccm capacity
  • Performance tuning: ABT Power
  • Performance: 310 HP/228 kW (standard: 199 HP/270 kW)

Tuning Package

  • ABT front skirt
  • ABT daytime running light
  • ABT front lip spoiler
  • ABT BR wheel in 18 and 19 inches
  • ABT CR wheel in 18 and 19 inches
  • Available also as complete set of wheels with sports tyres


Volkswagen Golf R by Abt Sportsline High Resolution Exterior
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What do you think?
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  (580) posted on 02.3.2012

How am I going to express it? Well, let’s put it up this way. The exterior projects its sporty appearance while the interior of this was casual and formal. Let’s say that it was a bit stylish in the inside. The wheels are cool with the star-shaped fays of it, then the outer lining of the wheels was painted in red, which gives luminescence. 

  (600) posted on 10.5.2011

Extraordinary and surely a strange car concept. And as of its interior details, it is more of compact profile and a true super sports car.

  (274) posted on 05.10.2011

I will go for Audi but this one is my second choice. I know how am sure about the competition between the car manufacturers but at least I have decided to give options to choose which one s the best for me.

  (858) posted on 09.23.2010

I like some of the ABT stuff for VW/Audi but am going to have to pass on this.

  (648) posted on 08.4.2010

Sounds good, but aren’t they say anything about the prices ?

  (329) posted on 03.29.2010

I love how ABT Sportline customized this car. How they make this golf from ordinary HB car into a sporty/racing car.

  (461) posted on 03.28.2010

No word on what the MPG figures are, but you know it would be fun to run on bio-D, and have the last laugh on a Prius driver or two.

  (555) posted on 03.23.2010

Volkswagen really have this unique quality that only that brand is capable of releasing.

  (939) posted on 03.22.2010

Tons of add-on performance for sure it’s a good performer.

  (325) posted on 03.11.2010

Now that is a great tuned Gold. I love on how simple the interior looks and how comfy the chairs look. Although the dashboard can be a little plain the additional red on the steering makes it a little bit more racey. I love how the wheels just touches the ground and makes everything work.

  (808) posted on 03.7.2010

One way or another the car is fantastic. I’m a big fan of volks since I was a kid. Though it’s not that powerful I think it’ll match the overall quality.

  (815) posted on 03.7.2010

Another Lovely custom car from ABT, well I’d like to send my speed 3 to ABT and see what they can do on it.

  (1333) posted on 03.4.2010

310hp well I think it’s very reasonable and acceptable for a v4.

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