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VW Golf GTI Edition 35 by B&B

The German tuner B&B has come up with a three-stage tuning program for the anniversary edition of the VW Golf GTI. Let’s start with the basic one, the Stage I program that is available in two flavors: the first one lifts the power to 232 hp (235 PS / 173 kW) and 221 lb.-ft (300 Nm) while the other raises the output of the engine to 277 hp (280 PS / 206 kW) and a peak torque of 277 lb.-ft (375 Nm).

VW Golf GTI Edition 35 by B&B

The mid-range kit, Stage 2, will get you 321 hp (326 PS / 240 kW) and a peak torque of 332 lb.-ft (450 Nm) of torque. If you want the bad boy Stage 3, prepare to pay 8,950 Euros. In exchange, B&B will squeeze 357 hp (362 PS / 266 kW) and 376 lb.-ft (510 Nm) of torque from the engine, which should be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time in 4.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 173 mph (278 km/h). They increase the output by doing some serious modification to the power unit which includes adding a turbocharger.

VW Golf GTI Edition 35 by B&B

Aside from this extra oomph under the hood, the tuner also adds bigger brakes, a suspension lowering kit that brings the car closer to the ground by 30 mm, along with either 19- or 20-inch rims.

VW Golf GTI Edition 35 by B&B

Source: B&B via WCF

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Remember that crazy-tuned 1,032 HP Volkswagen Polo drag racer? Well it seems that sparked a new trend of taking older VWs and tuning the heck out of them to produce new levels of performance.

One such example is a 1997 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk 3), which now has a VR6 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, capable of a dizzying 800 HP.

In order to see what the new engine can do in the tiny hatchback, Dubsquared and T1 Race Development handed it over to driver Jeremy Freedman, which took it to the Texas Mile event. The result was a staggering top speed of 208.1 mph or 333 km/h.

Hit the jump to see the speed run, plus a pretty interesting way of getting yourself ready before such an event.

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Audi isn’t the only company set to bring multiple variants of its new models at the upcoming Worthersee Tour, held in Austria, as Volkswagen has also announced two special models, based on its popular Golf GTI.

The first is the result of a partnership between the company and German apparel giant Adidas. The Golf GTI Adidas (pictured above) boasts just cosmetic improvements like 18-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights, sports seats and, of course, Adidas-inspired trim. Only 4410 such models will be made available in Germany and a few other European coutries.

For those with a hunger for a more hardcore GTI, but not interested in the Golf R, the German carmaker prepared the Golf GTI Excessive concept. While power levels are the same, a more aggressive body kit, 19-inch wheels, a revised suspension plus upgraded brakes and exhaust systems were added.

Sadly the GTI Excessive is just a show car, for now. In the future the company might offer the parts used on the Excessive as options for the Golf GTI, but it’s not written in stone, as of yet.


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DirectLine Insurance group,a company based in the UK, recently celebrated 25 years of existence, so it decided to conduct a poll to find out what is the UK’s favorite car from the last quarter decade.

The result might surprise quite a few people, as it’s not a cult classic like the Audi Quattro or the DeLorean, but the recent Aston Martin DB9. It seems the British model captured the hearts of nearly 10% of voters, who believed it is “synonymous with James Bond,” even though the famous fictional spy never drove one.

Runner up was the Volkswagen Golf GTI, proving that hot hatches still rank up with the best of them, followed by the BMW-era Mini, who impressed Britons by keeping a retro feel while offering a great car for today’s market.

Another interesting statistic that was shown by the survey was that, in the 1980s, nearly 29% of British families owned a Ford model, with Vauxhall coming in second with 14%.

Agree with this survey? Share your thoughts below.


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For all you hot hatchback fans out there, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the best cars you can buy. Sure, there’s the new Golf R, which delivers more power, but what about those who have already bought the GTI but find that the car still isn’t fast enough for their needs?

Well luckily for them, tuning company Wimmer RS has revealed its tuning package for the GTI, taking it from its “humble” 211 HP (155 kW) stock performance figure to a dizzying 386 HP (284 kW) with a 455 Nm of torque.

To reach those new heights, the engineers fitted an optimized turbocharger and manifold, used a sports catalytic converter and also modified the ECU, fuel pump, piston rods, intercooler and the cat-back exhaust system. The increase in power also meant that the top speed is now 267 km/h (166 mph) from the stock 240 km/h (149 mph).

In terms of exterior design, customers can choose from a selection of 18, 19 and 20-inch wheels, with Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires.

Excessive? Yes, but I’m fairly certain some people will gladly pay any amount of money to get that power from their GTI.


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Sharing is caring in the Volkswagen group, as the company announced that the 2.0-liter TSI engine from the Golf GTI, which produces 210 HP and 280 (207 lb-ft) of torque will alo be made available on the Scirocco and Eos models.

The four-cylinder engine, for those of you who don’t know, will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional DSG dual-clutch one, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, for the Scirocco, and 7.8 for the heavier Eos. But you’ll also get better fuel economy with this new model, as it will do a combined cycle of 7.4 liters/100 km (31.8 mpg) in the Scirocco and even better on the Eos, at 7.2 liters/100 km (32.7 mpg).

Overall, this is definitely a great idea from Volkswagen, and will most certainly affect the sales of the GTI in favor of the Scirocco.


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Not content with the stock 211 HP that the Volkswagen Golf GTI offers, and also not happy with waiting for the upcoming Golf R to be available on the market, German tuning house MTM (Motoren Technik Mayer) has just revealed a new performance and visual kit for the sixth generation of the Golf GTI.

Through some heavy tinkering and engine upgrades, the team managed to get the new Golf GTI to performance levels equal to the future Golf R, meaning figures around 270 HP and a torque of 400 Nm. The new, electronically limited maximum speed is now 265 km/h, and, according to MTM, the upgrades have in no way reduced the life span of the GTI’s 2-liter engine.

Other modifications include a new Brembo braking system which have eight-piston calipers around 380 mm discs and a new set of MTM Bimoto 19-inch rims, wrapped in Continenatl XL Sportcont tires. Overall, if you are very fond of the GTI and want to increase its performance, then you should really consider this package.


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German tuner ABT Sportsline has announced its new performance upgrades for the Volkswagen Golf VI GTI, which includes new bodykit alongside with a series of engine and other mechanical upgrades. Under the hood, by using optimized engine management (ABT POWER) ABT has managed to squeeze 50 more hp from the engine, taking it from 210 hp (154 kW) up to 260 hp (191 kW). And that’s not all, because ABT also offers the ABT POWER S package, which includes a turbocharger and takes the Golf VI GTI up to 300 hp (221 kW). With the POWER S kit, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in around six seconds. To ensure a more sporty and safe driving, the German tuner also fitted the GTI with ABT chassis springs (the car’s center of gravity is lowered by 30 mm) and a powerful ABT braking system.

Another highlight of the package is the body kit, which makes the car’s look a lot more aggressive and also improves its aerodynamics. It includes new front apron, front lip, front grille and ABT daytime running lamps, new rear spoiler and rear apron and diagonal 4-pipe exhaust system. The final touch is given by the carbon steel grey metallic paintwork, which looks very, very good. Of course, ABT also offers a range of interior upgrades which further improve the car’s sporty feeling.

Full Photo Gallery: VW Golf VI GTI tuning by ABT


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Remember the VW Golf GTI W12 concept unveiled by the German carmaker two years ago at the Wörthersee Show? Unfortunately, this concept never got into production and few had the chance to drive this magnificent car (TopGear were among those few, of course). However, Dutch tuner Exclusive Tuning Worldwide decided to give a chance to all Golf V owners to be as close as they’ll ever be to owning a W12.

This bodykit, priced at €13,025 (around $17,000) features new front and rear bumpers, huge side skirts, revised hatch, new quad exhaust and 18 inch GTI wheels. Unfortunately, all this package features is the body kit, because the Dutch tuner didn’t came up with any engine upgrades to take a Golf V anywhere close to the 650 hp 6.0 liter W12 engine from the concept car. The package looks pretty good, we have to admit but, take it as a friendly advice, we would only choose it for a GTI, because I wouldn’t see a 75 hp 2.0 liter diesel looking like this.

So what do you think about the package? Because it might not be perfect, but we kinda like it.

Photo Gallery: VW Golf GTI W12 body kit by Exclusive Tuning


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Volkswagen has released a video promo for their new Golf VI GTI, in which we get to see some road action from their latest hot hatch. The GTI production will start next spring, with first deliveries expected in summer 2009, and the car will be available with a 207 hp 2.0 liter TSI engine that goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 148 mph (238 km/h). Enjoy the video!


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The Golf VI hasn’t even debuted yet and Volkswagen has allready announced that the Paris Motor Show will also mark the debut of the Golf VI GTI.

The new Golf GTI will be powered by the 2.0 liter four cylinder TSI engine from its ‘almost-twin’ brother, the Scirocco, which delivers 207 hp (10 hp more than the current generation). The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is made in 7.2 seconds, the top speed is 148 mph (238 km/h), the combined fuel consumption is 37.6 mpg, and CO2 emissions level is 178 g/km.

The exterior styling features the front red grille, new headlights with individual lamp pods, more subtle side skirts, smoked rear light lenses, new rear diffuser and a pair of chrome tailpipes, plus the distinctive GTI 18-inch wheels finished in milled silver with gloss black inserts. Of course, the interior also became more sporty.

According to VW, the GTI production will start in spring 2009 and UK sales are expected to start in early summer, with prices and specifications announced closer to this date. What I really don’t get is the purpose of this car? I mean, after releasing the Scirocco, why still keep the GTI? Only because it has a long history? They have the same engine, they look almost the same, doesn’t it mean that basically they’re the same car?

Check out more photos after the jump. (more…)

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