Golf GTI gains more Performance


Originally not earmarked for South Africa, Volkswagen has added the Performance Pack option for its iconic Golf GTI.

Although the styling has been left unchanged, sans for the 18-inch Austin alloy wheels and red GTI logo on the bootlid, most of the changes are under the skin with an increase in power, and the fitment of a front diff lock unavailable on the standard GTI.

Slotting in below the hard-core four-wheel drive Golf R, the GTI Performance makes use of the same 2.0 TSI engine as in the usual GTI, but with a seven kilowatt increase in power to make 169 kW with torque remaining unchanged at 350 N.m. A six-speed DSG is the sole transmission option available.

As its name suggest, the Performance will go from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 sec and top out at 248 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.4 L/100 km and emissions at 149 g/km.

Apart from the small gain in power, the Performance comes fitted as standard with Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control that allows the driver to change damper settings and throttle response with the option of three modes; Comfort, Normal and Sport, the latter also quickening-up gear changes.

Compared to the GTI’s XDS front diff, the Performance’s unit allows for the locking of the Electronic Stability Control to provide maximum traction without understeer or torque steer. What’s more, the system produces an effect similar to a Torque Vectoring that shifts engine power from side to side.

In another departure, the GTI Performance features bigger brake callipers and ventilated disc brakes measuring 340 mm at the front and 310 mm at the rear.

A three year / 120 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is included in the R447 800 asking price.


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