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The sixth-generation Golf and GTI will soon arrive for 2010, and already, Abt Sportline – the largest Volkswagen tuner in the world – has released a variety of aftermarket parts for each. Starting with the new exterior, Abt adds a new front fascia and grill, side skirts, and rear fascia and spoiler. Wheel options come in 18- or 19-inch sizes, with or without sport rubber. Brakes can be upgraded to 345mm or 380mm sizes, and lowering springs can be fitted to provide a sportier ride and eliminate the VW's unsightly wheel gap.
Volkswagen has always left plenty of room for increased potential with its turbocharged engines, and Abt maximizes that with performance packages for the entire range. The GTI's 207-horsepower (197 here in the States) 2.0-liter turbo-four gets boosted to 240 horsepower, while the 2.0-liter diesel engine in the Golf TDI is pushed from 140 to 170 horsepower. The European-only 1.4-liter motor also gets a significant increase in performance, going from 122 to 160 horsepower. Full details on all of the available upgrades from Abt after the jump.
[Source: Abt Sportline]
That's what a winner looks like: since 1974 the VW Golf has dominated not just its vehicle class, but since then it has been Germany's favourite car almost every year – a success story, which ABT has also co-written. This is because for just over 35 years the Allgauers have looked after the "Golfs", from the very first one to the current new, sixth version of the long-time favourite. And as usual, ABT has once again had great success with it: with the tailor-made body-kit the designers from Kempten underline the fine character of the number one and give it an extra dose of sportiness. The front grill and spoiler, side skirts, rear spoiler and rear skirt make the ABT Golf VI seem dynamic and give it class. The components also suit the angled 4-pipe rear muffler and the AR and BR alloys perfectly. Anyone wanting the complete ABT look can also save money with the exclusive and complete exterior Package. This package also contains, in addition to the ABT AR or BR alloys, the ABT springs. For the new Golf the car tuner also offers a finely tuned ABT coil-over suspension system, the ABT braking system and the ABT sports braking system. These components guarantee you driving enjoyment and safety.
It is, of course, not just the "exterior values" that impress with the ABT Golf VI: the performance improvements offer sportiness, while at the same time are also completely modern. The magic word here is downsizing and it is extremely effective especially with the 1.4 TSI. The most powerful version of the unit offers an impressive 210 HP (154 kW) instead of 160 HP (118 kW). That corresponds to the power of the 2.0 TSI, which has a larger engine, and it provides similar sporty performance at considerably lower consumption and thereby lower emissions. The engine is also durable, reliable and suitable for everyday use, as these "internal values" are written into the specifications of every ABT engine. Even the "smaller" 1.4 TSI, which provides an impressive 160 HP (118 kW) on the road instead of 122 HP (90 kW), combines driving enjoyment with durability, as does the successful 2.0 TSI. With ABT the sporty two-litre car provides 240 HP/176 kW instead of 210 HP/154 kW. An economical alternative especially for regular drivers is the 2.0 TDI, which impresses at ABT with robust torque and 170 diesel horsepower (125 kW). The 30 extra-HP make themselves felt in the handling which is considerably more agile. The new ABT Golf VI is an all-round impressive vehicle, the best symbiosis of individuality, sporty aspirations and modern technology.
The new ABT Golf – Data and Facts:
Series: 1.4 TSI 122 HP/90 kW ABT Power: 160 HP /118 kW
Series: 1.4 TSI 160 HP /118 kW ABT Power: 210 HP /154 kW
Series: 2.0 TSI 210 HP /154 kW ABT Power: 240 HP /176 kW
Series: 2.0 TDI 140 HP /103 kW ABT Power: 170 HP /125 kW
ABT Front grill
ABT Front apron
ABT Rear apron attachment
ABT Rear spoiler
ABT SPORT WHEELS
ABT AR and BR; 18 and 19-inch; diamond turned or high-gloss polished.
Also available as a full wheelset with sports tyres.
ABT EXHAUST TECHNOLOGY
ABT 4-pipe exhaust
ABT springs, lowering of the vehicle's centre of gravity
ABT Thread sports chassis
ABT Braking system, brake disks 345 millimetres
ABT Sports braking system, brake disks 380 millimetres
ABT EXTERIOR PACKAGE
The package consists for example of: front grille, front skirt, side skirts, rear skirt, rear wing, suspension springs and the AR 18 wheel set with tyres 225/40 R18