VW gives Golf a power boost

2015-04-29 14:10

VOLKSWAGEN expands its best-selling Golf GTI range with the addition of a new Performance Pack.

The Golf GTI Performance Pack improves power output from the two- litre turbocharged petrol (TSI) by 7 kW to 169 kW (162 kW in standard GTI guise) though torque remains at 350 Nm.

It’s top speed is rated at 248 km/h and equipped with the performance pack it reaches 100 km/h in 6,4 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 6,4 litres/100 km with emissions of 149 g/km.

Enhanced handling, performance

The Golf GTI Performance Pack is only offered with DSG transmission and adds Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and an electronic front differential lock.

The DCC system offers three driving modes: comfort, normal and sport. In sport mode, damping is increased (which reduces movements of the body structure) and engine response and shift points of the DSG are configured to be even more dynamic.

“A newly-engineered electronic front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance Pack,” VW states.

“Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance Pack offers advantages such as a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to the ESC, EDS and XDS+ functions.”

Style tweaks

The Performance Pack adds a red GTI logo at the rear, on its front brake callipers and larger, ventilated brake discs (340 mm front, 310 mm rear).

The Golf GTI Performance Pack can be customised with a number of optional extras including xenons, Discover Pro Radio with satnav and keyless access (keyless locking and engine starting).

The Golf range of performance derivatives, Golf GTI and Golf R, account for about 60% of the monthly sales of the seventh generation Golf in South Africa.

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Volkswagen’s new Polo GTI arrived in South Africa sporting design tweaks, a new engine and technology. At launch, the new petrol engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG with a manual transmission arriving later in 2015.


The 2.0 TSI Golf GTI Performance Pack 169 kW DSG – R447 800.

The Golf GTI Performance Pack comes standard with a five-year/90 000 km service plan, three-year/120 000 km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval are 15 000 km

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