Published on September 7th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
ABT Puts More Power in Yet Another Golf GTI
At the age of 40, many people discover gyms because they want to stay in shape. And the Golf GTI, always the fastest Golf, now turns 40 too, but has been in better shape from generation to generation. This especially applies to the ABT Golf GTI Clubsport, which has been upgraded from 265 hp to no less than 340 hp, with torque now at 430 Nm (production car: 350 Nm). This GTI makes fun to drive, both when cornering and when overtaking.
The Clubsport is the most powerful of four ABT POWER variants but they are all agile and active which were all developed by racing professionals.
For the ABT Golf GTI, and thus in part also for the Clubsport, the Bavarian enhancer has come up with a very powerful body package. The depicted car does not feature all the components, but they all become this “racing golf”.
The front spoiler and head light covers form an assertive unit, and the side skirts, mirror caps and the rear skirt set with its 4-pipe muffler system underscore the racy character of the ABT Golf GTI as well. An ideal extra are the ABT Sportsline alloy wheels, which are really weight-reduced and were specially developed for this ambitious use. Available are the CR, DR, ER-C and FR from 8.5 x 18 to 9.0 x 20’’. Of course, these elegant sport-type wheels are also available with the right high-performance tires.
To be able to really utilise the ABT Golf GTI Clubsport to its maximum, there is the ABT suspension springs or the ABT height adjustable suspension kit, which also feature top absorbers. And sport-type anti-roll bars for the front and rear axle much improve its handling, especially when nearing the limit. In order to keep this “über-Golf” in check, ABT Sportsline has installed a very precise sport braking system: on the front axle its 6-piston fixed callipers in 370 x 35 mm make for ideal deceleration.
And the chassis and braking system, the wheels and the aerodynamic parts are also available for the other Golf GTI variants. After all, at 290, 300 or 315 hp they certainly do not lack ABT POWER either, all having once paid a visit to the renowned ABT “gym”.