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ABT announces ‘Power S’ tune for the VW Golf R Mk7

ABT Sportsline has come up with a decent tuning package for the latest Volkswagen Golf R Mk7, bringing power levels into high-end sports car territory.

ABT Volkswagen Golf R Mk7

In standard form the Golf R is the highest performance model Volkswagen makes. It’s equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 206kW of power and 380Nm of torque.

With a unique engine computer tune by ABT, via a system called an ABT Power S control unit, the new generation program lifts output to a much more serious 294kW and 480Nm.

ABT hasn’t mentioned any performance figures in terms of acceleration, however, the standard Golf R is able to dash off from 0-100km/h in just 5.0 seconds. This is thanks to an all-wheel drive system and quick-changing dual-clutch auto transmission.

ABT Volkswagen Golf R Mk7-rear

To give the ABT package a special sound the company has developed a sports exhaust system with four 101mm outlets – around the size of a golf hole. The system incorporates a pre-silencer and axle-back unit.

If you want to go further than that there’s also a set of bespoke alloy wheels that ABT offers, with sizes ranging from 18 inches to 20 inches. These are available in ER-C, DR, and CR designs, and in various colours.

As for the exterior styling, there’s an ABT aerodynamic package which includes a front grille, headlight covers, side mirror covers, side skirts, and a revised rear diffuser.

The whole body can be brought down via a height-adjustable suspension kit capable of dropping the Golf 10-40mm at the front and 20-45mm at the rear.

Overall, it seems like a very comprehensive package and one that would be quite enjoyable to drive. PerformanceDrive will be bringing you a full review and video of the standard Golf R in the coming weeks.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • JJ

    Hi Brett,
    For the past few days I can enjoy my 2014 Golf 7 R with Abt “Power S” upgrade (engine alone -I left original suspension and end-exhaust) . It really feels like a different car: nicer (quieter) sound, lower fuel consumption while commuting and highway acceleration that makes you smile. Measurements made on the track show: 0-60km/h: 2.2s. 0-100km/h: 4.2s (four point two!), 0-200km/h: 14.8s. All of this really effortlessly. What do you think? 🙂 JJ

    • Fisty

      how much did you spend?

    • damian

      not a real review