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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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272kW supercharged Golf

2008-04-04 08:25
ABT, the Kempten based VW and Audi performance tuning specialists, have literally blown up the Golf R32.

To kill a classic?

Although the standard car has been criticised for being too expensive and slow in comparison to its heritage and capacious 3.2-litre V6 engine, ABT reckon they have found an apt compromise of sorts.

The standard 3.2-litre V6 engine, which produces 184kW, is left unchanged with regards to capacity. Additional power is garnered from forced induction and optimisation of the electronic engine management system.

Performance recipe: supercharge and stir

With an ABT supercharger kit in place, and a water cooled intercooler providing contingency temperature control, power has fairly skyrocketed to 272kW.

Driving through the unwittingly quick BorgWarner sourced 6-speed DSG gearbox, nearly two seconds have been taken off the 0-100km/h sprint.

ABT R32 dispatches the seminal hot hatch sprint in five seconds flat, powering on to an unrestricted top speed the wrong side of 270km/h.

Achingly pretty 19-inch BR mags enhance handling whilst the ABT adjustable sports suspension set-up ensures the epic reserves of power can be applied with at least a modicum of control.

The German company has been fiddling around with transport solutions for four generations, specialising in performance tuning since the 1950s.

No surprise then, to see ABT bringing to market what is undoubtedly the hottest hatch of the batch - so far.

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