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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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New Golf muscled up with 176kW

2009-01-29 08:11

For the past 35 years, German tuning specialists ABT zooped up the VW Golf, and now they got their hands on the latest generation Golf... And as usual, ABT has done an excellent “pimp” job on the Golf.

Naturally the ABT Golf gets a beefier body kit featuring sporty changes to the front grille and spoiler, side skirts, rear spoiler and rear skirt. There are also an angled 4-pipe rear muffler and stunning alloy wheels.

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.

It is, of course, not just the “exterior values” that impress with the ABT Golf VI: the performance improvements are sizzling! 

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 154 kW instead of 118 kW.

That corresponds to the power of the normal 2.0 TSI engine. So, the tuned 1.4 TSI gives similar sporty performance at considerably lower consumption and thereby lower emissions. Even the “smaller” 1.4 TSI, which provides an impressive 118 kW on the road instead of 90 kW.

However, the GTI’s 2.0 TSI unit now boasts 176 kW instead of 154 kW.

An economical alternative is the 2.0 TDI, which impresses at ABT with robust torque and 125 kW.

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