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VW Golf R is lighter and faster with new Performance Pack

Written by: Neil

Volkswagen’s Golf R is without doubt one of the most ferocious hot hatches on the market.

It was only refreshed at the start of the year, but VW clearly thinks there’s room for improvement because they’ve just introduced a new optional Performance Pack for the 305bhp beast.

Available for the seven-speed automatic DSG variants, the new Performance Pack is fitted during production and adds the ‘R-Performance’ brake system with silver-painted callipers, 19-inch ‘Spielberg’ alloy wheels (previously 18-inch ‘Cadiz’ rims) and lifts the top speed from 155mph to 166mph in the hatchback bodystyles and 168mph in the estate.

The hatchback version also receives a rear roof spoiler to add a handy 20kg of downforce; not bad for an extra £2,300 on the RRP.

In addition to the Performance Pack, Golf R hatchbacks can be fitted with a bespoke sports exhaust, developed by Slovenian exhaust specialist Akrapovič, for an extra £2,975.

This means the car boasts round tailpipes, rather than oval, while valve control technology results in a phenomenal exhaust sound, particularly at high revs and when shifting gear.

The exhaust package shaves 7kg from the car’s overall weight too, which only facilitates quicker getaways.

One thing neither of these new packages does is make the car any nippier. The Golf R’s two-litre turbo petrol engine remains untouched, with its 306bhp getting the car up to 62mph in 4.6 seconds.

A statement from Volkswagen reads: “Fitted with the Performance Pack and accompanying sports exhaust option, the Golf R becomes lighter and features sharper styling alongside that purposeful exhaust sound.”

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “We envy any driver that has this new fully weaponised Golf R at their disposal. It’s a mean piece of kit.”

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