By employing the high-tech control unit ABT Engine Control (AEC), performance is boosted from 290 hp (213 kW) to a hefty 340 hp (250 kW). Equally impressive is the 50 Nm torque increase which means it now delivers 430 Nm. The increased engine power is also reflected in the even better driving performance: From a standing start, maximum road speed is now reached in 5.4 rather than 5.6 seconds and the new top speed is 164.6 mph.
If you dare to venture onto the racetrack, you will be impressed by the lateral dynamics of the most powerful GTI. Roadholding is improved by ABT suspension springs as well as ABT coilover sports suspension. The finishing touch is provided by the ABT sports anti-roll bar which can be combined with the standard suspension to reliably remove any roll-risk.
Customers of the world's largest tuner of VW and Audi vehicles can stand out from the crowd visually, and not merely due to a discreet lowering. A wide range of alloy wheels is available from ABT Sportsline. Particularly eye-catching is the ABT GR in glossy black with a diamond-machined rim (as on the pictured vehicle). Their 20-inch diameter makes them an attractive alternative to the corresponding factory options.