Golf R Performance Pack in the UK!

Golf R Performance Pack in the UK!”

Volkswagen has confirmed prices for a new Golf R Performance Pack in the United Kingdom, just in case you thought it had been a while since PH had discussed that fast VW. Focused on making the vehicle go faster, stop better and look more aggressive, the pack combines better brakes, bigger wheels, speed-limiter removal and - on the hatchback - a small rear spoiler.

The Performance Pack upgrade for the Golf R costs £2,300 and is available only on cars fitted with the DSG gearbox. This apparently results in "an incomparable exhaust sound, particularly at high revs and when shifting gear"; it is priced at £2,975 as a standalone option. Volkswagen's "R-Performance" brake system - which uses lighter calipers finished in silver - is claimed to help with wear and improve on-track performance. The brakes weigh 2kg less than the system on the standard auto and are more visible behind the larger, 19-inch "Spielberg" alloy wheels.

But the "Performance" tag is a bit of a misnomer, as the Golf R doesn't actually get any more power with the Performance Pack upgrade, although its limiter is removed so it can get to 166mph (or 168mph if you add it to the Golf R Estate).

What you may be more tempted by - and which is available for all new Golf R hatchback models - is the Akrapovic exhaust also announced today. The popular Slovenian exhaust manufacturer has developed a bespoke £2,975 unit for the Golf R Hatchback, featuring round tailpipes rather than the current oval shape, plus valve control technology that will be mapped to the car's driving modes for a flurry of pops and bangs. Specified as such, the R's price climbs from £33,995 as standard to just over £39,000.

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