Volkswagen Golf R buyers are now being offered the chance to upgrade the wheels, brakes, and downforce of their car with a new Performance Pack, as well as an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system.
The pack, available with three and five-door hatch models as well as the estate variant, has been developed to enhance the 306bhp Golf R’s track pace and boost consistency. The exhaust is only available on the hatchback.
The brake upgrade reduces the car’s unsprung mass by 2kg, thanks to the use of aluminium holders, and offers stronger bite with pads that are more resilient to heat. Cars with the upgrade get silver calipers bearing the R logo.
The Performance Pack exhaust is a titanium system that has been developed by renowned specialist Akrapovič. It weighs 7kg less than the standard system and is less restrictive to gas flow, creating its own, more racey tone.
The Golf R Performance Pack also adds a rear roof spoiler lip to the hatchback, which provides an additional 20kg of downforce.
The pack brings no changes to the R’s turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, which produces 280lb ft of torque and is capable of accelerating the four-wheel-drive car from 0-62mph in 5.1sec in manual form and 4.6sec with the optional DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Top speed has been derestricted from 155mph though. It now stands at 166mph for the hatchback, and 168mph for the estate.
Pricing for the Performance Pack stands at £2300, while Volkswagen charges an extra £2975 for the Akrapovič titanium exhaust system. For reference, the Golf R starts from £32,710, and the estate costs from £35,700.