ABT is showing what owners of the Golf Variant can do given the correct inspiration and persuasion. Exterior changes are accompanied by power increases of up to 154kW.

ABT has increased the pulses of all housewives by kitting up the Golf Variant in skirts seen only on the kind of ladies your family would raise their eyebrows for. ABT’s philosophy going into project Variant was as simple as this: why must a station wagon be boring?

These words ring true as you do a quick walkabout in the vicinity of the Variant where you notice kit like side skirts, rear wing, 19-inch wheels and stainless steel mufflers. Mufflers will do no harm at this juncture in order to verbalise that the engines have been upgraded to.

Firstly, the 1.4TSI is now up to 210 bhp/ 154kW, where the turbo diesel 1.9TDI makes either 85kW or 96kW. The 2.0-litre diesel gains substantially as well, going to 190 bhp/ 140kW.

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