The Golf performance trio gets a dose of steroids prescribed by Oettinger.
Oettinger has a great number of upgrade packages tailored to a variety of models from the Volkswagen Group, including for the hot Golfs. There’s now a brand new body kit for the GTI and its diesel equivalent, the Golf GTD. In addition, the German tuner has also created a similar upgrade for the all-paw R, and you can buy these kits directly from VW retailers.
We are big fans of Oettinger’s work because unlike some other tuners, they are able to resist the temptation of making too many changes to the original design. Case in point, the trio of performance Golfs only gets a subtle exterior makeover with a new front spoiler featuring a bespoke splitter. It’s more than just for boosting the hot hatch’s visual appeal since Oettinger mentions the new elements have a functional role and come to enhance aerodynamics. As a matter of fact, the entire body kit has been optimized in the wind tunnel to make sure it will receive the stamp of approval from VW.
A pair of beefy side skirts comes to accentuate the Golf’s aggressiveness without overdoing it. Bigger changes have occurred at the back where the Golf GTI and GTD are now rocking quad exhaust tips flanking a new diffuser. As for the grippy Golf R, it has also received a custom exhaust system with a new muffler to enhance soundtrack like on its FWD siblings, but in this case Oettinger will throw in valve control to sweeten the deal. As a final touch, there's a new roof-mounted rear spoiler featuring open flaps.
The kits are available in U.K. where VW and Oettinger are asking £3,995 for the package compatible with the Golf GTI & GTD and £5,225 for the one suitable for the Golf R.
As a final note, Oettinger has made some insane Golfs over the years, with a recent example being a 518-hp Golf R fitted with an upgraded five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine
Gallery: VW Golf GTI, GTD, R by Oettinger
VOLKSWAGEN PERFORMANCE GOLF: INDIVIDUAL STYLE WITH NEW OETTINGER BODY KIT
- Oettinger unveils body kits for Performance Golf models
- Includes exhaust and muffler for enhanced engine noise
- Kits are available to order now from £3,995 (RRP)
Volkswagen’s Performance Golf line-up includes the powerful GTD, the iconic GTI and the peerless R. This trio thrills and entertains drivers worldwide, and springs from Volkswagen’s engineering knowledge and driver-focused research and development.
The striking proportions of the Performance Golfs’ exterior design combines with the precision handling of the models to place this trio at the forefront of the Golf range. Now Oettinger is offering the option of adding individual style to the mix via a new body kit, which also comes with a revised silencer.
The stainless steel exhaust system is a quad set-up, which means the GTD gains exhaust tailpipes on the right of the car, while the GTI increases its number of tailpipes from two to four. The R, meanwhile, receives honed quad tailpipes. For all models, the exhaust tailpipe is 84 mm in diameter. In addition, the Oettinger muffler alters the exhaust note to produce an even more sporty sound. The R goes a step further, with the addition of valve control.
Complementing the quad exhaust system is a purposeful rear diffuser. This offers enhanced aerodynamic ability, and the styling of the diffuser aligns perfectly with the look of Oettinger’s side skirts. Above the diffuser is a new rear roof spoiler which incorporates open flaps and, thus, underlines the powerful appearance that the Oettinger body kit brings to the trio of potent Golfs.
At the front, the Oettinger kit adds a new spoiler and bespoke splitter. These elements guide air under the car effectively, and align perfectly with the carefully tuned aerodynamics of the Performance Golfs. The Oettinger body kit has been perfected in wind tunnels to make sure it reaches the highest quality levels demanded by Volkswagen.
Oettinger’s experience in working with Volkswagen stretches back more than 70 years, when Gerhard Oettinger took a Beetle into the world of rallying. Later, he upped the power of his Golf Mk I from 70 PS to 75 PS. When the Golf GTI Mk I was unveiled in 1976 Oettinger got to work again, this time with a focus on engine tuning. He continued to develop Volkswagen cars until his death in 1997. From its base in Friedrichsdorf, near Frankfurt, the Oettinger company continues with the same passion and dedication that its founder imparted into his projects.
The Oettinger body kit is available now at Volkswagen Retailers throughout the UK and costs £3,995 (RRP) for the GTD and GTI versions, and £5,225 (RRP) for the Golf R. This includes VAT, painting and fitting.
For more details on the Performance Golf range, together with brochures and pricing and to use Volkswagen’s online configurator, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.