U.K. tuner APS takes VW's 2.0 liter, turbocharged engine to 250 bhp and 395 Nm of torque.

Brit tuner APS has a power boosting upgrade for the Golf GTI that will take the iconic hot-hatch up to 250 hp.

APS, based in Brackley, Northamptonshire in the U.K., calls the performance boost Stage One, perhaps hinting at higher power levels to come. The standard VW Golf GTI's 2.0 liter, turbocharged engine comes with 207 bhp (211 hp) and 207 lb-ft of torque (280 Nm). APS takes those number up to 250 bhp, at 5800 rpm, and 292 lb-ft (395 Nm) at 2650 rpm.

That makes the Stage One GTI go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.2 seconds, a substantial 0.7 seconds quicker than the factory version. Top speed also get a bump up to 155 mph (250 km/h) from the production 149 (240 km/h).

The price for APS's Stage One electronic control unit tuning is £599 (€656), including VAT. APS guarantee's the work for the full length of the factory warranty.


Gallery: Volkswagen Golf GTI Treated with 250bhp