Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Golf this year and tuner ABT has remembered it, saying “happy birthday” in a unique way.

ABT has decided to wish the Volkswagen Golf a “happy birthday” by telling us the first time it has modified the Golf GTI Mk1, back in 1982, one year before the launch of the second generation compact model. The tuning company has added a wide body kit and a performance package which has upgraded the total output of the 1.8 liter engine from 108 HP to 161 HP. This figure has been available thanks to the addition of the KKK exhaust gas turbocharger which was used on the Audi Quattro.

The power-to-weight ratio of the Golf GTI by ABT was boosted to 5.2 kg / hp and this was enough to allow it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.8 seconds. This basically made it just 0.3 seconds slower than the current Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7. Besides adding the bits and pieces mentioned above, ABT has also brought the autothermal pistons, special crankshaft, turbocharger and it modified the suspension system and added some steel made wheel spacers. The 13-inch alloy wheels were wrapped in 205/60 tires.


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