Oettinger beefs up the Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTD and hardcore R image

The performance of the Golf series is undisputed, ever since the first GTI was presented way back in 1974 – but of course there’s always room for improvements.

This is where aftermarket specialist Oettinger comes into play – essentially working up a dose of steroids on the GTI, GTD and R athletes. The tuner is a serious specialist when it comes to the Volkswagen brand models and has numerous upgrade packages tailored to a large number of models from the group, including the high performance Golfs. For the latter the specialist has devised a new body kit – which can be fitted to the GTI or the diesel-enabled GTD. In addition, the all wheel drive hardcore R version can also get the new “suit” – and best of all these kits are available at VW retailers. Oettinger is an adept of less is more, so the changes are on the subtle level – for example the new front spoiler gets a special splitter. The tuner also says all elements have been developed to also enhance aerodynamics.

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In addition, the full body kit has been tested and optimized in the wind tunnel to ensure VW’s official approval. The design is completed with muscular side skirts and a little more work done at the rear where the GTI and GTD display quad exhaust tips and a new diffuser. The R also gets its own bespoke exhaust system with a new muffler and also valve control – while the styling is completed with a new roof-mounted rear spoiler featuring open flaps. The kits are also available in England, where they cost £3,995 for the Golf GTI & GTD and £5,225 for the Golf R compatible.