VW and ABT meet in Switzerland, Golf R360S is born image

The German automaker and its aftermarket specialist and country mate ABT have joined forces to deliver a very special limited series Golf R, which has 360 hp under the hood.

The peeps over at VW seem to be looking with one eye towards electrification, so they are letting the crazies loose at the other end of the spectrum – the all-wheel-drive Golf R is coming out with less power under the hood than Nurburgring record holder for FWD cars – Golf GTI Clubsport S. But at least in Switzerland the records are being set straight, via the R360S, a special edition developed alongside tuner specialist ABT – but only for the Swiss market. This exclusive edition will be available as both a hatch and wagon, with the former being delivered in no more than 165 examples – whereas the more practical solution will be limited to 55 units.

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Of course the main interest is what lies under the hood – turbocharged 2.0-liter engine upgraded from the stock 300 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton-meters) to 360 hp (265 kW) and 340 lb-ft (460 Nm). Now the Golf R360S sprints to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.7 seconds and the top speed has been increased to 165 mph (265 kph). The model can be had with a classic six speed manual or seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Prices kick off from CHF 55,200 (about $57,000 / €50,600) for the five-door hatchback body style.