New Performance Pack makes VW Golf R better-suited to track duties

By Simon Davis

Volkswagen’s ballistic Golf R is now available with even more shove, thanks to the availability of the new Performance Pack.

The £2,300 upgrade package is available on both hatchback and estate versions of the Golf R that have been specified with VW’s seven-speed DSG gearbox.


Enhancements include an improved R-Performance brake system, which saves 2kg over the standard brakes, while the regular Golf R’s 155mph top speed has also been derestricted – meaning the hatch can now hit 166mph, while the estate maxes out at 168mph.

Also included are new 19-inch “Spielberg” alloy wheels, while the hatchback model also gains a new rear spoiler lip that increases downforce by 20kg.


Being introduced alongside the new Performance Pack is an optional titanium sports exhaust package from Akrapovic. This is available on both manual and automatic versions of the Golf R, and is priced at £2,975.

With the Akrapovic exhaust system fitted, the Golf R gains round tailpipes as opposed to the standard oval ones. The valve control system is also adjusted to change as the driver switches between the car’s four driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Race.


Equipped with the Performance Pack, the Golf R hatchback is priced from £36,295, while the hatchback rises to £38,000.

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