BBM Motorsport’s Golf GTI V Club Sport tune entails a series of upgrades starting with the 2.0-liter TSI engine that benefits, among other things, from a new turbocharger, a big double-DIN charge air cooler and a custom exhaust system to lift output from 197hp (200PS) and 280Nm to 331hp (336PS) and 460Nm respectively.
The tuner quotes a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 275km/h (171mph).
The Club Sport package also brings a KW Club Sport coilover suspension with adjustable strut bearings along with Stoptech brake system with new discs in the size of 355 x 32 mm and 4-piston calipers, while the GTI rides on 18-inch lightweight TEC-rims by ASA wrapped around in semi-slick tires size 225/40-18.
The car’s exterior is covered in a matte-teal foil wrap while inside, the rear seat bench was eliminated and replaced with a race-spec roll cage, while up front, is a pair of racing bucket seats.
According to BBM Motorsport, Friedrich’s GTI tips the scales at 1,275kg or 2,811 pounds.
The complete transformation costs €19,500 (equal to US$25,215), excluding installation.
There’s no denying that the crimes committed during World War II (WWII) by Nazi Germany are among the darkest pages of mankind’s history.
It’s also no secret that Germany’s industries were providing its army with airplanes, tanks, vehicles and ammunition, and that the use of forced labor in the plants was a common practice.
Even though war ended in 1945 and the world has become a very different place now, with Germany being an ally of its former enemies, history occasionally comes back to haunt the modern Germans’ descendants.
To commemorate the Touareg’s 10th anniversary, the German carmaker has prepared a limited edition version of the second-generation model, appropriately named “X” (the Roman symbol for 10), which sports a number of special features.
On the outside, the new Touareg Edition X is finished in a ‘Moonlight Blue Pearl Effect’ hue and rolls on 19-inch ‘Moab’ alloy wheels. Other standard elements include a large panoramic sunroof, silver anodized roof rails, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and darkened LED rear light clusters.Inside, Volkswagen dressed the special edition model’s cabin in amber brown Nappa leather trim with a new style of braid embossed finish, while adding decorative inlays in real ebony for doors and instrument panel, plus illuminated front door sills with ‘Touareg X’ letters.
In Europe, the Touareg Edition X is offered with a choice of five engine and transmission combinations, including a hybrid version, with prices in Germany starting at €61,025 for the V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology (201Hp / 204PS) with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
In the States, the new Beetle Convertible will arrive towards the end of the year offering customers three engine options starting with a base 2.5-liter gasoline unit delivering 170hp and 177 lb-ft linked to a six-speed auto, and continuing with a 140hp and 236 lb-ft 2.0-liter diesel that returns 41mpg with the standard 6sp manual (a DSG is offered optionally).
The fastest model of the range is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI gasoline engine rated at 200Hp and 207 lb-ft, which can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.
U.S. prices will be announced closer to launch.
In Europe, buyers get a wider choice of seven engines. The entry-level petrol is the 104hp (105PS) 1.2-liter TSI, while next up is the same unit equipped with VW’s fuel-saving BlueMotion Technology package.
The other gasoline engines are the 158hp (160PS) 1.4-liter TSI and the 197hp (200PS) 2.0-liter TSI, while diesel options include the 103Hp (105PS) 1.6-liter TDI and the 138Hp (140PS) 2.0-liter TDI.
In Germany, buyers can order the new Beetle Convertible from November with prices starting at €21,350 (US$27,600 at today’s rates).
The new Tiguan R-Line is based on the SE trim grade. On the outside, it adds features such as bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, painted in Sterling Silver with black wheel arch extensions, unique front and rear ‘R’ design bumpers and rear spoiler, an R-Line badge on the front grille and aluminium front door sills with R-Line logo.
Inside, the “R” theme continues with front sport seats and two-tone upholstery, R-Line logo on the front head restraints, a leather multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inlay and R-Line logo and stainless steel pedals.
In the UK, the R-Line is available with the Tiguan’s three most powerful engines, including the 207bhp (210PS) 2.0-litre TSI with 4MOTION and the 2.0-litre common rail TDI engine with either 138bhp (140PS) or 168bhp (170PS) and 4MOTION.
On the road prices begin at £28,020 for the R-Line 2.0-liter TDI with the petrol model costing £28,435.
The new Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 1,562 km (971 miles). VW says that given an average annual driving distance of 15,000 km (9,300 miles), most drivers will only have to refuel ten times per year.
Besides being lighter than its predecessors – as is the case for all Golf Mk7s, the latest Golf BlueMotion also gets a new 1.6-litre TDIdiesel engineproducing an output of 109Hp (81kW / 110PS) and a peak torque of 250Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1,500 rpm, allowing for a respectable top speed of 202km/h (126mph).
To improve the car’s fuel economy, the BlueMotion model adopts several features such as “super low rolling resistance tires” with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios for the 5-speed manual gearbox, a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode.
According to the German carmaker, these measures take the Golf BlueMotion to a cD value of 0.27.
For the first time in the model’s (short) history, the Golf BlueMotion will be offered in two grades instead of a single trim level, as either a Trendline or Comfortline.
The Cross Caddy is based on the Caddy Edition 30 (introduced last year) adding the usual bits and pieces for a more robust crossover look. That said, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Cross Caddy is more of an exercise in style over substance than anything else.
Other features include the tinted windows, silver roof rails and newly designed 17-inch wheels wrapped in 205 / 50 R 17 tires, while VW offers eight colors for the exterior including a new ‘Viper Green’ shade that is familiar from the Scirocco.
The Cross version is available as a five -or seven- seater with short wheelbase and the full range of Caddy engines including TSI, TDI, natural gas and LPG engines ranging in power from 85HP (86PS) to 168HP (170PS), plus versions with DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive.
The exterior package available as a standalone item that can be combined with any of the twelve available Beetle colors, while the interior package is offered only as an extension of the R-Line exterior details.
The exterior R-Line package spices up the looks of the Beetle with independent black grained air inlets and chrome surrounds for the directional indicators on the front bumper, a rear diffuser, unique body side panels, colored door mirror housings, ‘R-Line’ logos on the front fenders, and 18-inch wheels.
As an option, VW offers machine-polished 19-inch “Tornado” style rims in black or white shod in even wider 235/40 performance tires.
In Germany, the Beetle Sport is available with two petrol engines, a 1.4 TSI (158HP / 160PS) or a 2.0 TSI (197HP / 200PS) and a 2.0 TDI diesel (138HP / 140PS).
The R-Line exterior package is priced at €1,290 (US$1,665), and when the interior package is included the price starts at €1,675 (US$2,160).
Volkswagen didn’t say if and when it will offer the R-Line packages in markets outside of Europe.