LITTLE MK8 VW GOLF GTI TECHY THINGS
1. FRONT AXLE
Lifted from the Mk7 Clubsport
S (which is excellent news). Made of aluminium, it’s stiffer than a regular Mk7’s and 3kg lighter. “We reconfigured the wishbone bushings for higher precision and more precise steering feel, retuned the spring rates and the bump stops for better handling and modified the damper hydraulics,” says head of dynamics Karsten Schebsdat. Similar mods grace the rear axle, which introduces a new knuckle and new control-arm bushes, for more toe-in as forces build during cornering, increasing stability. 2. ELECTRONICS Revised electronic brakebooster tuning and progressive steering feed into the dynamic melting pot, the latter with a variable ratio that starts at a pacey 14:1, and becomes more direct the more lock you wind on, eventually speeding up to 9:1 or so – Schebsdat says there’s just 2.1 turns lock-to-lock, and that the software for the electric power assistance is all-new for better feel. 3. PERFORMANCE PACK NOW STANDARD Volkswagen essentially makes the previously optional Performance Pack standard: power now 180kW, and there’s also the electronically controlled locking front differential, more aggressive in Sport mode and working in tandem with brake torque vectoring.