LIT­TLE MK8 VW GOLF GTI TECHY THINGS

Motor (Australia) - - FRONT END | PACE NOTES -

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.

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