German tuning house HG Motorsport have just announced that they’ve taken the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI through the 300bhp barrier. With a three stage kit they’ve lifted the Performance Pack equipped GTI from 227HP and 350Nm to a whopping 302PS and 444Nm.
When HG Motorsport first strapped the GTI to their dyno the results were susprising, because in stock form the GTI actually recorded 239HP and and 359NM, significantly up on Volkswagen’s quoted figures.
It all starts off at Stage 1, which uses a carbon air intake, Bull-X sports exhaust and HF Series intercooler to liberate 263HP and 376Nm from the turbocharged 2.0-litre.
Moving on to Stage 2, HG then remap the GTI’s ECU. The result is 289HP and 405Nm.
The final stage requires more serious optimisation of the ECU to squeeze the last few drops from the GTI’s powerplant. Sadly there aren’t any performance figures but it’s safe to say you’d notice the difference, even at just Stage 1.