The Golf GTI gets some sporty styling enhancements, a huge power boost and a special interior.
Manhart has a reputation for making some of Germany's finest cars even better. Recently, the tuner spiced up the BMW M2 CS and cranked the M3 and M4 up to 611 horsepower. Now, the outfit has upgraded the Volkswagen Golf GTI with some sporty visual enhancements and a massive power boost to create the ultimate hot hatchback: meet the Manhart Golf GTI 290.
To set it apart from the standard Golf GTI, Manhart has fitted an aggressive rear diffuser and added H&R springs that lower the ride height by 1.57 inches. The custom Golf GTI also rides on special 19-inch multi-spoke rims.
While we're used to Manhart's creations being decorated with gold stripes, the tuner has added some subtle red along the side matching the standard GTI's signature front stripes.
The stock Golf GTI's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder usually generates 245 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. But using its in-house MHtronik module, Manhart has increased the output to 290 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque, which is entering Golf R territory. For reference, the Golf R only has 25 extra horses under the hood with an output of 315 hp but way less torque at 310 lb-ft.
Manhart hasn't released any acceleration times, but the Golf GTI's extra grunt should make it faster than the standard car, which will hit 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds when equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
We've come to expect these cosmetic and performance modifications from Manhart, but the tuner has added something unusual inside the cabin: a swanky starry sky headliner with LED lights that illuminate the interior. No prizes for guessing where they got this idea from because it's clearly inspired by the starry sky headliners inside a Rolls-Royce. No pricing information is available, but these modifications will inevitably bump up the price of the base Golf GTI, which starts at $28,695.