Simple but effective.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a true icon that has evolved beautifully over its eight generations. It's quick, good-looking, and remarkably capable, but even though Wolfsburg has spent 45 years perfecting its recipe, there is always room for improvement. Late last year, we reported on a new bolt-on body kit from Maxton Design, and although it looks great, there's another tuner that has a richer history of enhancing Volkswagens and Audis - Oettinger. The company had already released a kit for the car as early as August last year, but now it has had more time to play with the new GTI and has come up with what you see here.
The kit is very subtle and consists of a new front lip, roof spoiler, and rear diffuser. According to Oettinger, the front spoiler "is designed to reduce lift", while the rear diffuser and roof spoiler are simply aesthetic enhancements meant to evoke the look of Clubsport GTI models. The overall look is complemented by twin-spoke 19-inch wheels from the Volkswagen Accessories range in Red Edition Finish on the driver's side and Gloss Black on the passenger side. These look right at home thanks to lowering springs made by H&R. It's a very cool, OEM+ look that will surely be replicated by many other tuners as this car starts gaining momentum.
If you don't like the look of the gloss black body parts, Oettinger can paint them to match your car too. And if you don't like anything about it, Oettinger says that "the aerodynamic program for the Golf 8 derivatives will be successively expanded." This is certainly referencing Golf R, but we might see upgrades for the lesser, non-performance models of the Golf that Volkswagen sells in other parts of the world. At this time, pricing and availability of the GTI's upgrades have not yet been made available. Whatever they cost, they're worth it - Oettinger parts can be ordered directly via Volkswagen.