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RGM juice-up GTI


WE SEE so many Polo GTIs and Golf GTIs on the road and there’s a very good reason for this. They are superb cars in most areas and they retain their value in the second-hand market.

But what about making your GTI stand out from the sea of other VW performance cars? Rob Green Motorsport (RGM) thinks it has the answer after experimenting with one of the company’s Polo GTI’s and turning it into something slightly more special.

The current GTI make use of a 1.4-litre turbo and supercharged engine for an output of 132kW. The little hot hatch is also equipped with the brilliant DSG gearbox for seamless changes. The goal RGM set for itself was to make the modifications easy to afford while allowing them to operate well with the vehicle’s mechanicals.

The objectives were to offer lots of bang for the buck, and to make sure the conversion interfaced seamlessly with the TSI supercharged/turbocharged powerplant, and work perfectly with the DSG gearbox, too.

The conversion is considered a Stage 1 tune which many tuner fans will know is an entry level tune aimed at slightly more power and fun. The Stage 1 includes an RGM Plug and Play tuneable chip, a 76mm stainless steel RGM-Techniflow exhaust downpipe and a K&N or BMC serviceable performance air filter.

The conversion is then set up on their dynamometer, to fine-tune the engine’s electronics via the Plug and Play device. This is a critical phase and allows the tuner to set an individual engine’s fuel and ignition delivery (on each cylinder) at multiple points in the engine’s rpm range.

The improvements are said to be a slash in the 0-100 km/h time from 7.7 to 6.8 seconds up at altitude and a figure of 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 235km/h at the coast.

The upgrade costs R11 500 including VAT and comes with a six-month/20 000km warranty. It’s applicable to all Polo GTIs fitted with the 1.4 TSi Twincharger engine. The conversion takes less than a day or, approximately eight hours.

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