History of the Volkswagen GTI
The Volkswagen Golf was a compact family car introduced in 1974. It sold well. It was practical. But, it left a lot to be desired for anyone that valued a car for more than just an A to B machine. Enter the GTI variant of the Golf.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI founded the hot hatch segment back in 1975. When it debuted, it was the fastest VW ever made! Putting down 110 horsepower back in the mid-70s was pretty impressive. Even more so in such a lightweight package.
The MK6 GTI wasn’t much more than a facelift from the MK5. But, the MK5 was a generation that really redeemed what the GTI set out to be in the first place; THE hot hatch. The MK6 came equipped with a 2.0l turbocharged engine and 6-speed transmission. Also optional was Volkswagen’s silky smooth and lightning quick DSG transmission. Throw it all together on a stiff chassis, add a four-link rear suspension, and it all combines to make the GTI once again the new benchmark for the hot hatch segment. The benchmark rises even further with a few bolt-on MK6 GTI performance parts.
The MK7 introduced the all new MQB platform for the largest automaker in the world. MQB stands for Modularer Querbaukasten which roughly translates to modular transverse matrix. This new platform granted Volkswagen the ability to create components shareable over several different vehicles. With so much overlap, there has never been a better selection of aftermarket MK7 GTI performance parts. Like the previous generation MK6, the MK7 GTI also sports a 2.0L turbo with choice of manual 6-speed or dual-clutch (DSG) automatic transmission. Both systems are ripe for tuning with the COBB Accessport.
The GTI has won nearly every automotive accolade available. In 2015, it won Motor Trend’s Car of The Year Award. Now in its soon to be 8th generation, the Volkswagen GTI has been the gold standard for hot hatches. It created an entire segment in the auto industry; an affordable performance-oriented vehicle. Without the GTI paving the way, many of our favorite cars may have never been made.
Why Choose COBB for Your GTI
The GTI had been a popular tuner car long before COBB began support with the MK6. The fact there wasn’t an easy, at-home tuning solution for the GTI was a motivating factor for COBB’s involvement. With the COBB Accessport, you’re able to tune your GTI anywhere, and change maps as you continue down the upgrade path, all without any shop visits or additional fees.
From the beginning with the MK6 to now supporting the MK7 and 7.5, and also DSG tuning, COBB offers a complete tuning solution and hard part upgrades for your modern GTI.
COBB Tuning approaches design by taking the entire vehicle-platform into account as a complete system. Our ultra-high-quality products and services are professionally engineered, thoroughly tested and backed by industry-leading customer service to ensure that they meet our objectives and exceed customer expectations.
We are a one-stop firm with an enviable set of qualified skills and the exceptional ability to design, engineer, manufacture, test and service our own products under one roof. Whether it’s our state-of-the-art Accessport ECU programmer, our exceptional bolt-on performance products, COBB Tuning has the experience, skill, and attitude to meet your Volkswagen’s specific needs.
Volkswagen GTI Stage Packages
Our engineers rigorously test Hard Parts to find the right order and combination for the best incremental power gains. Maps are created and tested to tune the ECU so that it supports and takes advantage of each part. With these results, COBB is able to create the Upgrade Path of Staged Packages that have all the necessary parts to upgrade your GTI. You can start with Stage 1 or immediately get everything and go straight to Stage 3! Learn more about The COBB Way.
Volkswagen GTI Accessport
Looking for Volkswagen GTI aftermarket performance parts? It all starts with the Accessport! The Accessport is the world’s best selling, most flexible ECU upgrade solution for your GTI. Simply plug this device into your car’s OBD port and you have the capability to reflash the ECU to enjoy power gains, custom features, and other improvements immediately! All of the off the shelf maps are included at no additional cost and free updates are simplified with Accessport Manager. It’s the last engine management solution you’ll ever need!
Volkswagen GTI Intake
Replacing the factory intake and airbox with the COBB SF Intake System will greatly reduce pre-turbo restrictions. When a restriction is removed, it allows the engine to be more efficient while also enabling it to make more overall power! The higher flowing intake also makes turbo and bypass valve noises more audible.
Volkswagen GTI Exhaust
COBB Tuning has the ultimate exhaust upgrades for your MK6, MK7, or MK7.5 Volkswagen GTI. Whether you want only the cat-back for improved aesthetics and sound or the full turboback for ALL the performance, COBB has you covered.
Volkswagen GTI Intercooler
A COBB upgraded intercooler is a direct bolt on utilizing your stock mounting points with purpose built aluminum cast end tanks. This intercooler has more volume than stock and is the ultimate choice to keep your “Hot Hatch” cool!