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 VW Golf.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI founded the hot hatch segment back in 1975. When it debuted, it was the fastest VW turbo car 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 MK75 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 modification 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. Boost power, acceleration, and overall performance while still maintaining reliability.
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 or modifications for your modern GTI.
COBB Tuning approaches design by taking the entire vehicle-platform into account as a complete system for GTI enthusiasts. 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 and VW parts, COBB Tuning has the experience, skill, and attitude to meet your Volkswagen’s specific needs.
Our engineers, fueled by their passion as GTI enthusiasts, meticulously test GTI Hard Parts to uncover the optimal order and combination, resulting in remarkable incremental power gains. Additionally, they develop and validate maps to finely tune the ECU, ensuring seamless integration and optimized performance for every upgraded component. With these findings, COBB proudly curates the “Upgrade Path of Staged Packages”, providing GTI enthusiasts with a comprehensive selection of aftermarket parts necessary to elevate their GTI experience. Learn more about The COBB Way and unleash the full potential of your GTI today.
Volkswagen GTI Stage Packages
Our engineers rigorously test GTI 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 aftermarket parts to upgrade your GTI. 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 Volkswagen GTI in both stainless steel and titanium offerings! Upgrade both the look and the sound of your GTI to make sure you’re turning heads and getting that true enthusiast growl! We even offer additional tips to give you all the customization you could ever want!
Volkswagen GTI Intercooler
The AMS intercooler upgrade kit offers significant cooling improvements and is a direct bolt on utilizing your stock mounting points with purpose built aluminum cast end tanks. This intercooler has over 64% more core volume than its restrictive stock counterpart. The AMS intercooler is the ultimate choice to keep your “Hot Hatch” cool!