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Scorching new body kits for VW Golf

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German Volkswagen tuning company Oettinger has released a series of body kits for VW’s Performance Golf line-up.

The new kits are available on the Golf GTI, GTD and R models, and add an extra dash of sporting prowess to the hot hatchbacks’ appearances.

The new body kits also include a revised silencer. The stainless steel exhaust system features a quad layout, meaning the GTD gains exhaust tailpipes on the right-hand side of the car, while the GTI doubles its number of tailpipes from two to four. The Golf R, on the other hand, receives new honed quad tailpipes.

The new Oettinger muffler also means the Golfs will produce a sportier-sounding exhaust note, while the R gains valve control.

A staunch-looking rear diffuser, which is flush with the Oettinger side skirts, complements the new exhausts and improves the Golfs’ aerodynamics.

All of the Golfs gain a new spoiler on the roof, as well as a new front splitter and spoiler. The Oettinger body kit was perfected in wind tunnels to “make sure it reached the highest quality levels demanded by Volkswagen”.

The Oettinger body kit is now available from Volkswagen retailers around the UK. It costs £3,995 for the GTD and GTI versions, and £5,225 for the Golf R, including VAT, painting and fitting.

VW Golf GTI Clubsport S sells out within hours of going on sale

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UK buyers snatched up every one of the 150 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S models allocated to Britain within hours of the car going on sale earlier this week.

Sitting at the top of the Golf range, the 306bhp two-seater is the most powerful Golf GTI ever and has been lightened, allowing it to set a lap record of 7:49:21 at the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Just 400 examples will leave Volkswagen’s factory in Wolfsburg, in northern Germany, and the UK’s love of hot hatches saw 150 of those allocated to British buyers. All 150 were instantly snapped up by eager customers.

Each car costs £33,995, and comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a manual gearbox, which allows a 0-62mph sprint of 5.8 seconds and a 164mph top speed.

To help the Golf achieve these performance figures, VW has taken out a lot of weight. The rear seats have been removed and the front seats replaced by racing buckets, while air conditioning is reduced to the role of no-cost option.

Smaller items such as the floor mats, parcel shelf and bonnet damping have also been removed in a bid to save weight. The result is a 66kg reduction in kerb weight compared to the standard Golf GTI.
A Volkswagen UK spokesperson said: “We knew the Clubsport S would be popular because we’ve had a lot of interest. Selling all of them so quickly wasn’t completely expected, but it was a nice surprise.”

British Champion! Leeds golfer clinches national title at eight-years-old

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IN THE SWING OF THINGS: Alayna says he idols in the sport are Tiger Woods and her dad

IN THE SWING OF THINGS: Alayna says he idols in the sport are Tiger Woods and her dad

A golf star of the future has shown what a ‘driving’ force she can be in the sport after clinching a prestigious national title for her age group last month.

Eight-year-old Alayna Rafique, originally from Leeds but now residing in Dubai, came out on top in the British Kids Championship 2016 tournament (ages eight and under) on Monday 12th August.

Pipping American, Bianca Gibbs, to the number one spot by just a single stroke, the talented young ace says she was delighted to add the accolade to her ever-growing collection.

“My heart was beating so fast when they announced I was the winner,” she said.

“It was only then that I realised that I had come first and had the biggest trophy. I just thought, ‘wow I did it’."

Singling out Tiger Woods and her father, Kash Rafique, as her two idols in the sport, she has already begun eclipsing the latter’s performances on the fairway and has high hopes for her future.

Following on from the British Championships, she also finished a very credible fifth in the Wee Wonders Tournament at St Andrews – one of the leading competitions of its type in the world.

“My dad said to me that if I could finish in the top 10 it would be really good,” she added.

“I was told out of 250 girls in the United Kingdom I was one of the 25 who had got through to the Grand Final.

“To be in the top five at the end of play was very good for me and my dad now owes me an iPad. I think I may have done a little better, but I am very happy.”

NUMBER ONE: Alayna Rafique landed the British Championship title last month.

NUMBER ONE: Alayna Rafique landed the British Championship title last month.

Never one to just sit still, Alayna is already back out on the golf course in Dubai training for her next competition.

“I cannot wait to start playing again in Dubai at the Arabian Ranches tournaments with my new clubs,” she added. “I have four tournaments before Christmas.

“Then I am hoping to come to the UK again in May for the European Championships which is an ‘invite only’ event in Scotland.”

Alayna’s father, Kash, says it has been another successful summer for the junior starlet.

“We are immensely proud of Alayna - she's really had a fantastic summer tour in the UK,” he said.

“The overall experience of competition has been very exciting for her and playing championship courses in Wales, Woodhall Spa and finally St. Andrews in Scotland has been a wonderful experience for all of us.

“I can already see the difference it has made to her game and her outlook. She seems to be more determined than ever and that can only be a good thing.”

Brilliant Bhullar

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After almost 40 years of hosting one of the Asian Tour’s most prestigious golf tournaments, an Indian sportsman finally clinched victory in the Indonesia Open last week to write his name in the history books.

Gaganjeet Bhullar bagged his fifth career title on the Asian Tour as he completed a start-to-finish win with a flawless three-under-par 68 in the final round.

It was his first title since October 2012 and he will now be hoping to kick start his promising career once more.

SWING: Bhullar is already back in action, competing in the Hong Kong Open

SWING: Bhullar is already back in action, competing in the Hong Kong Open

Bhullar held at least a share of the lead from the very first day and never let is slip. Coming into the final round, the 25-year-old opened with 10 straight pars before sinking three birdies to grab the $750,000 Asian Tour event.

Speaking after the final round, Bhullar expressed his delight in clinching the elusive accolade. He said: “I gave myself a lot of opportunities in the first nine holes but I misjudged my yardages on a few holes.

“Apart from that, there was no difference in my strategy. Winning takes a lot of patience. I'm glad I stayed patient and showed a lot of confidence.”

He added: “It was kind of difficult for me when play was suspended. I find it hard to go back to my momentum.

“I haven't had much success this season but I know my game was up there and winning is just a matter of time. I waited so long for my fifth win and this is my 10th consecutive event.”

Victory for Bhullar signaled a great day for the Indians with fellow countrymen, Jyoti Randhawa, finishing fifth on 11-under, whilst Anirban Lahiri was just one shot behind in sixth position on 10-under.

Three other Indians, Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar and SSP Chowrasia were tied 23rd at five-under, while Sujjan Singh (69) was tied 29th at four-under 280. The lone Indian missing the cut was Ajeetesh Sandhu.

WINNER: Gaganjeet Bhullar clinched the Indonesian Open last weekend to signal his fifth career win on the Asian Tour

WINNER: Gaganjeet Bhullar clinched the Indonesian Open last weekend to signal his fifth career win on the Asian Tour

Bhullar has tasted success on Indonesian soil before, clinching the now-extinct Indonesia President Invitational in 2009. Describing the country as one of his favourite places to compete the five-time champ said: “Mentally, I was exhausted but Indonesia is one of my favourite cities as I won my first title on the Asian Tour here.”

Bhullar took away $175,000 for his efforts and is already back on the fairways as he currently tackles the Hong Kong Open, which began earlier this week.

Hottest hatchback?

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Could this new Volkswagen Golf Design Vision GTI be the ultimate expression of the Golf?

Hot hatch? Built to wow, even VW’s diehard fans may be left speechless as the souped-up ‘Design Vision’ is positively futuristic with dramatically styled bodywork giving it jaw-dropping looks.

This hot hatch would put some supercars to shame with its packing 503 horsepower, more than double what you get in a normal GTI, courtesy of two more cylinders and one more turbo.

VW Golf Design Vision concept

VW Golf Design Vision concept

3.0 litre V6 and two turbos will yank the car and its terrified occupants from 0-62 mph in a heart-stopping 3.9 seconds - that’s faster than a standard Porsche 911 C4S – and can reach a top speed of 186mph.

Rather than starting from scratch, the Design Vision borrows details from iconic GTIs both past and present, but each element has then been wildly exaggerated for maximum visual impact.

The concept has shorter rear overhangs and stomping 20-inch wheels that are pushed 56mm further apart at the front and 64mm at the back for much a stronger stance, making it shorter, lower and, wider than a normal GTI.

Intricate side vents and strakes along the front bumper combine with a rear spoiler and diffuser that add downforce, but by far the biggest change from the normal GTI is lurking under the bonnet.

A twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre VR6 with a thumping 496bhp is sent to each of the four wheels via a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox and means this particular hot hatch rockets from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds - faster than a Porsche 911 C4S – and can reach 186mph.

Will it ever go into production? Well, probably not, though there may be, just may be, a chance that VW will consider it as a limited edition in the future.