Oettinger readies aero kit for new-generation VW Golf

Parts designed to reduce lift, increase downforce, and even allow for you to tow a small trailer

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Aero kit ready for new 8th-generation Volkswagen Golf | Oettinger Sportsystems photos

Your drinking buddies may recognize Oettinger as the brewer of Germany’s best-selling bear for much of this century. But car enthusiasts will recognize the name in conjunction with its tuning of Volkswagen, Audi and other European vehicles through Oettinger Sportsystems GmbH.

The company’s latest work is its aerodynamic kit for the new 8th generation Volkswagen Golf.

“With the Golf 8, Volkswagen transfers their icon into the digital age,” Oettinger says in its news release. “Its straightforward character has been retained, but its DNA is geared to the future. 

“Oettinger has now created a comprehensive aerodynamic program for the eighth generation of the best seller from Wolfsburg. In addition to a front and roof spoiler, the program includes side skirts and a three-piece rear diffuser. 

“All aerodynamic parts are available from the summer as exclusive Volkswagen accessory products and can be ordered from your Volkswagen Partner.

The company notes that VW has sold more than 35 million Golfs in the past 45 years, making it the best-seller in Europe in that period, with a sale every 40 seconds.

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“It has given its name to an entire class of vehicles and has been a prime example of versatility, functionality, reliability and quality for generations,” the company continued.  “The expectations for the eighth generation of the Wolfsburg bestseller are accordingly high.”

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Oettinger added that, as “the oldest tuner of the Volkswagen brand,” it tested its new Gen-8 components in “extreme conditions in a wind tunnel. The company was founded by Gerhard Oettinger, an engineer who started modifying Volkswagen products in 1951. Oettinger died in 1997.

He helped found a VW-based motorsports club in 1947, began producing high-performance camshafts in 1948 and soon was doing performance upgrades for the road as well as the track.

The company adds that the photos provided show its components mounted on a new Golf that has been lowered and mounted on Pretoria 18-inch allow wheels to enhance its stance and performance.

It adds that its new front spoiler reduces lift and that the rear diffuser comprises three parts, with the middle section removed “in just a few easy steps, to allow access to an existing trailer coupling (hitch receiver). 

Oettinger said the kit or its parts will be available this summer.  Pricing has not been announced.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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