Let’s say you what a VW Golf GTI or a Jaguar XFR or even a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. But you’d like to turn their performance all the way up to eleven. Well that’s why you can get a Golf GTI Performance Pack, a Jaguar XFR S and even a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. However, are these highly-tuned models really worth the extra cash. To find out, I’m going to be comparing them on track. In this video we have the Golf GTI Performance Pack against the normal GTI. The normal Golf GTI has a 2.0-litre engine with 220bhp and 360Nm of torque. It can do 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and tops out at a top speed of 153mph.It costs £25,845 for a three-door hatch. The Performance Pack version costs an extra £995 but for this you get the 10bhp upgrade to the engine, and although the torque remains the same, the 0-62mph falls to 6.2 seconds while the top speed is up to 155mph. More importantly, the car gets bigger breaks and a clever electronically-controlled torque vectoring differential. But does all this make the standard GTI feel somewhat lacking on track? This car’s got DSG which is okay on the track but you do have to wait quite late with the downshift before you try to slip the downward gear. Also, you can’t fully turn off the stability control system, you can turn off the traction element and you can get a little bit of more freedom into the stability system but you can’t fully turn it off. Which can be a little bit frustrating. We’ve got the car in the sports setting, so the steering is weighted up and we’ve got a really sharp throttle. First thing you’ve noticed as well is the car’s really stable.You sense that on the road but on the track as well. You can really feel how stable it is. The rear axel is really tort and there’s loads of grip at the rear. It does take away a bit of the engagement when you’re loading the car up through a corner. The car’s not that adjustable there’s loads of grip and it’s very well sorted. But you just haven’t got that sense of rear liveliness that you get in cars like a Focus ST. So it’s really long corners, once you’ve committed to cornering with the speed there’s not a huge amount you can do. Through this high-speed axis the stability is amazing. Really good – you can carry speed. It’s a nice car to drive but it’s not thrilling. Traction is okay, this car hasn’t got a limited slip diff – it basically brakes one of the front wheels to try and help traction.The standard GTI completed one
lap in 1:17:20 seconds but can the Golf GTI Performance Pack go any quicker. Straight away I prefer the manual gear box on the track it just gives you a bit extra sense of engagement compared to the DSG. Straight away through this first sequence of corners the car just holds the line better with this diff than it does with the other diff in the standard car. This transfers power to help you get traction and hold your line. And you can feel that working – It’s nicer down through the gears using a manual box as well you can select the right gear exactly when you want with the manual box. Traction is better than the normal car as well. Definitely makes the car feel a little bit sharper and a bit more engaging but again it’s such a shame you can’t turn off the stability control because it just takes away that final little bit of freedom you need on a track.Obviously, because it’s working, it’s increasing the temperature of the brakes but you can definitely feel the difference with the power pack car. In terms of power it’s not night and day but you can definitely feel the diff. The question is, as we come towards the last corner, is it going to be faster against the stopwatch than the standard car. In the end the Golf GTI Performance Pack was 1.6 seconds faster at 1:15:60. So is it worth the extra money? Well if you drive the GTI hard then it’s definitely worth the extra money because you can feel that diff helping to improve traction on the exit of tight corners. .