The latest Volkswagen Golf R is a pretty exciting car to drive in its stock form, but that hasn’t stopped the German carmaker from offering its new ‘Performance’ packs for the hot hatch.

The first of the ‘Performance’ packs involves swapping out the Golf R’s standard exhaust system for a new titanium one, supplied by a company that is well known in the exhaust game, Akrapovic. As a result, the Golf R not only sheds seven kg of excess weight, but also gains new acoustics that is “tight, finely tuned and yet not too loud.”

Next up, there are ‘Performance’ disc brakes, which are two kg lighter than the standard brakes and feature aluminium pots with a steel friction ring. This allows for radial expansion when heated, supplemented by special brake pads. Cars equipped with this package are identified by the silver logo plate with R-lettering on the brake calipers.

Lastly, semi-slick tyres are offered for those who plan to exercise the uprated 2.0 litre TSI engine on track. The powerplant serves up 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, which is 10 PS and 20 Nm more than the pre-facelift model. Drive goes to all four wheels via a six-speed manual (or DSG) and 4Motion all-wheel drive system, with a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf R