Oettinger Golf 500R Price Equal to That of Three Corvettes and It’s Worth Every Penny
The VW R500 Golf is one of the most unhinged things we’ve seen in a long time
Updated September 6, 2018
We’ve all heard of the Volkswagen Golf R and its sublime and well-balanced performance, but this is something else entirely. After all the hype started when Volkswagen officials stated they’ll reveal a series production Golf R420 (with 420 HP engine), the whole motoring world, including the best Europeans tuners, started thinking about one thing, and one thing only – delivering something even better. Luckily, the Worthersee GTI Treffen was due to start shortly and one tuner succeeded in creating such a monstrously styled and monster-powered Golf that it dwarfed even the best coming from the official Volkswagen channels. Please, enjoy the greatness of the Oettinger Volkswagen Golf R500. This is, by far, the most extreme expression of the European popular hot hatch ever since Ford revealed the new Focus RS and Honda revealed the new Civic Type R.
You are right, that badass Peugeot 308 R Hybrid is equally mad and the old Volkswagen Golf W12 GTI is something from another world, but this one can actually be on the road. This one can be bought, licensed, and driven on practically any road in the world.
Starting with the stock Volkswagen Golf R, famous German tuner Oettinger made a full-on tuning kit improving basically every part of the vehicle. The name Golf R500 says it all really. This is the Golf VII with an engine developing more than 500 HP thus giving the popular hatchback power to be reckoned with.
In order to create such an astonishingly powerful engine, the Oettinger did the only logical thing it could – it sourced the engine from an Audi RS3. That is right, the 2.5-liter TFSI, which is already tuned to develop more than 500 HP in some of Audi’s concept cars, has been thoroughly modified and improved. New forged pistons were installed and the ECU has been heavily reprogrammed while the cooling, air induction, and the entire exhaust system has been overhauled. Furthermore, the turbocharger has been replaced by a new, larger unit and these improvements mean that the full power surged to a rather impressive 518 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque.
With Haldex-made all-wheel drive and reinforced transmission (DSG of course), the Oettinger VW can achieve some serious performance. 62 mph can be cracked in 3.4 seconds and the car can reach speeds of more than 186 mph. Considering that this is just a hatchback, these results, which dwarf the performance of some of the best sports cars in the world, are astonishing, to say the least. Complementing the tuning, Oettinger developed a full-on body kit and wonderful interior decorations, making the car much more exclusive and almost luxurious.
Of course, the price will be in accordance with the sheer sick character of the car. The Oettinger Golf 500R price tag comes in at around $170,000 USD; you could buy three Corvettes with that kind of money, but none of them would be as mental, unique, or rare as this VW R500.
Interestingly, Oettinger is looking to create even more powerful versions with 600 HP, 650 HP, and 750 HP, but we will have to wait a bit longer for those. It’s quite possible they’ll never actually see the light of day considering how over-the-top the 500R already is, but we’d still love to see those things run just for the hell of it!
At the end of the day, it seems that while this car is insanely expensive, Oettinger has managed to solve what is likely to be the number one complaint about the Golf R – it’s too damn slow for what it costs. Now, with 500 ponies on tap, “I wish this car was faster” is something you’re highly unlikely to hear any owner actually say about their VW R500.
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