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Twin-Turbo V6 Golf R Shows what 745 Horsepower Can Do

Published December 25, 2016

It’s rare that I feel truly conflicted about a car. I am usually one to immediately know whether or not I like the car I am looking at. But with this particular Golf R (and corresponding performance package) I don’t know how to feel.

On one hand, the engineering is extremely impressive and the end result is absolutely tremendous. While the engine looks right at home in the engine bay, it’s actually a 3.6 liter VR6 engine out of a Volkswagen Passat. Remember how good the R32 Golf was, with its 3.2 liter VR6 cranking power out to all four wheels? Imagine that with .4 more liters of boom space under the hood and a 7-speed DSG transmission. Oh, and one more turbo. That is key.

HGP, the German tuner behind this venture has gone to great lengths to achieve the power numbers they have reached. The numbers? A cool 745 horsepower and 682 lb-ft of torque. The stock 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine couldn’t match those numbers without a big, laggy turbo bolted on. The stock transmission can’t handle more than 650 horsepower (at least, not for very long).

But all of that isn’t even the impressive part. Seeing the car launch and run down a drag strip is like watching a stock Golf R with an aftermarket exhaust. Then the speed is just mind-blowing! Despite the race-ready drivetrain, the car appears as practical and normal as an unmodified example.

But at what cost? Aside from the actual cost of the vehicle, reportedly 65,000 euros (roughly $68,000), there are some details about this that bother me. These modifications make the car into an impressive machine, no doubt, but they really gut the original Golf R that they start out with to get to this point.

This isn’t really a tuned Golf R. It’s some weird mix of the Golf R, Passat, and Audi RS3 (source of the transmission) that looks like a Golf R. At that level of modification, why not get a car that, from the factory, has a larger engine and higher power output? Even then, modifications that are significantly less sever will yield better gains and the chassis is more likely to perform at those levels.

If you want a modified Golf R, get one and modify the suspension, engine, and body as you like and tailor it to the performance you want out of it. If you want a high-horsepower sports car with a decent number of liters under the hood, then buy a stock performance car that comes with a six-cylinder engine or larger. If you want a heavily modified and obscenely fast performance car from an eccentric German tuner, then look no further. 

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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