If you watched our video with the Nissan Maxima vs. the Porsche 911 Turbo or the other one pitting a VW Golf R against a Ferrari 458 Speciale, you’ll know that with some crafty work under the hood, regular cars can easily outrun high-performance models several times their price – at least on the drag strip. Oettinger is one of those tuners and its newest project focuses on the latest VW Golf R.
Scheduled to be revealed at this year’s Wörthersee Golf GTI Meeting in Austria, Oettinger’s expanded tuning program for the Golf R Mk7 adds 380PS (375hp) and 400PS (395hp) power kits to the existing 360PS (355hp) package.
In factory tune, the Golf R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four has 300PS (295hp) and 380Nm (375 lb-ft) of torque for a 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) sprint in 4.9 seconds with the dual-clutch DSG and 5.1 seconds with the 6sp manual, along with an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Oettinger can add up 100PS to the Golf R through a larger turbocharger, complete sports exhaust system and a modified ECU, boosting output to 400PS (395hp) and 500Nm (369 lb/ft) torque. According to the Germans, with this tune, the Golf R hits 100km/h (62mph) in less than 4.0 seconds, beating the stock model by over 1 second, and reaches a top speed of around 280 km/h (174 mph).
Available options include a new body kit with front and rear aprons, plus a roof spoiler and a different diffuser, 19- or 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, racing brakes and chromed exhaust pipes.
By John Halas