The Volkswagen Golf might be one of the most unassuming model in its class, but its potent engines and humble style are a tuning magnet. Even in the R variant.
The Golf’s restrained character makes it the ultimate sleeper, and the MK VII R is the prime example. With 300 PS and 380 Nm developed from its 2.0-litre engine, the model in anything but slow; although O.CT Tuning reckons that Volkswagen’s small family car could have a bit more oomph.
That’s how a – brace yourselves – 450 PS (444 HP) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) Golf came to be. But this vast amount of grunt may appear overwhelming to some, that’s why the German aftermarket firm is also offering four different stages of tune for the all-wheel-drive car, ranging from 370 PS (365 HP) and 460 Nm (340 lb-ft), all the way to the full fat figure mentioned above.
Furthermore, in order to ease its customers with the power surge, O.CT offers to install the different performance levels gradually until the maximum power is achieved, keeping a balanced budget in the process.
Oh, and the same applies for Seat Leon Cupra owners, or other VAG products powered by the same 2.0-litre engine.
Although official power figures weren’t provided, we can only imagine what a Golf with 450 PS (444 HP) can do, as the stock R can already go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, all the way to a maximum (and limited) top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).