400PS+ VW Golf R Is Ready To Pick A Fight With AMG A45s And RS3s

It may not be as powerful as some of the premium offerings in the compact hot hatch segment, but the Volkswagen Golf R is still a force to be reckoned with.

In Europe, its 2.0-liter four-banger currently makes 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW), in the post-WLTP era, 10 PS (10 hp) less than before.

Even so, when fitted with the dual-clutch transmission it sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds. With the manual gearbox, however, that time drops to just a little over 5 seconds. Both versions of the car come with standard four-wheel drive.

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If you decide to fiddle with it a little, the Golf R Mk7 can become more powerful than the stock Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback. For instance, the example seen on film below has an engine remap, new air intake and a custom exhaust system, which have lifted the output to 406 PS (400 hp / 298 kW) and 546 Nm (403 lb-ft) of torque.

The tuned hot hatch won’t break any records at the drag strip, given that there are some heavily modded Golfs out there. We’re aware of at least one that swapped its stock motor for the 2.5-liter unit of the Audi RS3 Sportback and has approximately 600 PS (592 hp / 442 kW) available on tap, and an Mk6 with 850 PS (838 hp / 625 kW) produced by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter mill.

But in this Golf R the upgrades are minimal and up the output considerably, so in our book it’s definitely a winner.


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Images courtesy of NigelGolfR on Instagram

  • SteersUright

    Golf R has issues with weak block which cracks under stock power and much more likely under a tune. Also has weak turbo’s that break in same conditions. Google search and be surprised as I was when recently shopping for one that they are very typically VW with regards to quality an under-engineering for any kind of longevity.

    • Tim Micheals

      Look again, you are thinking of the Ford Focus RS, that thing is an unreliable turd without modifications. The Golf R is actually surprisingly reliable even with modifications.

    • Gromanons

      No idea where you getting this from. There might be an instance or two, but comparing to CTR or RS, Golf is only one with actual iron block vs cars mentioned above with aluminum blocks. My daily is older MK6 GTI with Golf R turbo swap and been making 350hps for at least 40k miles already with no cracks or engine problems.

  • F Stanford

    “when fitted with the dual-clutch transmission it sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds. With the manual gearbox, however, that time drops to just a little over 5 seconds.”

    The speed dropped. The time got longer.

  • Vottek Mäxle

    I know that probably not many people share this opinion, but these artificial exhaust farts are the most childish thing there is.

  • Blade t

    That exhaust sounds like garbage. .


    shelved golf R400 project is set to return soon

  • Kevin Cagle

    I’m not surprised they can produce those numbers. The ‘farts’ someone was complaining about is the sound of the dual clutch shifting itself. I have a CC lightly modified with the same basic engine and its a super reliable engine. About $2000 in mods gets you a 35% hp / 45% ft/lb bump over stock and does not compromise daily drivability.

  • gambit gamboa

    Ah yes, the econobox.

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