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2018 VW Golf R: Too User-Friendly For Its Own Good? 18
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 01 18th, 2018

Most motoring enthusiasts have always favored the Volkswagen Golf GTI over the competition, but in recent years the ante has been upped considerably to the point that 300 horsepower is now the admission ticket to the super hatch niche.

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Oettinger Built This One-Off VW Golf 400R Police Car 31
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ESSEN Show, Oettinger, Police Cars, tuning, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf R on 12 31st, 2017

Arguably more than most countries, the police in Germany need pursuit vehicles capable of chasing down monstrously fast and powerful vehicles down unrestricted stretches of autobahn. The trouble is that it doesn’t have the budget to buy fleets of Porsche 911s and Mercedes-AMG GTs. So what to do?

Here’s Oettinger’s answer. It’s a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen Golf R that was unveiled a few weeks back at the Essen Motor Show, decked out in police livery with special equipment.

That includes the flashing lights on the roof and in the air dam, and a foil wrap in blue, white, and neon yellow, emblazoned with the word “Polizei.”

It also includes a full aero kit, complete with front sp;itter, side skirts, rear apron, and roof spoiler. The hood is custom as well, there’s a four-pipe exhaust system with 90-mm tailpipes, and the whole thing rides on a set of 20-inch alloys wrapped in low-profile Hanhook rubber.

The real long arm of the law in this case, though, is what you can’t see: Oettinger has tuned the 2.0-liter turbo four from the standard 310 horsepower to a more prodigious 400, giving it a 0-62 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.

That’s mighty fast – for a Golf especially – but don’t expect to see one of these patrolling the autobahn anytime soon. The concept car was created as part of the Tune It! Safe! campaign, supported by the federal transport ministry and by industry members.

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VW Golf R Mk6 With 800HP Runs 1/2 Mile In 18 Seconds! 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 30th, 2017

For hot hatch fans, Volkswagen Golfs don’t get much cooler than the range-topping ‘R’ version.

As we have learned over the years, these can be heavily tuned to the point where they breathe in the neck of true supercars, such as this one that was filmed during a half-mile event in Germany.

Apart from some minor visual tweaks, there isn’t really anything that gives any indication that it’s a true powerhouse, so what we’re looking at here is a true sleeper, one that can run the 1/2 mile in just 18,655 seconds, reaching a top speed of 256,031km/h (159.09mph).

According to the video’s description, the sixth-gen Golf R tuned by Turbo Technik Sami features an R32 engine fitted with R30 turbochargers and plenty of other modifications that allegedly round up to a whopping 800hp. Stopping power is provided by a set of brakes from a Lamborghini Aventador, and the suspension appears to have been tinkered with as well.


470HP VW Golf R By APR Beats Canyons Into Submission 29
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 29th, 2017

Tuned VW Golf Rs have gained the reputation of offering a “mini GT-R” vibe and it’s easy to see why after watching what APR has done to theirs.

APR’s “Gonzo” show car features almost everything the company has to offer for the VW Golf R, including a complete APR 2.0-liter crate motor with forged internals and a 71mm Borg-Warner turbocharger.

The results are pretty impressive as this Golf R makes 471hp at the wheels on 91 octane fuel, which goes up to 536hp if you use race gas. In comparison, the factory Golf R makes 292hp, at the crank.

However, and despite its long list of mods, APR’s Golf R remains a civilized drive, albeit one that will glue your back to the seat every time you go near the throttle. And the chassis looks like it’s more than capable of dealing with the power, giving the driver the confidence to really enjoy the supercar-baiting performance.

Watch Matt Farah shredding one of his favorite canyon roads with the APR Golf R in his latest One Take video.


Kia Stinger Vs Civic Type R, Focus RS And Golf R Is An Odd Battle 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 2nd, 2017

The guys from Drive set out to pick the best performance car under AUD $60,000 (USD $45,434), and they chose four distinct vehicles to do so.

What they brought were the Ford Focus RS Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R, three hot hatches that need no further introduction.

However, the Kia Stinger Si is the fourth addition, as it has a starting price that falls within the AUD $60k budget, 365 horsepower and 510 Newton-meters (376lb-ft) of torque from a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine.

Granted, the Kia Stinger is not a direct rival to the rest of the group as it is larger and competes against four-door premium compact coupes such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe – plus it’s rear-wheel drive.

This alone might be enough to make enthusiasts favor it over the super hatchbacks, but can it challenge them as a performance machine? There’s only one way to find out: just check out the following video.


ABT Announces World Premiers For 2017 Essen Motor Show 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ABT, audi, audi rs3, Audi SQ7, ESSEN Show, Galleries, tuning, VW, VW Golf R on 11 30th, 2017

With this year’s Essen Motor Show about to have its preview day on Friday, December 1st, ABT Sportsline has prepared a few treats for all car enthusiasts to enjoy.

Not only will they be presenting a 500 PS RS3, but a ‘1 of 10’ SQ7 SUV will also be on deck, as will the tuner’s Golf VII R, boasting 400 PS of its own.

Furthermore, the ABT Power Monitor, which provides a live overview of the power boost, among many other features, is also making its world premiere at Germany’s largest annual vehicle exhibition, now having its 50th anniversary.

Now let’s talking about the cars. With the RS3, the tuning package costs €16,900 ($20k), and the price for the complete vehicle is €74,390 ($88,500). All that money gets you a 500 PS (493 HP) engine, custom springs, anti-roll bars, brake upgrade kit and a special damper setup.

Not only does ABT’s RS3 supposedly ride and handle great, it also sounds more aggressive thanks to the tuner’s exhaust system, featuring two 102 mm (4 in) double pipes painted matte black. As for its aesthetics, ABT added a front skirt add-on, a grille add-on, a rear skirt set and quite a few touches to the interior as well.

Moving on to the ABT Vossen SQ7 ‘1 of 10’, this project came to life when the two aftermarket companies joined forces to create a very limited edition Audi SUV. It comes with 520 PS (512 HP) and 970 Nm (715 lb-ft) of torque, and can also sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.

When it’s not busy doing things in a straight line, the ABT Vossen SQ7 will gladly show off its wide body package consisting of a front skirt, fender extensions, door strip attachments and a rear skirt add-on with carbon pipes. Also available are the rear wing and fender inserts, while additional carbon fiber bits can be found on the grille, front lip and even on the doors. Inside, there’s plenty of carbon fiber, a “1/10” badge on the dashboard and door sills, and seats that have been bolstered by Alcantara inlays and ABT logos.

Now, what Vossen did to the SQ7 was to add split five-spoke 10×22″ wheels, polished with a brushed face in ‘Stealth Grey’. As for the price, the package costs €54,900 ($65,300), and the complete vehicle is €147,790 ($175,858). Oh and the Night Blue matte metallic wrap is another €4,690 ($5,580) on top of everything else.

Finally, we have the least powerful car here, which is the 400 PS (394 HP) ABT Golf VII R, also putting down a hefty 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to ABT’s optional sprints, the car has been lowered by 20 mm (0.7 in) at the front and 25 mm (0.9 in) at the rear, although if you get the tuner’s height-adjustable suspension kit, you can lower the front axle by as much as 40 mm (1.57 in), and the rear by 45 mm (1.77 in).

Other mods include a custom rear muffler with 102 mm (4 in) outlets, custom alloys, side skirts and a tailgate add-on.


ABT Vossen SQ7 ‘1 of 10’


850HP Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 Is Pure Madness On Wheels 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 11 19th, 2017

The hot hatch kings, namely the Audi RS3 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG A45, pale next to this heavily tuned sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf R.

To explain just how powerful it is, one would need to throw in a modern day supercar to challenge it, and even then, there’s a good chance that the German hot hatch would come out on top.

Filmed during a Race1000 event in Germany, which has brought forward several magnificent machines over these past few months, this Golf R is said to pack as much as 850 horsepower. Its stock 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was reportedly swapped with a 3.6-liter bi-turbo unit, and it appears that it’s also fitted with additional upgrades, including a tuned suspension and improved brakes.

Its owner added a roll cage and a pair of bucket seats inside, but except for these, the rest of the car appears to be untouched.

The tuned Golf R was raced against the clock during the event, and it eventually ran down the half mile in 17 seconds, at a top speed of 255km/h (155mph).


New Performance Pack For 2018 VW Golf R Pushes Top Speed Up To 168MPH 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, VW, VW Golf R on 11 9th, 2017

Volkswagen has launched a new Performance Pack for the UK market 2018 Golf R, which not only de-restricts top speed, but also shaves some pounds and adds a few extras.

Available as an option for the DSG versions of the Golf R hatch and estate, it includes an upgraded braking system that shaves 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs), 19-inch Spielberg alloy wheels that replace the stock 18-inch Cadiz rims, and in the case of the hatch, a new tailgate-mounted spoiler.

Moreover, specifying the Performance Pack to the latest iteration Volkswagen Golf R means that top speed will increase in both hatch and wagon variants of the vehicle, from 155mph (250km/h), to 166mph (267km/h) and 168mph (270km/h), respectively.

Pricing of the Performance Pack stars at £2,300 ($3,020) in the United Kingdom, where the Golf R can be had from £32,710 ($42,949) with a manual or £33,995 ($44,636) with an automatic gearbox, and the Estate costs at least £35,700 ($46,875) and comes exclusively with a DSG transmission.

Customers looking for an additional extra can select the new exhaust system that complements the Pack. Developed by Akrapovic, it costs £2,975 ($3,906) and drops another 7kg or 15.4 lbs. It features round tailpipes rather than oval, and valve control technology that’s said to enhance the deep sound of the car.


ABT’s VW Golf R Moves To Rival Audi RS3 With 400BHP 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, tuning, VW, VW Golf R on 10 26th, 2017

Super hot hatches such as the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback have a clear (power) advantage over one of the most popular cars of the segment – the Volkswagen Golf R.
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2018 Volkswagen Golf R Proves Its Pedigree On Film 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 09 9th, 2017

Despite having some serious competition not only from Ford and Honda, but also from Audi and Mercedes, the Volkswagen Golf R remains a favorite among many enthusiasts.
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Volkswagen R Lineup Set To Grow, Four New Models Could Be In The Pipeline 30
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Golf R, VW T-Roc, VW Tiguan, VW Touareg on 08 30th, 2017

The Volkswagen R lineup is a shadow of its former self but that could soon be changing.
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Which Is The Fastest Super Hot Hatch? RS3 vs AMG A45 vs Civic Type R vs Golf R vs Focus RS 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, audi rs3, Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Focus RS, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, mercedes, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, video, VW, VW Golf R on 08 21st, 2017

Are you in the market for a mega hot hatch? Well, if so, then buying the fastest of them all is in all likelihood, at the top of your list.
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VW Golf R VI Meets Older Seat Leon Cupra R On The Track 5
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fifth Gear, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 08 5th, 2017

By the time you'll watch this video, it won't exactly be 'Throwback Thursday' anymore, but still, Fifth Gear have pulled out an older film that pits two previous-gen hot hatches against each other.
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Volkswagen Golf VIII Reportedly Coming In Two Years 3
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI, VW Golf R on 08 3rd, 2017

New details surrounding the next generation Volkswagen Golf have started to emerge.
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VW Golf R Even More Tempting With New Brakes, Titanium Exhaust 31
Posted by Carscoops Staff in new cars, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf R on 07 31st, 2017

With nearly 300 horsepower on tap and a five-second 0-60 time, you wouldn't think that the VW Golf R needs much help in the performance department. But Volkswagen evidently begs to differ.
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