Golf R With RS3 2.5-Liter Engine Runs 10s Quarter-Mile

The current Golf R models are probably going to be obsolete in soon because Volkswagen is developing a version with Audi 2.5-liter engine instead of the 420 HP 2-liter it put in the Shanghai concept a couple of years ago. However, there's no shortage of TFSI-power Golf models out there.
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The most serious Golf mod is, of course, the twin-turbo VR6, which can slay supercars. But we kind of like this 2.5 TFSI mod more because it just feels like a natural engine configuration for the MQB platform. You know how some people make burgers out of shrimp? Well, this is still a beef-type burger, just the best version possible.

As is usually the case with awesome Volkswagens filmed at Santa Pod, we know the name of the ower. David Lee made this project happen by combining a Golf R with the engine from a "2016 RS3." Does that mean it's the 367 or the 400 HP version?

We're not sure, but it doesn't matter, since none of the major internals are stock. There's a bigger TTE625 turbocharger from Turbo Engineers under the hood, as well as MRC Tuning Software and DSG Software. It's running on 109 Suneco Race Fuel.

We're not quite sure how much power the RS3 engine is putting down right now, but it was quoted at 622 bhp on a 50/50 mix of pump and race fuel. Of course, none of these drag racing shenanigans would be possible without the sturdy DQ500 gearbox from the RS3, with an upgraded clutch pack, of course.

On the day, the Golf RS, as we like to call it, faced off against numerous opponents, including a ludicrous diesel model. Its best time was 10.26 at 134 miles per hour, which is very impressive.

However, we're not quite sure if the engine swap was needed to get it there. APR got the Golf R into the high 9s. Still, there's clearly more work to be done here, as the torque of the RS3 is spinning even the back wheels off the line.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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