This Volkswagen Golf GTI Sits on Ferrari 458 Wheels, Has 372 HP

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - the hot hatch segment is one of the most effervescent on the performance side of the industry. A few of these mad hatches have entered sportscar performance territory, so it’s hard to blame the aftermarket territory for jumping the bandwagon and injecting amazing doses of work into various projects.
The latest example of this kind comes from the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI in the video below. For one thing, this Golf is on its way to seeing its factory output doubled. Meanwhile, it is enjoying the benefits of having its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine tuned to 372.

OK, we’ll stop beating around the badge, this Golf GTI sits on 20-inch Ferrari wheels. The rims come from a 458 Italia. While the hatchback hasn’t also borrowed the ridiculously expensive carbon ceramic braking system of the 458, its big brake kit isn’t exactly bad.

As for the lowered stance, the VW has been gifted with an Accuair air suspension. The owner chose to compromise in terms of the handling-comfort balance, favoring stance.

Speaking of the blame we mentioned in the intro, seeing Maranello’s rims on a Wolfsburg product does mean crossing certain borders, but in the tuning world it’s very difficult to discuss such taste-related matters. Would we ever put rolling Prancing Horses on our Golf? Of course not, but you should know this isn’t even the first project of its kind.

For one thing, if the Golf had Bentley or Porsche rims, it could’ve escaped any fingers being pointed at it, as it would’ve been labeled as a piece of OEM Plus tuning.

And speaking of in-house tuning, this GTI features a Golf R body details, as well as flared fenders.

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