And it sounds spectacular.
We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of the all-new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf R, an all-wheel-drive hot hatch that will offer a drift mode for the first time, but even the facelifted seventh-generation model is pretty cool. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. While that's a decent amount of grunt, this is still a four-banger we're talking about, so it doesn't sound all that great.
One way to fix that and enhance the performance is by fitting the Audi RS 3's 2.5-liter five-cylinder, which in stock form produces a whopping 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. But one enthusiast has taken that even further, modifying his five-pot Golf to the tune of more than 800 hp and more than 590 lb-ft of torque.
That mega performance comes courtesy of a TTE700 turbo upgrade with MTR-Performance tuning the ECU. Those figures may be out of date though, as the owner's Instagram account mentions the search for more power while displaying a stock intake system but the video shows a full carbon fiber intake from Unitronic. Then again, the figures reported are roughly the limits of that TTE turbo.
Either way, this is a ridiculously fast Golf with subtle yet effective styling. We especially like the oval exhaust finishers on the Akrapovic exhaust system, a nod to the RS 3 powertrain. The black body is also wrapped in Super Gloss Khaki Green vinyl from Inoztek.
Other interesting upgrades include a RacingLine big-brake kit and OZ Leggerra HLT wheels wrapped in Michelin rubber and Recaro CS Sportster seats. An aftermarket diffuser add-on is fitted too, along with headlight film, side-skirt extensions, and some sort of lowering system, presumably coilovers. It's a beautiful example of the Dutch aftermarket scene and goes to show that you don't need to spend millions to get supercar performance, although we doubt that any of the modifications were cheap. It'll be interesting to see how far tuning of the new Golf R goes, but based on what we've seen already, extremism will be the order of the day.