Manhart has given the Golf R an extra 140 horsepower to play with.
Earlier this month, Volkswagen lifted the wraps off the new 2021 Golf GTI, which is the first version of the eight-generation Golf that will be sold in America. Later this year, Volkswagen is also expected to unveil the new range-topping Golf R. Leaked specifications have stated that the new Golf R will pack 328 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, while spy shots have already shown the hardcore hot hatch without camouflage. However, Volkswagen has always wanted to give the Golf R more power.
Volkswagen wanted the Golf R to use Audi's five-cylinder turbo engine that develops 394 horsepower in the TT RS and RS3, but the request was declined. The production version of the Golf R400Concept was also going to have around 400 horsepower to play with, but the project was scrapped, sadly.
Despite the infighting, German tuner Manhart has finally given the Golf R the power it deserves with its new tuning project dubbed the 'RS 450'.
By installing a larger turbocharger, remapping the ECU, and adding a carbon intake system, Manhart has extracted 450 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque from the Golf R's two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, an increase of 140 hp and 74 lb-ft. It's worth noting that this custom Golf R is based on Europe's 310-hp Golf R before emissions regulations forced VW to reduce the output by 10 hp.
Manhart has also added a new downpipe to make the exhaust note sound more aggressive. Lowered springs bring the hot hatch closer to the road.
Visually, Manhart's RS 450 has received some subtle modifications to distinguish it from the standard car. A new front spoiler lip gives the Golf R a sportier look, while custom silver decals and 20-inch light-alloy rims in a diamond polished finish wrapped in 235/35 ZR19 tires complete the exterior enhancements. Only ten examples of the Golf R will be converted into the RS 450 by Manhart. Volkswagen may offer a more powerful 'Plus' version of the next-generation Golf R with around 350 hp, but it would still be no match for the RS 450.