Ultra Mega Hyper Hot Hatch
Hypertune|Volume 196

With a power-packed bespoke turbo firepower at its heart, this Golf R makes a compelling argument as the default entry for a (Hot as) Hell Hatch!

Fuzzy Woozy

Prior to the advent of the sizzling Golf R back in 2009, the raciest VW hatch already had the fabled ‘R’ moniker in its namesake albeit in an alphanumeric combo of R32. It started with the 2003 Mk4 version harnessing some 240 ponies and almost 240 foot-pounds of torque from the 3.2 liter narrow-angle inline-6 relayed on to the tarmac via VW’s 4Motion 4WD; naught to sixty was a respectable 6.6 seconds.

2005 saw a reworked Mk5 R32 with nearly 250 hp and DSG drivetrain – good for 6.2 seconds century sprint, impressing even the hard to impress British motoring critique.

A respected UK motoring editor commented, “So the R32 is fast, but it is also a very accomplished high-speed cruiser. Many cars of this ilk provide rapid acceleration through a combination of short gearing and an engine that’s constantly made to work at high revs, which makes them a real chore over longer distances. Not so the R32, which never feels unduly stressed at motorway speeds thanks to a long sixth gear.”

For their next offering VW decided on an entirely new slate – enter the Mk6 Golf R unveiled on September 15 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The naturally aspirated 3.2 liter six was consigned to the archive and in its place a diminutive 2 liter with cutting edge forced induction – a hint of what’s to consume the entire automobile industry.

The EA113 2.0-liter mill wasn’t just a tweaked version of the GTI’s mill though; it featured a reinforced block, a larger turbo and intercooler, upgraded injectors, beefier camshafts, stronger pistons, meatier piston rings, and more robust connecting rods. The result was 271ps and 260 lb-ft of torque, making it hitherto the most powerful production Golf back then. With its 6-speed manual gearbox zero to 60 mph came in 5.7 seconds – quite a bit quicker than its R32 predecessor; what’s more all that performance came alongside a comfortable and refined interior Golf GTI owners are familiar with.

Indeed the 2009 Golf R was a genuine step up from the GTI, a much more polished performer. While it doesn’t set your heart racing in the same way over fast B-road, it still excites and is infinitely preferable for the other 90% of the time.

Now without involving any form of remedial math here and now, the extensively modded example we have adorning our latest cover have pretty much got it covered, like all of it covered and wholesomely done with. Known around the local scene affectionately as Tiger Mike, he already had his Go-to guy as per his Mk6 Golf R project right here – Everco Motorsports, a long standing authority in the local tuning arena, with extensive milestones and achievements in both the local automotive industry and also the regional motor racing circle.

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