The Volkswagen Golf Mk VII is one of our favorite sports hatchbacks for a reason. it’s combination of sporty styling and aggressive performance capabilities has made into one of the finest hot hatches on the market. But even with what it already has, there’s always room for improvement. That’s where MTM comes into the picture with its new program for the Golf R Mk VII that makes it even more maddening out on the road.
MTM is one of Germany’s finest tuners with a specific touch of expertise on Volkswagen models. So, when the company announces that it has a new Golf R 4Motion program to share, we take notice. After all, when you have a pocket rocket like the Golf with 300 ponies already under its hood, you’re interested to see what kind of magic MTM can work.
The result is pretty incredible. Using its famed M-Cantronic module, MTM was able to turn an already powerful sports hatch into a truly mind-blowing thrill ride, improving the hatchback’s output to a tidy 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque — 64 horsepower and 52 pound-feet more than the base Golf R. MTM claims a 0-to-62-mph time of 4.2 seconds with the DSG transmission, which is a huge drop from its stock 4.9-second sprint time. Top speed remains unchanged at 155 mph.
What’s more, this kit takes just 90 minutes to install and will only set you back €2,055 ($2,842) installed.
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Volkswagen Golf 7 R 4Motion By MTM in detail
Aesthetic modifications on MTM’s Golf program were kept to a minimum and the only noticeable changes are the checkered-flag graphics on both sides of the car. There is no mention an whether this design is available for purchase, but it looks damn cool.
MTM’s program also comes with a new set of 19-inch Nardo wheels that’s been a tuner staple for years. These wheels are then wrapped in high-performing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Stopping duties are enhanced by MTM’s 380-by-34-mm (14.96-by-1.34-inch) eight-piston brakes, but there is no rear upgrade available from MTM yet, but then again, with eight-piston calipers biting nearly 14-inch rotors up front, the rears are there for nothing but stability. The brake system comes in at €5,115 ($7,044) and installation is another €367 ($507).
Fortunately, MTM also offers "all-in" pricing for its Golf R Mk VII program, which includes all you see here and the car itself. The total "all-in" price is €54,875 ($75,892). Considering the Golf R five-door with the DSG transmission bases at €31,970 ($44,215) OTR, that’s a hefty €22,905 ($31,677) fee. That leaves €15,368 ($21,253) unaccounted for in the total price hike, according to my math — not including the wheels and tires because MTM offered no price on them.
Even in its standard version, the 300 hp Golf 7 R 4Motion is cut from a different cloth than the stable of Golf variants conceived and confected for the mainstream German car buyer. But be careful: once MTM has worked its magic, Germany’s most popular car effortlessly operates on a different plane otherwise dominated by very much more illustrious marques. Namely those which, like this, are capable of sprinting from nought to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, and which reach their top speed of 250 km/h – in the seventh gear of the standard DSG gearbox.
The MTM-modified Golf 7 R 4Motion’s engine pushes it to 250 km/h. The two litre engine owes this power, generated by 360 hp and 450 Nm of torque, to MTM’s M-Cantronic module, fitted in 90 minutes and which comes with an all-up price tag of around 2,055 euros.
The front wheels are held in check by MTM’s 380x34 mm eight-piston brakes to ensure continuing unmarred pleasure in this feisty forward momentum. The rear axle is served by the ideally sized standard brake system. The motor sport-proven brake system is your’s for 5,115 euros, with fitting costing another 367 euros.
As the outward manifestation of its special talents, the MTM Golf 7 R sports the company’s trademark wheels: Nardo 8.5 x 19s with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (235/35 ZR 19) tyres providing the road grip.
Most European motorists will encounter this Golf at a handicap: typically only getting to see it from behind. And even this perspective reveals this to be no off the peg variant: four tailpipes proclaim that MTM’s ideally matched exhaust system doesn’t just look good but also exudes the good taste cultivated among Golf fans.
This sporty package is available for 54,875 euros - all in.