This VW Golf R has the most unusual and yet sensible engine swap ever done to a carby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:31
In the world of modifying cars, engine swaps are almost as common as mustard on a hot dog. You have the mainstream ones, like Chevrolet LS swaps, which is perfectly understandable, as they have the tuning potential and fit in just about any engine bay. Of course, you have the Toyota JZ or Nissan RB-series swaps, which are almost exclusive to the JDM spectrum of cars. The one, shown in this YouTube video by Gumbal, is a bit odd because it’s a Golf R with a modified 2.5-liter inline-five engine from Audi.
To be more specific, this is a heavily modified Volkswagen Golf R Mk 7.5. The hot hatch arrives at the car meet accompanied by a modified Golf R Mk 6 that has its original 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. Both cars together develop well over 1,100 horsepower. The Audi-swapped Golf R is supported by a TTE / MTR700 Turbo. No doubt, a lot of other supporting mods have been done, as well.
The engine bay looks really clean and makes it seem like the Audi inline-five unit belongs in there. The Golf R shares a platform with the Audi RS3 (except the AWD system), so the swap should have been fairly simple.
Both hatchbacks sound like they are straight-piped, which is almost a requirement at this level of performance. For a brief time, the Golfs are joined by a nice clean BMW M2, which wastes no time revealing its epic inline-six “voice”.
The Golf squad seems to be moving from one location to another, almost like a Wolf pack on the prowl. The way both cars change gears gives away that both owners have chosen the double-clutch automatic (DSG) unit.
The footage then transitions to a walk around the parked Mk 7.5 Golf R, revealing every detail of the tastefully modded German hot hatch. The car is very much a sleeper and, at first glance, you would never guess it has 600+ horsepower. Only when you take a closer look, you will notice the big lightweight alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport, the big brake discs with red calipers, and Audi exhaust tips and rear diffuser.
By the time you ask yourself “What the…?” and hear the distinctive inline-five note, accompanied by big turbo noises, you will be left in the dust.