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This Audi-RS-Powered VW Golf R Is Pure Performance Gold

This VW Golf R has the most unusual and yet sensible engine swap ever done to a car

This VW Golf R has the most unusual and yet sensible engine swap ever done to a car

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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.

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The definition of a sleeper
It looks like an ordinary Golf R, until you open the hood or it blows your doors off

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.

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Much rarer than an LS-swapped RX-7 or a 2JZ-swapped S13
Despite all the supporting mods, the Audi inline-five engine looks like it belongs in the Golf R

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.

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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.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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