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Golf R

To sum it up in 3 words: Absolute driving pleasure! I reluctantly sold my pervious R to help fund a large business asset. At the time, I vowed, I would buy another one when I had the spare cash but next time... in my preferred vehicle colour, White. Little did I know, it would literally, be 6 weeks later!

A rare R popped up on Trade Me which was also local. It was a White 2011 Golf R MK6 and what really set it apart from 90% of the other Golf's is the extremely rare, factory option, Recaro leather bucket seats. It also had every other option like; DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) allowing the driver to change the feel and suspension of the car between either Comfort, Normal and Sport as well as the Premium sound system. To top it all off, it only had 64,000km on the odometer. SOLD.

In stock form, the 2.0L TSI engine pumps out an impressive 199kw (266hp) and 258lb-ft (350nm) of torque. The 2.0L 4 cylinder Volkswagen engine with AWD mated to the famous DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) aka double clutch gearbox, is extremely addictive and insanely responsive. INSTANT rally type shifts up and down with the WRC *POP* between shifts. It delivers power to the ground via the Haldex four-wheel drive system which is exceptional. Stock 0-100kph times are 5.7sec with the manual and slightly quicker with the DSG box at 5.5sec. The Golf R's main competition on the road or "rivals" are similar turbo powered cars, mainly the Subaru WRX / Legacy, the Mitsubishi Evo and the Ford Focus RS. 

My R is far from stock, most are subtle cosmetic upgrades (listed below) but performance wise is a completely different story. Custom Elite Motorsports Stage 2+ ECU software and Stage 2+ DSG tune, full turbo back BCS Powervalve WRC Rev II exhaust system with downpipe and 100 cell highflow cat, custom black Airtech intercooler, IE cold air induction system, Autotech high pressure fuel pump kit, RS4 130psi return valve and the intake manifold received carbon cleaning and walnut blasting for better flow and fuel consumption. With the ECU upgrades and bolt on hardware, the VW pumps out an estimated 360hp (260kw) and 370lb-ft (480nm) of torque. That combined with it's lightweight compact design, double clutch gearbox and AWD make this little machine a rocket!

When buying my Golf R's, money was never an issue and I still chose to purchase the MK6 over the MK7 or MK8. MK6 was the only option for me. The most aggressive front and arse end of the Golfs in my opinion. The MK7 lost it's aggressive look, it became softer. The MK6 like a few other generations of Golf will for me, always be a sought after model. Big front vents, simplistic but effective cockpit WITH an old school handbrake lever, bucket race seats and fantastic tuning performance. As cars/Golfs continue to go pointy, bland and "modern", this curvy car, for me, is and always will be, the last of the great Golf body styles and in my opinion, the best of all Golf generations. A road rally style, performing and sounding car. A wolf in sheep's clothing. Well done Volkswagen, well done. 


MODIFICATIONS:


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  • Elite Motorsports Stage 2+ ECU Tune
  • Elite Motorsports Stage 2+ DSG Tune
  • Airtech Intercooler (Black)
  • Autotech High Pressure Fuel Pump
  • IE Cold Air Induction System
  • Intake Manifold Carbon Cleaned
  • Intake Manifold Walnut Blasting
  • RS4 130psi Return Valve
  • R8 Coils / Plugs
  • BCS Powervalve WRC (Rev II) Exhaust System (Turboback)
  • Ceramic Coated, Titanium Thermal Wrapped Down Pipe
  • Highflow 100 Cell Racing Cat
  • Upgraded Dog Bone
  • Upgraded Typhoon 100mm Elbow (Black)

COSMETICS / GADGETS:
  • 19" Flow Formed (Light Weight) Motegi Racing Wheels in Satin Black
  • H&R -20mm Sport Springs (DCC Compatible)
  • Flow Designs Flow-Lock Rear Diffuser
  • Flow Designs Rear Spats (V3)
  • Flow Designs Rear Spat Winglets
  • Custom Fabricated Rear Wing Extension (Painted White)
  • Front Rubber Splitter / Diffuser
  • CanChecked Digital CANBUS Display with Integrated Shift Light 
  • Custom Red "" Badges
  • "Stage II+" Emblems
  • Slimline Black Window Monsoons
  • Red Brake Calipers 
  • Motorsport Racing Shifter with Titanium Shift Knob
  • Schroth Racing 4-Point Harnesses
  • Rokblox Rallye Mud Flaps
  • Black / Titanium Paddle Shifter Extensions
  • Hardwired Valentine 1 Radar Detector 
  • Misc. Small Custom Carlwalski Touches