2022 VW Golf R Drag Races Tuned Golf 7.5 R, the gap is confusing
Don’t get too excited; it’s not a 2022 Golf R from the US market, as Volkswagen has barely started showing people the new GTI. But all are supposed to be made in Germany now, so the drag racing result is relevant everywhere.
The old Golf R from this drag race is actually still pretty new, so we doubt it’s cheap to buy, but let’s just focus on the horsepower gains. Archie Hamilton, the race’s host, says he’s doing something like 440 horsepower, but that’s not what we see on the piece of paper in his hand.
The graphics tell us that the 2.0 TSI went from 324 hp to 416 hp while the torque went from 443 to 559 Nm (327 lb-ft to 412 lb-ft). So either that’s the graphics of the new Golf 8 R being tuned, or Arche is wrong … or both.
It’s hard to believe that a single piece can squeeze “440bhp” out of a Golf R engine, especially when the presenter says it costs just £ 600. The car has a cat-back exhaust, downpipe, and air intake, and all of these must have been installed before tuning, giving it around 20 extra horsepower.
As for the new model, it’s owned by Archie, and we’ve been looking everywhere for signs that it has been tuned. But as of this month all we can find is that it has a Milltek exhaust system and expensive 20-inch Vossen wheels which are probably not good for drag racing. However, older videos showed how the latest 2.0 TSI put out around 335bhp, more than what VW claims.
Let’s see if drag racing supports our theories. Yes, even if the Golf 8 R reader says “it’s close, it’s very close”, the gap between the two cars is significant. You have to remember that this is the same type of engine, a 2.0-liter turbo, so you won’t see a cavern appearing between them no matter what the tuning is. But what happened with the intro? There is no way Archie filmed him, lost badly, suffered a cut and still thinks he has 440 horsepower.