You should never judge a book by its cover, says the idiom. Never has there been a better example of exactly why that is than this story, on two counts. First up is our 75 year old Arthur. He may be of an older generation, but don’t let that make you think he’s not an avid fan of the smell of fuel and that kick in the back you get when you nail the go pedal on a fast car.
After trading in a BMW M135i, he bought VW’s best hatchback on sale, the Golf R. But its stock power levels weren’t enough for the speed addict who soon dialled the 2.0-litre up to 450hp. This still wasn’t enough, though, so determined to double the stock power, turned things up to 11 by installing a huge turbocharger by Turbonetics. Now with 600hp at his right foot, it felt much more up to par with his expectations.
The turbo “does the business,” Arthur says modestly. He admits that they could go even harder than the six tonnes it’s producing at the moment, but he wants to maintain reliability. Alongside the turbo, the car features a RacingLine airbox, a more efficient intercooler, a more powerful fuel pump and a Milltek exhaust. Despite this, you’d never know from the look of the car’s exterior. It’s a proper wolf in sheep’s clothing, just like its driver.
Arthur says that it was easier to get that amount of power out of the VW compared to his aforementioned Beamer, but the DSG auto ‘box did need to be digitally tweaked to handle the extra horses.
Is there anything better than this undercover hot hatch? Easy to drive and park, but with the get up of a supercar. Yeah, you can take my money right now.