• Jul 21, 2010

MTE Volkswagen Golf R32 BiTurbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Volkswagen scientists at MTE recently decided that their Golf R32 BiTurbo just wasn't quite up to snuff. While the company had already managed to drag staggering amounts of power out of the little German hatch, the project simply lacked that certain muchness that a true tuner purebred needs in order to stand out of the crowd. The solution? Yank 785 horsepower and 586 lb-ft of torque from the car – a 55 horse jump over the previous iteration of the project.

Yeah, we think that'll do just fine.

How'd they do it? For starters, there's a pair of mammoth Garrett G28/71 turbos under the hood pushing on forged internals. The team also reworked the cylinder heads, bolted on a water/methanol-injection intake manifold and unique cast-iron exhaust manifold. The whole kit breathes through an up-sized stainless steel exhaust system, and MTE says that it has limited the wicked little Golf at 193 mph. In order to cope with that kind of speed, the VW wears Brembo six-piston calipers and KW Variant 3 coilovers along with semi-slick tires. Hit the jump for a look at the car back when it was in its lowly 730-horsepower guise.



[Source: MTE via Inside Line]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      A twin-turbo HPA Scirocco is $150k+, I'm just saying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All that, with what looks like the stock airbox still installed. Amazing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The MKIV R32 chassis is quite different from your average MKIV Golf since its basically an Audi TT 3.2. 130 feels like 80, but up around these higher speeds of 180+ it benefits from a larger rear wing.

      The boxy, hatchback shape is a bit of a brick, but its surprisingly stable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank goodness they haven't put stretched rubber, airbags, Audi rims, Porshe rims, or some of the other idiotic things the local VW fanboy pestilence is doing. I wonder how drivable it is? Also, the camo paint is a poorly implemented but potentially neat idea for a beastly tunermobile like this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's got the turbo twist Porsche rims!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It has 785hp but can only go 193? Bit odd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They also said that is a electronicly limited speed. Not sure I'd want to go that fast in one though. I have had a 1967 Shelby GT500 at 120 down I-5 south of Seattle. That was fun, and the car was rock solid. Of course, that was in 1972 with a LOT less traffic than now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That square'ish hatchback shape isn't the best for aerodynamics. I imagine this is the reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great car and awesome tuning. Keep those guys. Fire the guy who thought that be an acceptable paint scheme for it. If they wanted attention there are hundreds of other ways they could have painted it to do so. Hell, even digital camo would have been better. At first glance I thought it was rusting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I could do this to my r32
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be juuuust fine with 500hp if it could be done reliably.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be a nice sleeper if they would ditch the hideous paint.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I'm a little surprised to not see camo'd BBS RS's on that car...
        • 4 Years Ago
        How much more camo can one car get?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could have some fun driving this...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very impressive achievement, one for the Gee Whiz file. You'd think this amount of power would rip this car in two. They probably had to add hundreds of pounds of chassis reinforcements. I'll take mine with a different paint scheme, thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no, not really. the r32's been dealing with 500+ amounts of horse power for damn near half a decade now. HPA routinely brings them down to the texas mile, joining the 170+mph club this year, then driving their cars all the way back to vancouver. No issues with the power, no issues with daily drivability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the VW/Audi tuners have been over 500 hp in the 1.8T's
        and like Zamafir said the 3.2's have been well over that
        and go strong.

        thumbs up for AB giving some coverage to a well loved
        tuning platform....... thanks.

        Did anyone cover Waterfest last weekend? I didn't remember seeing a post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ohh MkIV R32, you never cease to amaze me
      • 4 Years Ago
      How Long can engine hold on?in other words when will you hear the BOOOM ???
        • 4 Years Ago
        good question, HPA's setups are as reliable as you'd expect, but they're not pushing this much power... though... just south of 700hp is zero issue so maybe a bit north isn't a problem either?
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