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SEMA 2018: APR reveals 400kW Volkswagen Golf RLMS

By Chris Thompson, 01 Nov 2018 News

SEMA 2018: APR reveals 400kW Volkswagen Golf RLMS

This is the like the offspring of the Golf R400 concept and a TCR car

A touring car racing-inspired Volkswagen Golf R with 400kW has been unveiled by VW and Audi aftermarket specialists at the SEMA Show.

Called the APR Golf RLMS, it takes a 2018 VW Golf R and bestows upon it APR’s stage 3 engine upgrade and extensive body and chassis modifications.

VW testing a five-cylinder Golf R

APR says more than 18 months of development has resulted in “a system capable of 10-second quarter mile passes and 0-140 mph sprints 15 seconds quicker than a stock Golf R.”

APR Golf RLMS rear

A twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo replaces the original, though the standard motor remains with upgraded injectors, fuel pump, a carbon intake system, new intercooler, and an ECU upgrade.

Styled after the VW Golf TCR racer, the RLMS features a prominent adjustable rear wing, APR’s ‘Roll-Control’ racing coil-overs and stabilizer bars, as well as a custom APR exhaust, and two-piece APR wheels.

Inside, a roll cage, harnesses, and a fire extinguisher system keep those in the bucket seats safe.

APR Golf RLMS interior

President of APR Mitch Williams says the 400kW RLMS was created to dominate on the track as a culmination of APR’s motorsport history and experience.

“APR’s extensive racing history has helped us to develop the Golf RLMS,” says Williams.

“We wanted to create a Stage 3 track car that can dominate circuits around the country. With 536 horsepower and all-wheel drive, we can’t wait to turn some laps.”

APR Golf RLMS front

Dozens of licenced APR dealers are located on the NSW coast, in Melbourne, and South-East Queensland, with Hobart, Canberra, and Adelaide also having a dealer each.

Regardless, we’d be surprised if a car of this specification was able to be made road-legal in Australia.