Volkswagen Golf R 7.5 targets sub-3sec 0-100km/h

Harding Performance is hoping to reach supercar speeds using a Golf R 7.5

Volkswagen Golf R 7.5 nw

Harding Performance, based in Brisbane, plans to build a supercar-bashing Volkswagen Golf R.

Harding has already built an incredibly quick Volkswagen Golf R, but this is a new, improved Mk7.5.

The main difference, head honcho Guy Harding points out, is that the gearbox is much stronger and can handle more power coursing through it.

As such, he believes the 7.5 R is going to be able to be tuned to out-perform the Mk7 he and his team completed previously.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R 7.5 performance gauges
Already, the Golf has received some work from the Harding Performance team, with Guy Harding saying that so far nothing mechanical or hardware-based has actually been changed on the car.

At this point, the changes are purely to do with the engine software. Harding says he’s already tested times against the stock R, and gains have been made.

“Stock, we ran a 12.8sec and a 12.9,” Harding says.

“With our Stage 1 engine tune we pulled .6 of a second off both its quarter mile times, and also brought its 0-100km/h time from 4.8 seconds down to 4.3 seconds.

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Mk7.5 drag strip
“We believe we will be able to achieve low 10 second quarter miles and match or exceed our sub 3.0 second 0-100 times.”

Harding says to achieve his intended performance times, he’s going to have to tune the R past ‘Stage 3’.

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“Our Stage 3 kit, which produces 390kW, will be launched first, and we are currently working on a 450kW+ kit which we hope to have to market 2nd quarter 2018.

“The 450kW kit will more than likely require a conrod upgrade internally, but the new gearbox should make it an extremely fast car.”

MOTOR will follow the development of the Harding Performance VW Golf R 7.5 and bring you the news when it’s finished.


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