Tornado Red Riding R

Tornado Red Riding R

Omar Qaed’s Golf R is a big bad beast ready to tear up the track

At first glance, the average onlooker would be forgiven for mistaking this new Golf R for the more common GTI. The styling is subdued yet maintains the timeless hatchback style the Golf is renowned for. Upon further inspection however, you understand that this is no ordinary Golf. The squat and aggressive stance are an indication that this is car is designed to corner flat and level, coupled with the four chrome plated exhaust pipes and the R livery that is subtly dotted throughout the exterior. This months modi zone is certain to stand out from amongst even its other R emblazoned counterparts, thanks to the Carbon fibre Revozport hood for installed over the original for weight reduction and cooling purposes, and the OSIR spoiler and carbon fibre front lip for an increase in downforce. The aforementioned aggressive stance is taken a step farther thanks to H&R lowering springs, making for even better handling.



Despite being a car that falls straight into the performance hatchback segment, it still maintains plenty of interior room and comfort that is perfectly suited to a daily driver. The owner has also added a few race-oriented additions of his own to the spacious and comfortable cockpit. The in-built paddle shifters on the steering wheel feature carbon fibre extenders to allow for maximum surface area to change gear while manoeuvring, while a P3 multi-gauge has been added into the left-drivers side A/C vent. This digital gauge is perfect for those wanting to keep an eye on all the performance parameters of their car, as every serious gear-head does. The display includes boost and vacuum pressure, coolant temperature, air intake and exhaust gas temperature, speed, RPM with integrated shift-light and more, effectively working as a performance monitor and a scan tool.



The engine in the MK7 R is the EA888 2.0 TSI petrol variant, making it the most powerful mass-produced Golf to ever be offered by the Volkswagen group. With the Mk7 came revised pistons, intercooler, exhaust valves as well as a larger turbocharger. This means that a stock MK7 R is good for an output of around 300 Hp from the factory, and while this would be plenty for some, individuals and aftermarket tuners alike have realised that this engine is far from all the power it is capable of wringing out. In order to set those ponies free, the owner of this R has gotten a custom tune in order to increase the boost pressure and alter the ignition timing. To help keep that boost circulating an aftermarket GFB diverter valve has also been installed. For cooling and maintaining the car at optimum temperature, and to help it breathe easier, an Arma carbon fibre intake and Wagner intercooler replace the respective OEM parts. It is also known that one of the main restriction points of any turbocharged car is the factory downpipe, which is designed to cater to a blend of emission regulation, driving comfort and noise insulation. In this car, however, the stock downpipe has been replaced with an aftermarket Bullit Catless downpipe and a Milltek catback, removing the said restriction point and allowing the IHI turbocharger to do its job that much better.



After all these aftermarket parts come into play, take this car to the dyno and you’ll get an impressive readout of an excess of 400 hp being sent to all four tyres. While attacking the apex and exiting a corner at speed is where the Haldex AWD system truly shines especially since the engine has now been given the appropriate power output in order to fire you out of the corner like a ballistic missile.


Furthermore, if a growling V8 muscle car designed for the drag strip pulls up next to this pocket rocket at the lights, it will most likely leave them and their ‘bigger is better’ displacement logic in its dust. Personally speaking, this is how “WE” think God wanted all Golf’s to be created!



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