2006 SEMA: Ultimate 400-Horsepower GTI!
Nov. 1, 2006
The 400-horse R GTI is on display at SEMA. Click on images for larger views.
Awesome! Holy mackerel! Yowsers! Sweet cheese and biscuits!
No doubt these superlatives and more are reverberating off the rafters of the Las Vegas Convention Centre, emanating from Volkswagen's SEMA display where a monster 400-horsepower GTI lurks.
It's called the R GTI and it packs a potent punch. R stands for racing.
Underhood is a heavily massaged version of VW's turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Tuner APR acted as masseuse by adding a large turbocharger with twice the flow and more boost, large intercooler, plus modified plumbing and intake. Burnt fuel exits quickly and efficiently through a modified exhaust manifold and stainless-steel exhaust system.
The result? A whopping 375 horsepower on 93-octane gas — and an incredible 400 horsepower on 100-octane race gas. Plus 340 pound-feet of torque.
Racing calls for lots of power but not a lot of weight. To keep the R GTI light and nimble, VW used carbon fiber in place of the stock GTI's front fenders, hood, rocker panels, hatch lid, front and rear spoilers, mirrors and back seats. The carbon fiber's black weave gives a striking visual effect (most noticeable on the hood in the photo above) and complements the black paint, which features hexagonal graphics, a nod to the GTI's trademark honeycomb grille.
The hexagonal theme continues with the R GTI's black and red 19-inch aluminum wheels, which are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Fender space was carved out to accommodate these big shoes.
Other racing hardware includes a Quaife limited-slip differential, H&R RSS Club Sport lowered suspension and Brembo brakes at all four corners.
Other exterior designs include blacked headlamp housings, smoked taillamps and a central dual exhaust.
The R GTI seats four, all in heavily bolstered race seats. Black leather with red stitching is throughout.
Also see: 2006 SEMA: Thunder Bunny Is Rabid Rabbit, 2006 SEMA: Wrap-Up