SPECS
Horsepower
405 HP
Torque
421 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3283 LB
Drivetrain
AWD
Engine Size
2 L
Transmission Type
DSG
MPG (City/Highway)
24 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

As of 8/10/19, this CAR IS FOR SALE! - passing on this dream car due to other financial responsibilities :( https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/link/249016846 As a Dad of two boys active in sports and biking, I was originally searching for a family station wagon. VW had models that fit both my budget and needs but I accidentally sat and test drove a GTI (instead of the wagon). The GTI was the only car that served and met my dual purposes in its versatility as a family / grocery-getter and a sporty enthusiast car. However after 3 years and the Mk7 Golf arrived, I wanted more...the R line. I chose the DSG (dual clutch with dynamic chassis control - DCC) due to the fact that I had the DSG prior and it's just as fun in my mind as a manual...but better. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and why did you change it? I began modifying the R within the first 6 months of owning it. It was good as stock but the ECU and transmission tune completely transforms the car into something unique and special. Right now I'm Stage II+ and I don't have intentions of going Stage III anytime soon as it seems like a drag setup more so than track. Why did you choose these parts over others? The ECU and TCU mods gave me the most bang for the buck and I chose APR because I wanted a highly reputable tuning company to give me the best peace of mind and overall support. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Did you build it yourself? I'm a newbie when it comes to DIY. I've taken more interest in doing some simple mods myself such as adding the blue peel coat (sprayed on). I wanted to give the car a little more attention / unique quality. It's a fun thing to do with my older son as well. What are you planning next? Possibly some cosmetic updates but I have decided what to do quite yet but likely start with wrapping or swapping out trim parts. I think this car for street fun is perfect the way it is currently setup. Going bigger Turbo might be fun but the cost vs. gains I don't see reason for. I'm just going to keep maintaining and further refining it for fun and longevity. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Honestly, it's amazing how quick and relatively cheap this car can be modded with results you see on YouTube. 0-60 mph in 3 seconds or better. The biggest challenge is holding back from the "modding bug" as I've done alot to the car since purchasing in late 2015. It's also a challenge setting an example for my boys - when they say "Dad - do the launch!", it's hard to resist!

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