For those who can’t wait that long, well-known German tuner Oettinger has introduced a hot-rodded Golf R that ups the ante with a tweaked 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that makes 510 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 501 foot-pounds of torque at 3,600 rpm. To put those numbers into perspective, a bone-stock U.S.-spec Golf R packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 292 ponies and 280 lb-ft. of twist.
The straight-five is borrowed from the Audi parts bin. Oettinger has upgraded it with a large turbocharger, high-performance pistons, a new intake manifold, a heavy-duty cooling system with an intercooler, and a racing exhaust line. Linked to a six-speed manual transmission, the turbo five sends the 500R from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds — on par with a Porsche 911 Turbo S not equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package — and on to a top speed of over 186 mph.
Six-piston calipers and two-piece perforated rotors bring the action to a stop, while a thoroughly revised Clubsport suspension, and Dunlop Sport Maxx tires wrapped around 20-inch alloys, keep the Golf on four wheels and pointed in the right direction.
It’s quite literally impossible to mistake the 500R for a stock Golf R. Visually, the hatch benefits from a full body kit that adds a deep front bumper with three large air vents and a carbon fiber splitter, side skirts, a roof-mounted spoiler and a wide-air diffuser that integrates a pair of oval exhaust tips. The 500R is much wider than a Golf R, and Oettinger points out that the track has been widened by fitting new custom-designed aluminum axles, not by simply installing spacers.
Inside, the Golf gains bucket seats upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, orange contrast stitching, and concept-specific trim pieces on the dashboard, the center console, and the door panels.
Oettinger has announced plans to build a handful of 500Rs starting later this year. Before you get your checkbook out, though, know that each one will carry a base price of approximately €150,000 (which converts to roughly $170,000) and it doesn’t look like Oettinger will offer the car in the United States.
Surprisingly, the tuner promises that this 510-horsepower Golf is nothing compared to the other projects it’s currently working on. Next year, Oettinger will introduce three additional versions of the Golf R that will pack 591, 641, and 738 horsepower, respectively.