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Were You Aware That VW Built An (Almost) 500bhp Golf Mk6 VR6 Beast?!

We know, right. 

Why hasn’t someone told us this before now?!

Although VW does have ‘previous’ when it comes to keeping the lid on fast, rare Golf’s. The A59 springing instantly to mind and eye. 

While the past week or so has been all about the new Golf GTi Clubsport, another story might have escaped your attention.

Thankfully WCC is here to right that wrong.

As if we didn’t love Veedub enough, now it’s become public knowledge that back in the day Wolfsburg’s skunkwerks were busy moonlighting on an ‘unassuming’ Golf that borrowed elements from both a Lamborghini (19” rims) and an Audi RS6 (front brakes).

Immediately our attention is gained and we’ve suddenly stopped being distracted by the other shiny objects.

Oh, and it had an engine which produced nigh-on 500bhp.

This previously unseen Golf Mk6 prototype was equipped with a 3.2-litre VR6 lump and was originally constructed back in 2009 with the help of the Rothe Motorsport racing team.

Lamborghini, RS6, motorsport racing team.

All words which aren’t traditionally frequented in the same sentence as Volkswagen and Golf.

Designed as a precursor to the Golf R (Mk6), the engine was actually derived from the Golf R32 (Mk5).

Only it underwent a ‘few’ modifications which included the introduction of a Garret GT35 turbocharger and custom pistons.

Helping ensure a power generation of some 463bhp; and therein a substantial increase over the standard 247bhp. 

So, we guess you’d want to know what the top end was.

Alas, VW is remaining tight-lipped.

And let’s face it.

It’s only with the 50th year Golf GTi celebrations being in full swing that the world’s got to know about its very existence at all. 

Therefore we imagine Veedub won’t be in any hurry to furnish us with the all-important numerical factoids.

It does however make us wonder just what else Volkswagen has been secreting without our knowledge all these years? Is this just the tip of the iceberg??

Do We Know Anything Else At This Point?

What Volkswagen has relinquished recently is that this prototype  brandished an all-wheel drive system and 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission to channel all that power through.

With the general consensus of opinion from those who can do the engineering and math suggesting that the likelihood is full chat would be north of 160mph

Although the VR6 lineage officially culminated in the 5th gen Golf, VW has continued to experiment.

And as recently as 2013 and 2015, the Golf Design Vision GTi concept and Golf GTi Supersport Vision Gran Turismo (respectively) featured a VR6 mill complete with 2 turbochargers producing in excess of 500bhp, apparently. 

We know. More clandestine stuff.

Where And When Can We See This VR6 Monster?

Look out for this one-off VR6 at the GTi Fanfest in Wolfsburg, Germany between July 26th - 28th where it’ll be on public display.

Before returning to the Volkswagen Classic fleet museum at Wolfsburg where it’s probably been hiding in plain sight all these years.

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