The 400bhp Golf GTi
1 November 2006

Last week VW gave the green light to the 227bhp Golf GTi Edition 30. This week, we bring you the 400bhp Golf R GTi.

An evolution of the R Concept cars that VW unveiled at last year’s SEMA modified car show in Las Vegas (a Passat and a Jetta), this GTi is described as being “more streetable” than those cars. That means it is more likely to make it to the road.

Developed by VW’s Design Center California, the R GTi has a weight-saving carbonfibre front. Tuner APR modified the GTi’s 2.0-litre engine with a bigger turbo, better intakes and a more efficient exhaust. Power is up to 375bhp, with 400bhp available on 100-octane fuel.

Also at this year's SEMA show was the all-white Thunder Bunny. It's a daft name, but the Golf is called the Rabbit in the States. This one is the work of tuning firm Neuspeed, and runs a 2.5-litre in-line five with a bespoke turbo installation. It produces 225bhp.

Behind the 19in gold wheels are upgraded brakes with white calipers Bunny logos, and it has an adjustable suspension system.

Neither car is likely to make it to the UK.

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