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.

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Neither car is likely to make it to the UK.

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