MR Racing tunes the VW Golf GTD, shows diesel potential

The Golf GTD has always been a very respectable piece of engineering, but now MR Racing has released a tuning kit for the diesel hatch that throws a bit more mustard into the mix.

MR Racing Volkswagen Golf GTD

The stock Golf GTD has a 135kW/380Nm output from its 2.0-litre TDI engine. With this demo car though, MR Racing has installed a new air filter and had a little fiddle with the engine software, bringing output up to 162kW and 450Nm.

No word from MR Racing on performance. Considering the factory version can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds, with extra juice under the bonnet the time would be trimmed by around 0.5 seconds or more.

There’s also a new set of dual exhausts, Rieger bodykit which features a 40mm widening of the front wheel arches, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and an adjustable rear spoiler. The MR GTD also rides on 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/30R20 Hankook Ventus S1 rubber.

The GTD’s party piece however is a €1699 option that can change the otherwise unappealing sound of the turbocharged diesel engine in favour of a bellowing V8. Yep, the system can be changed via an app on the driver’s smartphone.

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Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.