MR Racing tunes the VW Golf GTD, shows diesel potential

Alexi Falson

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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