Volkswagen’s Golf R isn’t exactly a slouch with 267 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on tap, but of course there are always going to be those that want more — more power that is. British tuner APS has the answer for those power-hungry souls with tuning kits capable of boosting the Golf R’s output up to 330 horsepower.
APS offers Golf R owners their choice of two tuning stages currently, but an outrageous third stage in the works. Stage One consists of a simple ECU reflash and no mechanical changes. This brings total power output from the turbocharged, 2.0-liter I-4 to 308 horsepower — 41 horsepower more than stock.
Stage Two adds a few mechanical changes along with the ECU reflash to boost power output even further. APS adds a high-flow catalytic convertor and a Milltek stainless steel sports exhaust. Golf R owners can choose from two Milltek systems, both of which feature an electronic bypass valve to turn up the volume. One of the systems features a resonator for a more subdued exhaust note while the other does not to allow the exhaust to be heard. These changes bump power to a total of 330 horsepower.
Incredibly, APS isn’t satisfied with 330 horsepower out of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I-4 and is working on a Stage Three tuning package. APS hasn’t given complete specifics on the package, but says it comes with a revised turbocharger and will be good for 350 horsepower when it debuts.
In addition to power upgrades, APS offers a whole lineup of other tuning items including Brembo brakes, 18- and 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels, and a number of suspension items. APS also offers a three-way adjustable Haldex four-wheel-drive controller to vary front and rear torque splits.
APS doesn’t list prices for the miscellaneous extras, but its Stage One and Two tuning packages are relatively inexpensive. Stage One lists for £445 ($667) including British VAT and Stage Two will set you back £1999 ($3100) including VAT. Unfortunately for U.S. customers who buy a Golf R once it arrives in 2012, the modifications must be completed at APS’ shop in Brackley, England.