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If it had a bit more ground clearance and we didn’t know any better, we’d ask when Forge Motorsports’ first-generation Volkswagen Golf racecar competed in Group B rally, thanks to almost every one of its exterior design/aero elements and the crazy 400-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four (crank up the boost from 1.0 bar to 1.8 bar and the engine will make 500 hp easily), but Volkswagen never raced the little hatch in that World Rally Championship class.

Besides the Group B-like aerodynamics package and high-strung turbocharged mill, the right-hand-drive 1982 Golf gets a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential to put the power to the ground, according to Auto 123. Additionally, the cooling system has been moved to the rear (check out those cooling fans) to help even out the weight distribution of the front-wheel-drive hatch.

A Forge Motorsports representative tells us that the car will run a time attack at Road Atlanta next year, and that the company wants to bring it to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb; we’re crossing our fingers that it runs at both events.

Until then, check out our photo gallery of one of the fastest VWs at SEMA.

Forge Motorsports Mk1 VW Golf goes Group B all over SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 VW Golf

Volkswagen brought just three vehicles to SEMA this year (compare that to Ford’s 57 show cars): two Jettas and a Golf. Both Jettas showcase the automaker’s new turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder engines – one of which is heavily modified – and the Golf is the first seventh-generation model tuned in North America (it launches here next year).

The Golf concept showcases the latest suspension bits from H&R: a coilover setup for the new Golf that lowers the car 1.5 inches up front and 1.75 inches at the rear. 19-inch Rotiform wheels accentuate the stance and cover a Brembo brake setup. The aggressive styling is achieved with a VW Accessories body kit, rear spoiler, center exit rear valance and dual exhaust muffler.

FMS tuned the two Jettas: one equipped with the new 1.8-liter engine, and the other blessed with the new 2.0-liter engine, albeit heavily modified. The white, widebody Jetta concept gets the 2.0-liter, endowing the car with 425 horsepower. The blue Jetta concept is a visual tribute to the 1989 Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition and is fitted with the 1.8-liter version of the turbo four, but FMS left it stock with 170 hp. Plenty of suspension and cosmetic upgrades adorn both sedans.

Check out the press release below for more information on VW’s show cars.

Continue reading VW flaunts seventh-gen Golf, two Jettas and 425 hp from 2.0 liters

VW flaunts seventh-gen Golf, two Jettas and 425 hp from 2.0 liters originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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