Huge energy, all of the fashion, a touch of stance and extra bespoke touches than you possibly can shake a stick at… Matt Thornton’s tuned Mk6 Golf R actually does morph present and go easily.
Characteristic from Efficiency VW. Phrases: James Wallace. Pictures: Tony Matthews
What’s a pirate’s favorite VW? Why, a Golf arggghhh, in fact! Regardless of that substandard intro the Mk6 Golf R appears to have taken on the ginger step little one function of the VW R division. Many bemoaned the lack of the sonorous six pot motor and due to its relative shortage, given its fleeting two 12 months manufacturing run, numbers stay fairly low in comparison with its youthful and significantly extra celebrated Mk7 bro. In response to How Many Left.co.uk there are fewer than 390 guide MK6 Rs registered on UK roads.
Nonetheless the EA113 engine toting hatch introduced with it the traditional TFSi tuning methods that make it ripe for large upgrades, and no person is extra conscious of that than Sussex based mostly, 33 year-old, Matt Thornton. For a while now we’ve been hassling him to seize a characteristic on this almighty construct, however as is usually the best way it was, “by no means fairly prepared.” Oh, how we beg to vary Matthew, have you ever seen your spec record? Having been postpone a quantity instances as he continued to enhance and escalate the extent of his perfection, lastly the time has come to disclose all. Are you sitting comfortably? This one is a biggie.
“I purchased it again in 2015 as a alternative for an Augusta MV4 bike,” Matt reveals, persevering with, “I actually wished the fun of a motorbike with out all of the hazard. The Mk6 R had been a dream automobile of mine for years, as quickly as I noticed one on the street I knew I needed to have one.” Having paid his dues and graduated by means of a S3, Mk5 R32, large turbo Ibiza and a Mk2 2.9 VR6 when he was simply 18 – a automobile that he constructed to blag his means into the bodyshop commerce, in addition to a handful of different tuned and severely spritely VAG equipment, the Mk6 was a easy evolutionary step. Hell, whilst normal, everyone knows they don’t hold about, however Matt clearly had larger issues on his synapses.
Nearly immediately remapped by R Tech and brought to stage 2+ due to a Wagner tuning Intercooler, Proram consumption and a Hardknocks 3.5-inch turbo downpipe and twin 3” exhaust system the altitude was additionally lowered on a set of BC Racing coilovers, as Matt started researching what was doable and the way a lot additional the automobile might progress, “I knew the engine had large potential, however I genuinely by no means meant to push on so far as I’ve. I all the time suppose it’s going to be sufficient, however it by no means is. It’d sound cliched however you actually do get used to no matter energy you might have, particularly when the 4Mo chassis makes 400+ horsepower really feel actually blase.” Additionally, he revealed that R-Tech may be fairly, erm… specific concerning the merchandise they price and the issues they’re ready to work with – therefore the plastic engine cowl nonetheless remaining in place for a neater, extra OEM look.
Matt discovered the automobile to be fairly succesful like that to be honest, however as time ticked by the niggling for a stage 3 setup, together with a TTE420 hybrid turbo simply stored bothering him. “That was the place it received actually severe. I used to be on my approach to Final Dubs in 2019 when the notorious high-pressure gas pump cam follower concern arose and totalled the cylinder head.” Not removed from R Tech on the time the automobile was trailered there, the pinnacle swapped over for a spare that they had on the shelf and Matt received going once more in time for the present, “That prompted the total on rebuild although, it was time to go absolutely cast and push on for correctly large numbers. I hadn’t seen many MK6 R’s taken to that extent on the time.” Extra on that in a second, although.
As a little bit of a B-road terrorist Matt discovered that when wound down on coilies he stored totalling splitters on bumpy roads with antagonistic cambers, the reply was a bespoke set up 3H setup from Airlift with a preset, “nutter / hooning” trip peak dialled in, naturally it combines a wonderfully offered flocked tank set up with a dry carbon tank base and matching manifold. Even the AEM methanol tank that’s sunk into the boot set up has been flocked in order that it doesn’t stand out an excessive amount of. That stage of consideration to element and OE fanaticism actually makes this construct shine, Matt even shopping for a set of Recaro CS seats and having them customized trimmed regardless of having wingbacks within the automobile when he received It, all to save lots of 25kg or so in weight. In reality, he reckons the automobile is now 120kg shy of manufacturing unit, tipping the scales at 1326kg for an eventual power-to-weight ratio of a whooping 414bhp per tonne. The cage is only for present – comprised of ally, powdercoated and customized fabricated by Gary French at GDF Steelworks, but there’s no compromise in terms of OEM+ ranges of spec or consolation inside. The absolutely retrimmed wheel in alcantara and perforated leather-based is a murals that completely enhances the lashings of synthetic suede, leather-based and carbon that saturate this quick street centered setup. A tasty smattering of stealth audiophile excellence has additionally been slotted into this swanky inside – a Kenwood DNX-518DAB headunit, KFC-X174 6.5inch audio system and Focal tweeters powered by a X301-4 amp with a surprisingly potent KSC-PSW8 below seat sub serving up the low finish retains Matt completely happy.
Retaining all the pieces roof facet up is now left to an achingly packed spec that ensures these 8.5 x 19 Rotiforms DTMs stay nailed to the black stuff through a set of 215/35 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. And it’s a trait that Matt fortunately explores when his higher half isn’t within the automobile, “She’s doesn’t thoughts go rapidly in a straight line, however the twisty bits positively aren’t her factor,” laughed Matt. With uprated H&R anti roll bars, Superpro bushes all through, Vibratechnics mounts for engine, gearbox and subframe, camber adjustable prime mounts, Air Elevate ARB drop hyperlinks, Camber Racing adjustable rear arms and strut braces each fore and aft the whole thing is dialled in due to a Hunter 4 wheel geo setup. A few of you’ll most likely have observed the willy waving brakes as properly – larger than most individuals’s dinner plates, and these are Matt’s ‘small’ stoppers that hardly squeeze in below his 19-inch rims! Due to Audi R8 / Lambo eight piston Brembos up entrance mounted on customized brackets that match as much as monstrous 390 x 32mm J hooked two piece bells and rotors the stopping energy on faucet is awe-inspiring, “Oh, it STOPS,” laughs Matt. They appear fairly lurid completed in Acid inexperienced. To not be outgunned, the rear finish additionally sports activities 4 piston Brembos painstakingly customized fitted utilizing 370mm two piece discs and Ferrari F430 handbrake calipers with customized made cables.
With all that stopping energy comes ample efficiency, however not earlier than Matt noticed to an entire glass out respray in Glasurit Rising Blue. Not content material with bolting manufacturing unit panels again on although he opted for SRS tech 2.5cm wider entrance wings, OSIR carbon fibre bonnet, a smoothed entrance bumper and a customized fabricated rear bumper that Matt spent an age grafting Corsa VXR bumper vents into. It’s, and there’s no different phrase for it, staggering. With many of the Maxton Design catalogue bolted on and gloss black detailing all through the extent of the bodywork is actually subsequent stage. There’s even a Nengun rear diffuser and a few smoked dynamic sweeping LED taillights – principally, if it may be painted or improved, Matt has executed it.
That very same mentality additionally applies below the bonnet. As a part of the ultimate push for unimaginable turbo urge, Matt despatched the lengthy block off to TSR Tuning for decrease compression Wossner cast pistons, race bearings, ARP head bolts and studs, R8 valve springs, ZRP con rods, cam follower curler bearing conversion equipment, VIS stability shaft delete equipment, Fluidampr crank pulley and RS3 injectors with a modified cylinder head and loom. At the moment with the small body, fast spooling Garrett G25-660 turbo bolted onto a Nortech tubular manifold and mapped to max out round 2bar, the automobile makes 550hp and 495ft/lb of torque, though Matt is eager to level out it’s but to obtain the finalised map. Amazingly it nonetheless spools up round 3000rpm although and hits onerous all the best way to the redline, “You may actually drive it although, It’s so addictive and genuinely horrifying now that the engine is absolutely sorted,” Matt confessed, persevering with, “I’ve had a pop at a McLaren 720s as much as round 175mph and though I’ve by no means formally timed it, I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t dip into the low 11s on the quarter mile now.”
As Matt costs onerous and the four-inch Titanium exhaust suggestions emit a cacophony of combustion there’s additionally a 45mm Turbosmart exterior wastegate ripping undesirable increase to environment. Gas is delivered through an RS3 low strain pump and a VIS Racing HPLP and gears are actually dispatched through a bolstered six velocity AKS Tuning constructed ‘field with an extended closing drive, metal selector forks and 4th gear assist.
Given the allotted area right here it’s onerous to summarise fairly how epic this tuned Mk6 Golf R is. We’ve solely touched briefly upon the experience, the dedication, the time and fervour concerned in getting this far, “My favorite factor about proudly owning it’s parking it up at a present and listening to folks speaking about it?” Matt muses, “How did they try this? Why did they try this? Why isn’t mine like that?, all of them make me smile.”
The truth that this present piece is now savage quick with fierce spool traits that simply hold gaining in depth all the best way to the redline, is testomony to Matt’s countless devotion. He is likely to be a VAG physique store chap by day, however this constructed 6R is unquestionably to not be messed with.
Tech Spec: Tuned Mk6 Golf R
2.0-litre TFSI EA113, R Tech customized remap, grille air feed 3” Proram air induction cone filter, AKS Revo induction pipe, AKS runner flap delete equipment, AKS throttle physique spacer with AEM meth port injection, RS3 injectors with modified cylinder head & loom, Wossner cast pistons, efficiency engine bearing equipment, Audi R8 valve springs, ARP head bolts/studs, ZRP cast con rods, VIS stability shaft delete equipment, Fluidampr crank pulley, Garrett G25-660 turbo, Nortech tubular manifold, Nortech turbo warmth protect, Funk Motorsport turbo blanket and downpipe/manifold wrap, Vibrant oil catch can, -12an braided traces, Turbosmart 45mm wastegate, Wagner Tuning intercooler, 3.5″ Hardknocks downpipe, twin 3″ customized exhaust with 4″ titanium suggestions, Polar FIS information system, ECS aluminium oil filter housing, Turbosmart recirc valve, HEL efficiency engine oil cooler equipment, NGK plugs, Audi RS3 low strain gas pump, VIS Racing excessive strain gas pump, TFSI cam follower curler bearing conversion equipment, 175 bar gas return valve, R Tech PCV delete equipment, EVAP system delete, R8 coilpacks, light-weight racing battery, Forge Motorsport silicone hose equipment, Creation Motorsport blue turbo increase hoses, Acid inexperienced oil dipstick, turbo increase hardpipes, Helix 6 paddle clutch and light-weight single mass flywheel, braided clutch line equipment, AKS aluminium clutch bleed block, Forge quick shifter set, AKS stable shifter bracket bush equipment, 42 Draft Designs shifter bush equipment, Peloquin restricted slip diff, Efficiency Haldex controller 60:40, re-enforced guide gearbox longer closing drive, metal selector forks, 4th gear assist
8.5×19” Rotiform DTM wheels, hub-centric spacers, Camber Racing adjustable rear arms, Air Elevate Efficiency 3H air trip setup, H&R anti roll bars entrance and rear, Superpro entrance and rear bush kits incl entrance Antilift equipment, Vibratechnics subframe, engine and gearbox mounts, Air Elevate ARB drop hyperlinks, Air Elevate adjustable camber prime mounts, racing geo setup, 8-pot Lambo/R8 Brembo entrance calipers (customized acid inexperienced), 390mm floating J hook discs and rotors, Ferodo DS2500 pads, EBC307+ racing brake fluid, 4 pot R8 rear calipers, customized 370mm J hook black anodized 2 piece discs, customized made handbrake cables, twin rear caliper brackets, Ferrari F430 handbrake calipers
Full home windows out respray, SRS Tech wideboy entrance wings, smoothed entrance bumper, static gel plates, tinted DRLs, deep entrance carbon spoiler lip painted gloss black, gloss black VW emblems, OSIR carbon fibre bonnet color coded, customized gloss black bonnet air scoop trims, carbon fibre bonnet gasoline strut twin raise system, Porsche coolant cap gloss black, Porsche engine oil cap gloss black, acid inexperienced cap decals, customized/painted engine covers, aluminium engine bay finisher bolts, black customized mini washer bottle, black coolant bottle with stage line, painted gearbox, engine, alternator and many others, gloss black entrance panel and h.lamp panels, VW R line alloy washer bottle/cap, smoothed gloss black scuttle panel, electrical folding mirrors, LED puddle lights, smoked swiping led mirror indicators, facet skirt extensions painted gloss black, rolled wider rear arches, customized rear bumper with VXR grilles fabricated in, smoothed rear toe eye cap, Mk7 rear LED quantity plate lights, rear wiper delete, smoked rear led lights dynamic sweeping indicators, rear diffuser gloss black, smoked rear bumper reflectors, spoiler extension gloss black, rear glass facet spoilers, tinted excessive stage brake mild, lightened bumper crossmembers, Merc E-class arch spats painted gloss black, gloss black entrance arch spats, R sill chrome trims
Recaro CS Sportster customized retrim, GDF roll cage customized light-weight aluminium powder coated gloss black, rear strut brace, flocked air trip tank and manifold, Bespoked Customs dry carbon tank base, alcantara/ perforated leather-based steering wheel retrim with blue centre line, airbag cowl alcantara gray sew, gloss black inside trims/lights, dry carbon sprint/door inserts, retrimmed black boot carpet trims, Flocked meth tank sunk in boot ground, customized Torque Partz rear seat delete carpet and R carpets, LED puddle lights, magnetic magnetic Airlift controller dock. Kenwood DNX518VDABS headunit, KFC-X174 6.5-inch audio system, Kenwood KSC-PSW8 subwoofer, X301-4 amplifier, Focal tweeters