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Oettinger 500R takes Volkswagen Golf R to new heights

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A power to weight ratio of 2.83 kilograms per hp, supercar-taming 3.4 seconds sprint from zero to 100km/h and a top speed of over 300km/h. This is the new Oettinger 500R, based on the Volkswagen Golf R.

Unveiled at the 2015 Wörthersee GTI gathering in Austria, the street-legal race car packs an extensively modified 2.5-litre TFSI five-cylinder in-line engine with 381kW (518hp) and 680Nm melting its crank.

The monstrous power comes from a modified turbocharger and a new engine mapping, along with high-performance forged pistons, revised intake and improved water-cooling circuit.

There’s also a customised Oettinger sports exhaust system complete with downpipe and a double-flow catalytic converter. The car’s differential and clutch have also been adapted for heavy punishment at the track.

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Keeping handling in check is a strengthened chassis with widen aluminium front and rear axle. Hanging off them are six-piston high-performance brake calipers at the front and four-piston at the rear, acting on enlarged slotted rotors with sports brake pads and steel flex brake pipes for maximum braking performance.

The racer is lowered on a set of 3-way adjustable KW coilover suspension. Making contact with the tarmac is a set of 20-inch ATS forged Wheels measuring 10 x 20 and wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx 275/25 R20 all-round.

Described as a “super sports car” for the track, the Oettinger 500R features an aggressive widebody kit with no shortage of air intakes, vents, extended fenders and aero bits.

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It’s all business inside, too. Alcantara bucket seats, leather-Alcantara sports steering wheel and new gear knob with striking orange accents set the tone for a racecar-like interior.

The tuner affirms the car “is not just for the showroom”, as the company plans to produce the Oettinger 500R in limited numbers, with price starting at approximately €150,000.

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