The legendary Clubsport S in Malaysian soil

I took a long leave from writing, perhaps a bit lack of motivation but anyway, I am more into photography these days. Pictures paint a thousand words and its more fun than writing.

Having said that, all the researching does put something back on the learning curve which is probably going to fall flat. Maybe time to find a new job but then again, I am enjoying my space, sitting at home, watching TV and putting in this entry.

Back to topic proper, so we all know that the MK7 GTI has a Clubsport S edition, which is the top gun GTI spec available in the market, some say its the fastest of them all and only 400 units are available worldwide.

In December 2016, the Clubsport S (CSS) clocked a respectable 7 min 47 second lap time around Nurburgring and only to be beaten later in Apr 2017 by the Honda FK8 Type R (FK8R), clocking a 7 min 43.80 second lap time. Despite the record beaten, demand for CSS never fall short with all 400 units sold out before they were rolled out of Wolfsburg.

Coincidentally, one just landed in Malaysian soil a few weeks ago and I have the opportunity to go behind the wheels (even celebrities need to queue but since I am not one, i get first dibs). Despite what conspiracy theory that one may conjure, the car is not mine.

We have seen quite a few FK8R on Malaysian soil and I have driven one for a few days – you can read about it here  but why I mention this is because the CSS is a direct benchmark to the FK8R; both manual, both turbo-charged 2.0t, both going neck to neck at nurburging, both FWD, both created from racing bloodlines and hence a lot of reference will be made to FK8R in this post.

The first question that came to me as I started the engine and put it to “Reverse”, why no reverse sensor! then I said to myself “because race car” haha…. but seriously, my first thought was, how does the power fare against the FK8R?

Both cars were similar on paper, both running 2.0t platform and both manual. Yes, the steering came wrapped with alcantara suede and so does the panels. It does look more premium but I am not sure if it will withstand Malaysia’s humidity.

Not being bias but I do feel that the CSS runs a little stronger compared to the FK8R, if you read my earlier post, I did mention that the FK8R power delivery is very linear and smooth but on the CSS, the power delivery is more brutal despite running a little less boost than the FK8R; CSS 1.2-1.35 bar boost at 2600 rpm onward from my log files vs FK8R 1.5-1.6bar boost on the Multi Function Display.

Boost Request vs Actual CSS

As you all probably have guessed, I took the car to the dyno – just to back up my butt feel and here’s the dyno result.

On brochure, the CSS produces 306hp using the EA888 gen 3 2-litres four cylinder turbo that powers all high performance MQB Golfs and what we are seeing on the dyno is quite close to the brochure.

Unlike the MK7 GTI – I believe the CSS will be using the Golf R engine; as all the Anniversary Golfs i.e. Edition 30 / 35 and hence CSS as Edition 40 using Golf R engine with IS38 turbo wouldn’t be a coincidence.

I slapped the FK8R stock dyno onto the CSS just for fun and this is how it looks;

Conclusion, sorry type R fans but the graph says it all but I am surprised that the 1.2-1.3 bar boost from CSS managed to put on 300hp – I was expecting somewhere around 280-290hp. For a FWD car, 300hp in my honest opinion is sufficient to make a 2.34-2.35s lap time sepang with street tyres and a good handling setup; 300hp as a daily car is more than sufficient.

I am more surprised that with such power, I did not experience much wheel spin – OK, I admit I didn’t floor it, again, not my car! If its my car, I would have uploaded a launch control video. Wait a minute, will it launch control?!? hmmm

I didn’t do much high speed cornering, because I didn’t want to break the car but on comfort setting, it wasn’t too harsh, not as bad as the A45 and pretty much a regular Golf R. The online material did say that the suspension is developed to withstand the bumpy Greenhell and I wish I could push it a bit more – then again, 400 units worldwide… enough said.

As far as specification is concerned, CSS comes with an electronically controlled limited slip differential – in short, e-LSD which I believe should be controlling wheel spins. For a FWD car, traction is everything and CSS has nothing short of it and with that much torque and still going straight – didn’t get much torque steer, that’s what i meant.

In terms of braking power, CSS comes with standard Golf R brakes (booo! Compared to the brembo 4 pistons on the FK8R) with uprated pads and 340mm cross-drilled disc but what’s interesting on the CSS is the aerodynamic system which funnels air to the brakes for cooling, definitely works for Nurburgring since its 16 degrees in summer but lets see how it handles Sepang.

The CSS has a different exhaust setup vs the usual boring Golf MK7 GTI and like the Golf 7R, its has burbles (some calls it pop bang) when you throttle off at higher RPM. A very nice one I must say, not the intrusive loud type and its addictive. It doesn’t have auto blip like the FK8R which I find rather annoying – someone told me you can turn it off but I can’t recall how or what now.

Interior wise, its no match to the FK8R; I mean its a semi-race car, ready to take on Sepang / Nurburgring anytime. Never mind that it does not have rear seats, who needs extra passenger in track anyway and you get a pair of awesome GTI bucket seat that will blow any Volkswagen fanboy away.

Overall, I am quite impressed with CSS. No doubt it is only a 2 seater and the fact that it doesn’t have reverse camera, sensor and etc, its going on my wishlist but there’s only 400 units worldwide and it cost RM 330k or more to get it here, so maybe I need to find a new job after all.

Its rare that it found its way to Malaysia and I am privileged to have spend a day with it; definitely, time well spent!

I know what you MK7 GTI owners going to say, you can make your own CSS with an upgraded IS38 turbo, tune it to 360hp and kick a CSS butt. Yeah yeah, but a CSS will never get a Actuator Stuck EPC! 😜

Definitely a collectors item for any Volkswagen fan boy. Remember, its not expensive if you can afford it 😁

 

 

 

Volkswagen Golf MK7.5R Sunday Morning Drive

The only reason that I have not put a down-payment on the new 7.5R is because I couldn’t afford another one which looks quite similar; I posted a picture of me washing the car and I guess no one realized, its a different car, other than it having an additional door.

Follow me on instagram @k3v_7r

I don’t blame them, its like asking me what’s the difference between a pair of NMD and Yeezy, which until today, I have no idea.

Having said that, I must say, the new styling on the MK7R is growing on me – especially with a new set of wheels – well, its not new but I swapped it from the Golf 5 R32 for the heck of it and look at that!! 

If you spot someone in the car, don’t worry – that’s my “human” lowering spring

I am sure you have read about the spec of the car from the world’s automotive blogs so there’s no need for me to share on that. I have driven the 7.5R in Nurburgring, Sepang and now for a short back route driving – the result is the same, I love it.

The only reason that I did not take the Ulu Yam route is to save it from stone chips – the car is for sale still, but its a test drive unit – perhaps the only test drive unit available.

Whenever my friends and I have a conversation about the Golf R, I always get the same question  “DSG7 safe anot?” The 7 speed gearbox fitted on the Golf R is not similar to that on a dry clutch DQ200 DSG7 found on the 1.4tsi (except the tiguan mk2) / 1.8tsi Volkswagen models in Malaysia.

The 7.5R with a wet clutch DQ381 7 speed gearbox, feels is a lot more smoother overall vs the DQ250 6 speed gearbox. In fact, I always tell my friends that it felt like driving a CVT gearbox sometimes. On hindsight, I do miss the RAW DQ250 on the 7R but the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

The 7R in my opinion is already a very versatile car, drag/track/daily; been there, done that. I don’t know how else I want to elaborate on its versatility but once you drive it, you will understand what I mean.

Its a keeper, really,  and that’s why I am not selling (unless you offer me crazy price… please?) and the 7.5R provides the needed interior improvement for Volkswagen Golf fans.

Well, there’s only one way you can find out more about the car, head over Wing Hin Autohaus and get a test drive. Call +603-9076 6628

VWClubMalaysia Bring On The Night 2018 – What a night!

What a night! It took us weeks to come down to one night and needless to say it was awesome!!!

This is our first ever night track and we are pleased to see the turnout of so many Volkswagen Motorsport fans hanging out, looking at some awesome rides and interacting with our special guests Jazeman Jaafar and Pekin Ibrahim under the newly lit-up Sepang International Circuit. A special thank you to our special guests for coming and making the event more fun, really appreciate your presence!

The night lights was fantastic, the weather was great and frankly, it is one of the best track outing event i have ever had – not because of the organiser but because of the ambient and the presences of so many enthusiasts that makes any event great!

On this night too, we had two new kids on the block, the Volkswagen Golf MK7.5GTI and Golf R that made its first appearance in Sepang Night track and for that, we thank you Wing Hin Autohaus for continuously supporting the club through various activities as well as after sales.

A side note, I love the new Mk7.5GTI! Hopefully, I can take one home for a quick run through later on we are still awaiting official photographs from noequal.co. If you have any photographs taken on the event, please do share with us at our email info@vwclubmalaysia.com and let us know your instagram account so that we can credit you; don’t forget to follow us on instagram!

For those interested in the timing for the night, please visit our Hall of Fame here! or download the full copy here

08 00PM - 12 00AM - - QualifyFull

Please accept our apologies for any shortcomings during the event, if you have positive feedback for us, please drop us an email.

Last but not least, thank you to our sponsors for making this happen, if you have been to our track day and like what we do, please support us and give our sponsors pages a like;

RinggitPlus
Revo Technik Malaysia
M Power Technique
Quattrozone Motorsport
Vestra Motorsport
Eurodivision
MIL Auto
Wing hin Autohaus

Till the next track outing!!

VWClubMalaysia BOTN 03 August 2018 Categories

Illustration for fun only

Two more weeks till our Track Night! and of course the above illustration is for fun only. Our Jetta friends are very excited so I made them a simple poster.

As you all probably are aware, we have a few challenge drawn up for our participants and just a recap, we also have a handicap system which the following applies;

  1. Participants categorized as Pro-Drivers will have handicap of 2 secs of their best time;
  2. Semi-Slicks or tyres with less than 180 tread wear will have handicap of 2 secs;
  3. Sponsors and committee are not allowed to participate.

Here are the categories

Non Volkswagen Category by M-Power Motorsport

 Driver's NameStatusCar MakeCar Model
Lee Choon Wai SponsorHondaFK8 Civic Type R
Teh Qing DaParticipantAudiTT MK2
Daniel Yeoh Keat LyeParticipantMercedesAMG A45
Thomas HengParticipantAudiR8 V10
Wynn HueParticipantHondaFK2 Civic Type R
Ling Jia HowParticipantAudiTT Mk2
Wong Mun Seong ParticipantHondaFK8 Civic Type R
Soo Chin TianSponsorAudiS5 V6T
Chuah Chong EngParticipantAudiA5 2.0T
Wong Foo HeanParticipantAudiTTS Mk2
Koh Soon FattParticipantAudiA5 2.0T
Fahrizal HasanPro DriverHondaFK8 Civic Type R
Ng Chee MingParticipantAudiTT MK2
Thomas YapParticipantBMWM 235i
Yap Jian FoongParticipantRenaultMegane RS
Lew Chee KeongParticipantHondaFD2R Civic Type R
Timothy Thomas Yeo RenQuanPro DriverAudiTTS Mk3
Khoo Tiong PingParticipantPorsche997 turbo

Volkswagen AWD Category by Quattrozone Motorsport

 Driver's NameStatusCar MakeCar Model
Tan Ke-VinSponsorVolkswagenGolf R MK7
Lim Jia YangParticipantVolkswagenGolf R MK6
Mohd AbihurairahSponsorVolkswagenGolf R MK6
Tan Khoon YeeParticipantVolkswagenGolf R MK6
Vishnu GopalSponsorVolkswagenGolf R MK7
Hor Yuen KeongParticipantVolkswagenPassat B8
Lee Geok HingParticipantVolkswagenGolf R MK6
Jamal Farhan Bin JamaludinParticipantVolkswagenGolf R MK7
Najib Bin KamarudinParticipantVolkswagenGolf R MK6
Goh Kuan Hock MartinSponsorVolkswagenGolf R32

Volkswagen FWD Category By Vestra Motorsport

 Driver's NameStatusCar MakeCar Model
Goh Kim HanParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Yeah H’Ng EeParticipantVolkswagenScirocco R
Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahab @Ali ParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK5
Chuah Chong WeiParticipantVolkswagenPassat CC 2.0
Tanggo Khor Soo Ping ParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK7
Mohammad Romzi FatahParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Goh Wei SinParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Mohd Hanif Bin AliParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Loh Kai YuenParticipantVolkswagenScirocco R
Emir Faizal Bin NoordinParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Khor Heng LeeSponsorVolkswagenScirocco 2.0
Muhamad Hilmi Bin KamaruddinParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Chen Voon FooiParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Thanawat Charas Virojna ParticipantVolkswagenScirocco R
Teoh Hong ChiewParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Faisal AsriPro DriverVolkswagenScirocco R
Lim Keng JuneParticipantVolkswagenScirocco R
Mohd Harisfathimi Bin ZakariaParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK7
Muhammad Danial Bin Abdul AzizParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI MK6
Mohd Ardilas Bin Mohd GhayatuddinParticipantVolkswagenGolf GTI Mk5

Volkswagen Jetta Category by Eurodivision Motorsport

 Driver's NameStatusCar MakeCar Model
Noor Zamzurenzaman Hurie Bin IsmalParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Muhammad Asyraf Bin Abdul Rahman ParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Mahadar Bin Abdul MutalibParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Mohamad Azuan Mohd DinParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Ng Kim Hoy ParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Muhammad Izdihar Bin Mohd Noor AzimiParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Mohamad Haniff Bin Mohd AliParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Mohamed Aizuddin Bin Mohamed KhairiParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Rohaizad Bin HamidiParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Idi Zain Hasyeem Bin RoslanParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi
Abdul Munir Bin Noor BakriParticipantVolkswagenJetta 1.4 tsi

Volksagen 1.4 and Below Category by MIL Auto

  Driver's NameStatusCar MakeCar Model
Chun Kok Han ParticipantVolkswagenScirocco 1.4
Leow Chwee KuanParticipantVolkswagenMK6 Golf 1.4tsi
Mohamad Niat Faez Bin FauziParticipantVolkswagenVento 1.2cc
Mohamad Nur Syafiq ZakariaParticipantVolkswagenPolo
Mohd Jefri Bin Abdul KarimParticipantVolkswagenScirocco 1.4

By the way, you didn’t read wrongly. The Passat B8 is in the AWD category. Perhaps the only Passat B8 in the country with AWD DQ500!!!

 

VWClubMalaysia Bring On The Night Edition Tees (Pre-Order)

In conjunction with VWClubMalaysia Track Night themed Bring On The Night (BOTN) we present the Track Night Edition Tees.

Pre-Order Starts Now and end 23 July 2018 and Price at RM 55.00 and Normal Price is RM 65.00.

All Orders will come with VWClubMalaysia Windscreen Stickers.

We expect the tees to be ready by 03 August 2018 for the track night which you can also collect on the day itself by selecting “collection”

For shipping orders, we will only send out after 10 August 2018.

For bank-in payment, please complete all particulars below and reply to the confirmation email attached with the scanned bank-in slip to info@vwclubmalaysia.com.

Order ID :

Payment Method :

Bank Name :

Bank-in Date :

Bank-in Amount :

Contact Name :

Contact Phone :

Once we have verified your payment, we will update in the system, may take 1-2 working days because the access to the Club’s Bank account is only via the Treasurer.

Order here

Thank you!

VWClubMalaysia Bring On The Night 2018 Challenge

Illustration Purpose Only – since there’s 3 FK8R coming and they are all good friends; The Scirocco R and FK8R i mean

Not our usual thing; all of our track days have been without any challenges  because we were tight on budget and Its difficult to police especially you need to ensure that all drivers are driving their own cars and not the STIG jumping into every mate’s car and the whole pit of them wins something.

So, we have decided to break our tradition and put up 5 categories based on our participation list;

  1. VWClubMalaysia None Volkswagen Category by M Power
  2. VWClubMalaysia Volkswagen AWD Category by QuattroZone
  3. VWClubMalaysia Volkswagen FWD Category by Vestra Motorsport
  4. VWClubMalaysia Volkswagen Jetta Category by Eurodivision
  5. VWClubMalaysia 1.4 and below Category by MIL Auto

All categories will have similar conditions;

  • Challenge Session Timing starts from 2200hrs to 2400hrs;
  • Participants with a transponder are automatically enrolled;
  • Any driver defined as “Pro-driver” will have a handicap of 2 secs;
  • Semi-slicks tyres will have handicap of 2 secs;
  • The fastest lap will determine the winner and there are 3 winners per category;
  • Time completed by another driver other than registered will have 5 secs penalty added to their best time;
  • Sponsors and Organizers are not allowed to participate.

Categorization will be announced later

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I still go into the track during the challenge time between 2200-2400hrs?

Yes, you can. The time is an indication to the participants that we will be taking the best time between 2200-2400hrs. Anyone can still go into the circuit for the track day.

What do you mean by “Time completed by another driver other than registered will have 5 secs penalty added to their best time” and how is it being monitored?

This is to prevent “cheating” by participants asking a better driver to drive for him. While we will do our best to monitor, we urge your cooperation to make this fair and not manipulate the results. If there is a complaint and found true, we will not hesitate to disqualify you.

Who is qualified for this challenge?

Any participants with transponder is eligible.

How do I know the result of my hot lap?

We will provide results on hourly basis otherwise, other applications such as Speedhive should provide real-time lap results or you can consider using Harry’s Laptimer for IOS / Race Chrono for Android.

You have more questions? Feel free to drop us an email at info@vwclubmalaysia.com

Welcome Jazeman Jaafar!

VWClubMalaysia is beyond ecstatic to announce that Malaysia’s very own Le Mans driver Jazeman Jaafar will be a featured guest during our upcoming ‘Bring on The Night’ track day which will be our very first night event at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on the 3rd of August 2018.

Definitely no stranger to the scene, Jazeman is coming fresh from an outstanding maiden performance at the WEC LeMans 24 Hour Race where his team Jackie Chan DC Racing (LMP2) finished 10th overall in a field of 60 cars during what is regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the annual four-wheel motorsports calendar.

source – https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/jazeman-jaafar/

That amongst a whole array of notable achievements, the young gentleman has qualified for his F1 Super License, won the Formula BMW championship, Won the Monaco & Pau GP at the British F3 where he went to take the vice-champion spot for the series, and more recently was vice-champion at the Blancpain GT series whereby he raced for Mercedes-AMG factory team HTP Motorsports. With just a glimpse at some of these milestones, it is no mystery why Jazeman is fast becoming a household name in Malaysian motorsports.

VWClubMalaysia has been keen supporters to the Jazeman journey since the Sepang Asian Le Mans debut at the start of the year where we were graciously invited as a club to come out at support our local hero. Now in less than a months’ time, Jazeman will be featuring at our very own humble track day. Do expect an action filled evening with the racer doing test-runs in some of VWCM’s fast golfs, while offering some pro-tips to participants on how to tackle SIC, and more!

Do visit the links bellow to find out more on Jazeman Jaafar:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jazjaafar/?ref=br_rs
Instagram: @jazemanjaafar
Twitter: @jazemanjaafar

VWClubMalaysia Track Day 2018 Sponsorship Price

Great news! You can get RM 3501 off your track day this coming 03 August 2018!

This is what you need to do:

  1. Visit2 any of the participating sponsors below and provide
    • Your Registered Name for the trackday;
    • Your Car Registration Number for the trackday;
    • Your Identification Number for the trackday.
  2. Pay RM 300 (for VW) and RM 350 (for non VW) to the participating sponsors;
  3. Once we have processed your entry, you will receive an email from info@vwclubmalaysia.com to confirm your slot!

Note :

  1. This is only applicable to those who have registered for the track day. We are currently full for the track day but if you would like be on the waiting list, please sign up here
  2. Participating sponsors will have respective criteria / requirement to fulfill – The sponsorship of track day payment is entirely at the decision of the participating sponsors and the rights to reject any request to sponsors without providing any form of justifications.

Participating sponsors

Quattrozone Sdn Bhd (Balakong)
Kelvin Cheng +60 16-533 6879

M-Power Technique (Cheras / Sunway)
LC Wai +60 16-332 9321

Eurodivision Motorsport (Petaling Jaya)
Vishnu +60 17-206 4892

Vestra Motorsport (Pulau Pinang / Johor)
Henry Khor +60 17-434 3118

MIL Auto (Kuala Terengganu)
ABI +60 19-394 5438

Terms and Conditions

1.  The Track Day is conducted with official sponsors participation, along with the sponsors logo, insignia and peripherals. As such, participants are prohibited from affixing logos, insignia , peripherals etc of companies/teams not associated with the Track Day sponsors/organisers. The Track Day organisers reserve the right to instruct participants to remove prohibited logos, insignias , peripherals or to remove the participant from participating in the Track Day with immediate effect;

  1. The organizer(s) reserve the right to amend the Rules and Regulations without prior notice.

  2. If you wish to transfer your slots, please notify us at info@vwclubmalaysia.com one week in advance of the track day, transfer request after the cut-off date, will not be entertained.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK7.5R on Performance Box

I was just chatting with a friend yesterday; he aspires to be a social media influencer and so the conversation goes –

Friend : Dude, hire me as your ambassador for instagram?
Me : How many followers you have?
Friend : about 400-500
Me : Fxxk off!!
Friend : Why?
Me : Lets face it dude, you have no followers, VWClubMalaysia Instagram now is close 15,000 so why would we use someone who has less followers as ambassador? It makes no sense  – like wearing pasar malam level clothing and telling everyone you have money.
Friend : You help, I help you lahhhhhhh
Me : Why don’t you buy us all a Golf Mk7.5R and we will consider doing a video for you but bear in mind, NO ONE WILL WATCH IT!  bwahhahahahahhah

And then we decided, to go shoot the MK7.5R and for some reason I decided to put a bit of colors to it – some say art but for me, its trial and error and I like what I see.

A special note to thank Wing Hin Autohaus for the car – my second Golf 7.5R “project” and because its white, it holds a special spot in my heart. Having said that, I will change that wheels before Volkswagen can say Das Auto.

Anyway, back to topic proper, I am in a holiday mood (again) so please don’t mind the extra comments. A few post back, I took the FK8R out for a spin and I wanted to benchmark it to the Golf R – of course I anticipated that I will get a 7.5R a few months later (15 years in the finance industry wasn’t a field trip you know).

Lets look at the FK8R P-box stats but before that, let me mention a few “facts”;

  1. FK8R is manual and I shift worse than your grandmother because I haven’t driven a manual for ages;
  2. FK8R has 20″ wheels;
  3. FK8R has more power on paper vs the Golf 7.5R;
  4. The Golf R is running on ” wheels (edit).

Why use a Performance Box like race logic? PBOX (in short) is a GPS device and unlike the OBD devices, you can’t cheat – with the DBscanner software, they take into account slopes and corrects the time to give a more accurate reading.

I have misplaced my raw data somehow but thankfully I have had screenshots done for the FK8R. I did not log the century sprint because I did not know how to launch the car and I didn’t want to call the owner at 12am to ask him how to do it.

In summary, FK8R completes the quarter mile mark at 14.69s and a very slow 100-200 at 18.46s. Honda fans, don’t flame me because I suck at shifting but fact is, you can’t shift as fast as DSG – ok ok, then you will say DSG fails, agree! but my point is, time is subject to my shifting style, so don’t bring guns yet.

For the MK7.5R

0-100km/h at 6.14s corrected
100-200km/h 14.48s corrected
Quarter Mile 13.20s corrected

I had to record 0-100km/h because someone told me, its 4.8s on the brochure without launch control! Of course i said its impossible so i had to try it but I did not launch the Golf R. I need a donor!!! Please let me launch your car!

MK7.5R is entirely stock and my prediction was correct, the DSG Mk7.5R will beat the FK8R on 400m – but of course, if MK7.5R manual, I believe the FK8R will lead.

More pictures after the test

The Volkswagen MK7.5 R Dyno-ed

Forget what the brochure says, we put the new Volkswagen MK7.5R on the dyno.

The question that we are going to address is, how much improvement of power vs prior generation of MQB platform MK7R. Its busy day for me and more things to do before end of the day so I will keep it short

Lets take a look at the graph of two different dyno – Blue belongs to the new MK7.5R and the red one belongs to MK7R (my car). Both cars have clocked under 1,000km for dyno, using Ron 97 fuel with equally stock hardware. My 0.02 cents;

  1. 7.5R is rated 310ps but detuned to 290ps in Malaysia and runs 277hp on the dyno – which gives us around 5.5% power loss. Don’t ask me why some use 15% powertrain loss to calculate BHP or how a GTI from 230bhp to 340bhp;
  2. I noticed that the 7.5R is choking at the end of the RPM, i reckon it needs more air;
  3. My datalog (no time to study thoroughly but i recall very briefly) the intake air temp is on the high side and we should get a better HP with better temp;
  4. Note also the AFR is a little bit lean and from my logs, the Golf R is pushing 1.3bar boost stock – will look a the data again later;
  5. Overall, i find the transmission on the 7.5R much smoother than the 7R DQ250 but I did not do a full out test mode – why? because contrary to believes, the car is NOT MINE.

However, I would like to get one to do FULL ON test mode but I guess that’s going to be tough unless someone kind enough to lend me for a few days – free stickers for you ok?

The question that everyone is asking – how does the Golf R benchmark against the Honda FK8R?

A few months back, I had a FK8R for a few days – I did say that I am going to compare the car, but this is not a review – at least not now. Based on this chart that i extracted from the same dyno; my 0.02 cents again;

  1. FK8R peak power (green) seems to be higher than Golf R (blue) but from early to mid range, the Golf R seems to be better than the FK8R;
  2. It does felt the the FK8R has more power at higher RPM when I drove it;
  3. For drag, I reckon both cars will be quite similar depending on the distance – 200m, launch control, I think the Golf R will emerge as the winner but anything more than 400m, I believe the FK8R may have advantage.

Anyway, that’s just my very tip of the iceberg view – without looking at data / performance boxes, its hard to make a conclusion – heck, I did not even push the Golf R through corners but I do note that the 7.5R feels more agile vs the 7R – something I noticed at Nurburgring too.

Till the next update.