HPA SEMA Special
To celebrate ten years since it first won the coveted Best of SEMA at the Sony GT Awards (which includes being inducted into the Gran Turismo game and franchise), Canadian mega tuner HPA decided to redefine what it calls ‘understated’ performance with a new build. Although quite how a 740bhp and 700lb ft 3.6-litre twin-turbo Mk6 Golf R is understated we don’t know!
Back in 2008 HPA pushed the envelope with the twin-turbo conversion for the VR motor, swapping the standard 3.2-litre with the US-packaged Passat 3.6-litre VR. These FSI engines were converted to MPI and mated to a modified DQ250 DSG gearbox. Testing at the Texas Mile proved that the 3.6 twin could make over 700hp but the six-speed DSG was not reliable past 650hp. But recently, HPA’s technical partner HGP over in Germany had a breakthrough in adapting the DQ500 gearbox from the European TTRS on to the 3.6-litre engine. This gearbox proved to be incredibly stable and opened the doors to pursue more power from the 3.6-litre bottom end. HGP developed a dual fueling system that would retain the OEM FSI, and integrate MPI; opening the ceiling for performance and packing in drivability in the lower end.
The result? The aforementioned 740bhp and 700lb ft, 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, over 125mph in 8.9 seconds and on to 190mph in 22 seconds! The car was finished off with KW Clubsport coilovers, six-pot piston forged mono block calipers on the front with 380mm discs and a set of four-pot calipers at the
rear clamping on a 330mm disc with integrated handbrake from braking partners Baer, HRE wheels and Continental tyres, Recaro CS seats on the inside and OSIR bodywork touches. Check out www.hpamotorsports.com for more.