The Volkswagen Golf GTI MK7 is no slouch in stock form. Heck, Motor Trend clocked the compact hot-hatch sprinting to 60 mph in a brisk 5.7 seconds on to a respectable quarter mile time of 14.2 seconds at 99.9 mph. Those are reputable figures by any stretch, but the folks at tuning outlet GIAC decided to up the ante.
GIAC took a five-door 2015 VW Golf GTI with the DSG transmission, and gave it some choice mods, including:
- GIAC Stage 2+ Race mode software
- An open-element, in-house-made intake which GIAC plans to switch out shortly
- Forge Motorsport 3″ valved exhaust
- Forge Twintercooler
- Forge recirculating diverter valve
- Enkei RPF1 17″ wheels wrapped in ultra-sticky Hoosier 245/45/17 D.O.T. Drag Radials @ 18.5 psi in the tires
To reduce weight, GIAC removed the spare tire and tools, but kept the OEM battery, OEM GTI brakes, as well as the front and rear OEM seats. The turbo, DSG software, and differential were kept stock, but the car was pumped full of Sunoco GTX260+ (104 octane) fuel. With those modes, the car ran the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds.
But as impressive as a 12.6-second quarter mile sprint may be for the MK7 GTI, the vehicle can’t be driven home after the race, since it is illegal on public roads in that form. And that’s why we would love to see how the GIAC GTI performs on pump gas and some ultra sticky road-legal rubber. Until then, check out the GIAC’s MK7 Golf GTI in action in the video.
For those who want to get into the nitty-gritty of the 12.6-second run, here were the conditions:
- Run date: March 1st, 2015
- Run location: Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA
- Temperature: 56-63 degrees Fahrenheit (15-17 degrees Celsius)
- Humidity: 55 percent
- Track elevation: 492 feet
- Pressure 29.89 inches mercury
- Density altitude: +764 feet