When something in perfectly good working order isn't good enough for you, that's an early warning sign. When you lie awake at night with numbers swirling around in your head, thinking about ratios, hardware, software and solutions, that's obsession. When you forsake food and sleep entirely, well, that's just plain stupidity.
Thankfully, Parin Bhatt, owner of this unsuspecting giant killer, hasn't gone that far. Instead, what started as a Mk III Golf VR6 with an ATP VR6 turbo kit has morphed into something entirely different. With the help of Dubwerks, one of Chicago's few hardcore VW tuners, Bhatt created a sleeper that's shown its taillights to more than a handful of seemingly faster cars. In the process, he's tried out three different turbos and had four different chips burned to get it exactly the way he wanted it. The result is 362 whp at 15 psi of boost. The power comes on early, the powerband is both thick and wide, and there's ample low-end torque for great drivability.
Aside from the intercooler sitting under the bumper, there are few obvious signs of its potency. Shaved of its emblems, rolling on relatively small 16s and purring quietly through a Techtonics exhaust, stealth has allowed Bhatt to leave more than a few slack-jawed in disbelief, his favorite being the driver of a Porsche 996.
And like a true obsessive, he's not satisfied. He's hoping to raise to boost to 26 psi.
1996 VW Golf VR6
EngineAutronic SMC engine managementAutronic CID firing boxJBE intake plenumInnovative 60-1 turbochargerBillet fuel lineDubwerks intercooler pipingMagnecor wiresAeromotive braided fuel linesAeromotive fuel pressure regulatorATP exhaust manifold550cc fuel injectorsSard R2D2 blow-off valveTial 35mm wastegateTechtonics exhaustAutomotorsports manual boost controller
DrivetrainPeloquin differentialWerks of Art 3000-lb clutchSynchromesh fluidVelocity lightened flywheel
SuspensionBilstein Pss9 coilover shocks and springsAutotech anti-roll bars, 25mm (f) 28mm (r) Eurosport rear strut barKCD full-race solid mountsBBS RXII, 7x16Kuhmo Ecsta Supra, 205/45-16
BrakesWilwood calipers and rotorsBraided stainless-steel brake lines
ExteriorOEM European bumpers, side moldings and turn signalsHella smoked rear taillights European front lipMattig 3 bar grilleImpro foglights