UPDATE: APR has released official images of the RLMS. We also expect to have live photos from SEMA in the near future.
APR specializes in tuning Volkswagen Group's vehicles, and the company is bringing a very special Golf R to this year's SEMA Show at the end of October. The firm calls this steaming hot hatch the RLMS, and this beast is ready for the track with 536 horsepower on tap.
Gallery: Volkswagen Golf R RLMS At SEMA by APR
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is still the basis for the power, but it has the extra advantage of APR's 3+ turbocharger kit and the firm's two-piece wheels with Toyo tires. To dress up the look, there's also a widebody kit that barely visible in the company's teaser image above.
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Inside, APR prepares the RLMS for track work by fitting a custom racing seat with an OMP racing harness. For added safety, there's a custom roll cage and fire extinguisher.
APR isn't offering any more details about the Golf R RLMS ahead of SEMA, but the details so far make it sound like quite an interesting machine
The existing Golf R is nearing retirement, but Volkswagen is starting to say farewell in the United States by offering the 2019 model in 45 available colors – 40 of which add $2,500 to the model's price. The shades include some vintage shades like Ginster Yellow from the 1997 Driver’s Edition GTI and Mars Red from the first-gen GTI.
More to see at this year's SEMA Show:
Rumors indicate the next-gen Golf R is already under development. It reportedly still has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder but with the aid of a 48-volt mild hybrid. This setup would push the output to around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). It would route through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and run through an all-wheel-drive system to maximize traction.
VW will also reportedly make the Golf R look meaner with elements like exposed carbon fiber trim and an aggressive front fascia with larger intakes. Quad exhausts will emerge from the back.
APR TO UNVEIL 536 HORSEPOWER VW GOLF R “RLMS” AT SEMA 2018
APR has drawn from its extensive racing background to develop the ultimate touring car-inspired 2018 Volkswagen Golf R.
APR, a leader in Volkswagen and Audi tuning and engineering, will be debuting its latest project car, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R “RLMS” at the aftermarket’s biggest annual trade show, SEMA, in Las Vegas on October 30, 2018. This touring car race-inspired, track focused all-wheel-drive performance hot hatchback features an APR Stage 3+ Turbocharger System, custom 2-piece APR Wheels, Toyo Tires, full wide-body kit, OMP racing harness and fire extinguisher, custom racing seats and a custom roll cage. To see the unveiling live, tune into the APR Facebook page at 1:00PM on October 30.
APR Booth #22351
SEMA Central Hall/Performance Hall
Tuesday, October 30, 1:00 PM
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