Car pictures of the week

We look back at the highlights from our drive in VRS Performance’s Volkswagen Golf R duo, featured in issue 296

The hyper hatch is a relatively recent phenomenon, first led by the Audi RS3 and now the excellent Mercedes-AMG A45 S. Northampton-based VRS Performance, though, believes it can offer an alternative for less cash, and in issue 296 we explore the highlights from our drive in two of its creations. Read John Barker’s feature in full by picking up your copy in store or online.

Being one of today’s most popular tuning platforms, it’s no surprise that the tuner opted for the Volkswagen Golf R as the basis for these two builds. In the white corner is a 480bhp Mk7.5 car, with the Lapiz blue Mk7 claiming an even more ludicrous 550bhp. 

> Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?

One of the primary reasons for the Golf R’s popularity in the tuning scene is the use of the ubiquitous 2-litre turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder, a power plant that VRS claims can produce 550bhp (in Golf R spec) without pricey reinforcement…

So both of these cars produce more power than even the most powerful hot hatchback on sale, the 415bhp A45 S, but output isn’t everything. After power modifications, VRS advises that brakes and suspension receive attention too, with each of these upgrades costing an additional £2-3k each – the question is, will these upgrades be enough to make such high power figures accessible in a Golf R chassis?

What’s clear from Aston Parrott’s images is that both cars are vastly understated given their monumental straight-line performance. Despite delivering an output equivalent to a 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo, the blue car is almost entirely visually standard, with only suspension modifications offering a hint as to what lies under its skin.

To find out if these machines are a worthy alternative to highly polished production cars such as the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, John Barker gets behind the wheel in the latest issue, available now in store and online via the evo shop.

Car pictures of the week: archive

Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.

Gallery 1

Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.

Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.

Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.

Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R. 

Gallery 8

Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

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