While it might not look like it, the VW Design Center in California flared the front fenders approximately 20mm which enabled them to fit 265 wide tires underneath the front end. APR also did the engine tuning on the R GTI utilizing the same Stage 3 big-turbo kit found on their SEMA car but tuned for regular pump gas and good for 355hp to the wheels - or about 400hp at the crank. At the GTI Tuner Challenge Motor Trend was able to get the R GTI from 0-60 mph in about 4.8 seconds thanks to the extra wide rubber and a Quaiffe limited slip differential. The design team at VW also created the one-off wheels and to lower the stance and improve handling they installed an adjustable H&R coilover suspension. Making all that power come to halt required a set of Brembo brakes that were custom painted in a German-flag pattern. To make sure karma is on this R GTI's side, the design team hid a "FAST" in the front passenger side brake duct without telling anyone. Of course, leave to us to find it while we were crawling around on the ground looking to see if the front bumper brake ducts were actually functional (they are) however we hope the FAST is "fastened" properly for the ride!