2017 VW Golf Sportwagen 4motion

Post By: Anthony Morris

Date: 11/22/2023

The Story

I saw a write up on some golf sportwagen with crazy aero and thought "that's crazy but is it even fast?". Although it wasn't breaking any records it made me look into the car and what an is38 (Golf R) turbo was. The possibilities for mods were near endless with many oem+ and aftermarket parts from the mqb chassis family (gti, golf r, a/s/rs3, etc.). My qualifications for a new daily were modern, low mileage, larger capacity, AWD, reliable, somewhat quick, with basic tech, all under $20k with intentions of getting to the track for HPDE and whatever follows. So after being less than satisfied with Subaru offerings this golf sportwagen with 4motion (AWD) and a 1.8t with lots of mod support paired to a dual clutch were a no brainer for my new to me daily. Then off I went with mods!

Current Setup

  • Wheels: Wedssports TC-105X 18x8.5 et38
  • Tires: Accelera 651 in 245/40
  • Suspension: KW V2 Coilovers
  • Suspension: Superpro rear sway bar with moog rear end links and white line adjustable front end links
  • Performance: IS38 Turbo with APR ECU/TCU tune (~300awhp and 350hp at the crank)
  • Performance: Unitronic intercooler/charge pipes
  • Performance: Integrated Engineering Intake, turbo inlet pipe, downpipe
  • Performance: B2Bfab resonator delete
  • Performance: Golf R front brakes x stoptech rotors with ferodo ds2500 pads and motel rbf600 fluid. Ebc red stuff rear brake pads
  • Exterior: Osram facelift style headlights
  • Exterior: Golf R Front Bumper
  • Interior: Golf R seats
  • Interior: 8" discovery display
  • Interior: P3 in vent multigauge
  • Interior: Helix spare tire subwoofer x amp
  • Exterior: Custom \"Sterchi x Morris\" ABS wing
  • Wheels: Rotiform TUF-R (winter/daily wheels)
  • Suspension: 034 "Camster" Mounts

Planned Upgrades

  • Performance: BFI engine, trans, and pendulum mounts
  • Tires: better tires when the acceleras wear down. great price/treadwear for a beginner HPDE driver like myself


Anthony Morris

NJ native with two mk7 golf wagons for some stupid reason but catch me on the east coast from Canada all the way down to Georgia for car shenanigans