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Australia’s Fastest Production Cars That Won’t Break The Bank

There are several fast and sporty production vehicles available to Australians for under $40,000. Many feature powerful turbo engines and great standard features for their class. There are offerings from Germany, France and Italy in the lineup. You won’t confuse any of the cars on this list with a Toyota Corolla!

The Peugeot 308 Allure

Peugeot 308 Allure

Peugeot 308 Allure

French carmaker Peugeot offers the feisty 2012 308 Allure with its 2.0 liter six speed turbo-diesel engine and 120kW (161hp)and 340Nm (250 lb-ft) torque. Standard features include items that are included on prestige cars like Read moreRead more


VW Golf GTi Mk6 Race Exhaust System – Video / Movie

Recommended Reading: VW Golf GTi Mk6 Race Exhaust System – Video / Movie

There’s no doubt that small cars are gaining in popularity in North America. While the explanations for this phenomenon are interesting – some say it’s because younger car buyers aren’t nearly into “cars” as much as previous generations, others say it’s due to the fact that fuel economy rules force consumers to buy smaller vehicles.

Of course, it could be that Americans are falling in love all over again with the turbocharger.

Back in the day, turbochargers were notoriously unreliable. Turbos spin very fast (150k RPM in some models), and this fast fan blade speed (and subsequent bearing wear) is what caused so many problems. Partially, these problems on older turbo-charged vehicles were due to cheap and/or inadequate design (see Chrysler turbos from any year). However, it’s fair to say that there were some technological challenges with building a turbo bearing housing that was durable.

Recently, turbo manufacturers have switched from housings using journal bearings (which need a lot of oil for lubrication and cooling) to more reliable housings that use cartridge ball bearings. These require less oil, less cooling, and because they have less friction they reduce turbo lag (read a great write-up on turbocharger design from Garret). Long story short – turbochargers are as reliable as any other engine component (provided you don’t boost them up, but that’s another discussion).

Which brings us to this VW Golf GTI 2.0T Mk6:

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The exhaust system sounds OK – I’d like something a little more raspy – but you can’t argue with the results. Tossing a 3″ single-to-dual cat-back Milltek Race Exhaust onto this thing and doing some computer programming has created a Golf that does burn outs.

Milltek Race Exhaust System VW Golf GTI

One 3" diameter tube split into a faux dual looks good but keeps the backpressure where it should be (you need a little to facilitate scavenging)

Not bad.

From The Milltek Sport Blog

This video shows the 210bhp VW Golf GTi fitted with the Milltek Race exhaust system and an ECU remap – taking the power to a staggering 282bhp and 427nm of torque!