Originally Posted by ak_wrx
are you sure you owned a vw? 01-02 1.8t = 150stock crank hp. 02.5 and up = 180 crank. I can annihilate a stock wrx from a roll and maybe from a stop depending on how is launching abilities are (it he's not a very good driver). My car is probably putting down about 200whp/250ftlbs of tq. The reason I say this, it my friend has almost the exact same setup as me but with different exhaust. Stock WRX's are only putting down what, 175awhp/ft lbs tq? That's a huge power difference from a roll and maybe enough to give an advantage from a stop depending on driving abilities (Yes, I know awd launched properly will pull 1.6 60' times without too much problem, but I've seen people do that in fwd cars.).
I've beaten a lightly modded WRX from 60-120 on the the highway without much of a problem at all. And by lightly modded, I mean removed the cats with a full exhaust, including UP DP and test pipe. He even had a BoV and some other little mods. But he still was probably putting down as much hp but no where near as much torque.
And saying gli's are much faster isn't true. They have the same 180hp at the crank 1.8t motor that all 1.8t vw's had after 2002. The only GLI that was "faster" was the 2004 vr6 and it only had 20 more hp.
Diverter valves aren't always silent. And no you don't have to buy and aftermarket one. All you have yo do it put on a CAI and the 1.8t with the stock diverter valve sounds almost identical to a car with a BOV
And going on to the turbos. Not a lot of people put the k04's on them. I have a friend with a gt28rs going to gt30. I'm probably getting a t3/t04 hybrid (that's supposed to put down about 330whp). T3's are also a common turbo swap as well...
There's a company that also got 300whp out of a k04s...
And vr6t's...a wrx shouldn't mess with those unless they've got a lot done. Just a turbo set up on one running about 8psi can push 350whp. My friend ran his MK II GTI with vr6t, and 17x7.5 wheels and launching from second gear. He ran 13.1 in the 1/4. Not bad for a vw.