Tuners everywhere appreciate Volkswagen for its versatility and range in models. Whether it’s the fast and agile GTI, or the classic Mk1, the possibilities in aftermarket modifications are endless. Although the hardcore European tuner scene is small at SEMA as compared to the JDM and American muscle presence, the yearly super show is still an effective place to gauge the direction that the scene is going.
This year, we found everything from a slammed 2015 Golf, to a GTI that packs a 900hp mid-engine punch, and happens to be for sale. Whether it’s speed you lust after, or outrageous bodywork – we have something here for everyone. The bar has been set high, but we hope to see better and wilder builds next year. Until then, take a look at the features below.
H&R 2015 Volkswagen Golf 7
Although the seventh-generation Golf made its official US debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show, it won’t be for sale here in the States until 2014. However, the suspension specialists at H&R obtained a Euro-spec model in order to showcase its Street Performance Tuner Coilover kit and 26mm Sway Bars (front and rear) at the 2013 SEMA show.
Apart from the H&R coilovers, which lowered the hatch 2.5” up front and 2.75” at the rear, it also featured a Brembo Partner HP GT system brake upgrade, and Rotiform wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires size 225/35ZR19.
As a Volkswagen factory accessory car, the 2015 Golf came equipped with VW’s factory accessory kit, which includes body styling components and a sport exhaust.
The slammed hot hatch managed to attract a lot of attention sporting a cool blue shade - it was a great preview of what can be achieved with the 2015 Golf once we receive it stateside.
FMS 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Widebody
We were able to cover the FMS 2014 Volkswagen Jetta widebody build before it hit the showroom floor at SEMA. Below is a quick overview, but you can find additional coverage here and here.
The Jetta’s powerplant consists of a 2.0L 16V turbo motor pushing a claimed 450hp made possible by an APR stage 3+ built motor and turbo kit. It’s also got Brembo four-piston calipers, H&R Street Performance coilovers and Sport sway bars.
The exterior was outfitted with FMS widebody fenders, along with a modified Golf R front bumper with splitter, GLI rear bumper, and Golf R side skirts. It’s also got custom body-side molding from Foam molders, and a Volkswagen accessories spoiler.
The interior sports track-ready features such as two Recaro Sportster CS front seats with matching rear seats, FMS helmet rack, as well as ECS Tuning digital vent gauge, center console, and Philips LED interior lighting.
To round out the package, the Jetta is sitting on TSW Jerez wheels and 245/35 R19 f, 275/30 R19 r Nitto NT-05 tires. The FMS Widebody Jetta just goes to show that a sedan can be customized to one’s desire, and the Golf/GTI must now share the spotlight.
Forge Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Mk1
The Forge Motorsport Golf Mk1 is the result of having about $110,000 at your disposal, and the desire to build a track car. But this isn’t your average track car - it was built to compete in various racing competitions including the Berg Cup hill climb, an event that’s held in Germany. We found this gem over at the Garrett booth – the turbocharger company partnered with Forge Motorsport to build this incredibly fast hatchback.
The Golf’s engine was swapped out with Volkswagen’s 1.8T, which initially created some issues due to fitting such a large engine into a light car. The engine was stroked from 1.8L to 2.0L utilizing a TFSI crankshaft, JE pistons with 9.25:1 compression, Integrated Engineering connecting rods, and cylinders bored 2mm over. According to Yukio Taira of Garrett Turbos, a GTX2860R turbocharger was fitted into the Mk1 – the smallest of the GTX turbos. The engine has the capability of pushing 400hp at the wheels - an impressive number for such a small turbo.
Among some of the features in the interior are Cobra seats that were custom trimmed, Cobra 3” six-point harnesses, a Race Technology digital dash, Forge shifter tower, Sparco plumbed-in fire extinguisher, and a custom roll cage with extra bracing and safety padding.
The bodywork on the Mk1 is truly a sight to see, with its retro paint scheme, Forge Motorsport side skirts, front splitter, and roof-mounted rear wing. Look for it at local time attack competitions here in California, and the Berg Cup, which is the ultimate goal for this build.
034Motorsport Volkswagen GTI-RS
When your car wins a Gran Turismo award at SEMA, you know you did something right. That’s the card that 034Motorsport was dealt, and they weren’t complaining. Neither were we, because our staff had the privilege of choosing the winner! As judges, we felt that 034Motorsport’s Volkswagen GTI-RS was worthy of winning the "Best European Import" award - it packs a 900hp mid-engine punch, was converted to RWD, and is a certified beast.
The list of upgrades is extensive, but some of the main components start with what’s under the hood. Here you’ll find an Audi V6 engine that was stroked to 3.0L with custom JE Pistons bored 83mm over with 9:1 compression. There are two turbocharger options for the GTI, which include the Precision Turbo CEA 62mm GT35R for the track and Garrett GT42RS for the drag strip.
The GTI also features a Porsche 996 turbo rear suspension, with stock rear sway bar, custom tubular rear subframe, custom valving for weight and wheelbase of GTI, and Ohlins three-way adjustable dampers with remote reservoir.
The Porsche components spill over to the brakes and wheels, which include Porsche 993 turbo front and rear brake calipers, custom 034Motorsport front brake rotors, OEM rear rotors, and Porsche 996 Turbo Twist “Hollow Spoke” wheels.
Finally, if this VW GTI looks familiar, it’s because the car has appeared on the cover of eurotuner’s 2010 issue as well as taking home a first overall win at the 2011 eurotuner Grand Prix. What’s more, this insane project car is for sale! For a mere $60000, you can be the lucky owner. Spare parts included.
Volkswagen Golf R
With so many cars and automotive products to see inside the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center at SEMA, it was easy to get sucked into one booth and stay there for a while. But there was a lot to see outside as well, which is where we found this 2013 Volkswagen Golf R. The four-door hatch packs 256hp made possible by its 2.0L turbocharged engine.
The Golf R, which is owned by Traction Motorsports in San Juan Capistrano was sporting 20x9 (front), 20x10.5 (rear) Ace SL-5 wheels, has H&R springs, and a NEUSPEED intake. For those who plan to attend next year's SEMA show, we suggest exploring what the outdoor section has to offer - you may just uncover a hidden gem.