The Present: 2010 VW GTI
The Mk VI was built to showcase suppliers represented by GMP—and as a GTI that can be taken to the track, perform well and be driven home, all while looking good. GMP Performance partnered with APR, renowned VW and Audi tuners, to improve on the vehicle’s power with a Stage 3 turbo kit. The Mk VI’s 2.0 TSI heartbeat now beats to the rhythm of 376 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque on 93 octane from its initially relaxed 216 hp and 238 lb-ft. On 100 octane race fuel the power climbs to 404 hp as the turbo fully spools at 3400 rpm delivering 350 lb-ft and continuously delivering up to redline, peaking at 5800 rpm with 368 lb-ft. An APR intercooler upgrade and Carbonio carbon intake system help keep the intake charge cool. GMP partnered to develop a signature turbo-back stainless steel exhaust system designed to deliver a prominent sound announcing the
Mk VI’s arrival. The suspension was dialed with a set of H&R Street Performance coilovers and sway bars.
The GTI rides on a set of ADV.1 modular wheels, a rendition of the classic mesh design. The design utilizes the entire spoke face as the wheel center has been meticulously machined to lie precisely into the polished wheel lip. This detail combines the deep lip look with a larger full-face diameter that extends to the edge of the rim where it meets the tire. The wheel faces are also staggered in concavity, the front 8x19 faces are relatively flat whereas the matching 9x19’s spokes bow outward from the wheel center to the rim’s edge. The centers and inner barrels are painted in satin gold, a classic BBS finish from the ’70s and ’80s that matches both the Rabbit’s restored wheels and the S3’s track wheels. The GTI’s wheels are wrapped with Continental ExtremeContact DW rubber.
Along with the GMP 35th anniversary tribute stripes on the outside, the GTI features subtle interior appointments—a set of embroidered floor mats, lightly tinted windows and 35-year anniversary “golf ball” shifter. The exterior features a carbon roof wing and a custom Razor hood with vents to release heat from underneath. The underside of the hood is finished nicely with Kevlar rain trays protecting the engine compartment from debris.
All three of these cars represent different aspects of the GMP history and philosophy. Yet all three share an undeniable common thread. And as they roll into the next decade, you can bet that GMP Performance will continue as it always has. Says Stephen Klitzsch: “Even after all these years, the driving factor is having our customers leave happy with their individually improved European cars.”
2010 VW GTI
Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive
2.0-liter I4, dohc, 16-valve. APR Stage 3 turbo kit and intercooler, Carbonio carbon intake, GMP turbo-back exhaust
H&R Street Performance coilovers and antiroll bars
Wheels and Tires
ADV.1 ADV8, 8x19 (f), 9x19 (r)
Continental ContiExtremeContact DW, 225/35 (f), 235/35 (r)
Peak Power: 376 hp
Peak Torque: 361 lb-ft