The body kit consists of a full replacement front and rear bumper, side skirts, custom grille inserts and R32-style dual exit exhaust cutouts mounted dead center. Xenon headlights come from the MkV GTI. VW designed the wheels, taking a new angular interpretation on the classic mesh design and forging split-spoke 8x19-inch alloy wheels in a custom gold finish. These are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 235/35 tires.
A Bilstein PSS9 coilover kit brings a new, sportier stance. The PSS9s are nine-way compression- and rebound-adjustable to fit the needs of daily street driving as well as track use. Neuspeed's 25mm tubular front and rear anti-roll bars (both two-position adjustable) have been installed and powder-coated blue to match the Bilstein parts. Since it's a front-wheel-drive vehicle, Neuspeed has augmented the driveline with a Quaife limited-slip differential to guarantee maximum power to the wheels and to make sure this Thumper doesn't hop off the ground.
Around Willow Springs racetrack, it's quick-this Rabbit would give a chipped 2.0T a run for its money. Its ability to navigate tight turns without the need for armfuls of correction is due in no small part to the suspension's adjustability (and subsequent handling characteristics) at the turn of a dial.
The thunderous return of the Bunny created a stir among spectators at the 2006 SEMA show. It revives a classic among European tuner cars and shows that a great thing can be made even better-once you get the Bugs out.
Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive
2.5-liter in-line five, cast exhaust manifold, Garrett GT2871RS turbo-charger, uprated fuel injectors, aluminum plumbing, silicon hoses, cold-air intake, front-mount intercooler with cast aluminum end takes, high-capacity oil pan, custom software, 70mm cat-back exhaust with twin 100mm tips
Five-speed manual, Neuspeed short shifter, Quaife torque-biasing diff
Bilstein PSS9 coilovers, Neuspeed 25mm front and rear adjustable anti-roll bars
Neuspeed stainless steel brake lines, Brembo four-piston GT front calipers and 12.9-inch rotors, MkV R32 rear assemblies
*Wheels And Tires
Volkswagen Design custom alloys, 8x19Michelin Pilot Sport Cup, 235/35
Factory GTI seats reupholstered in black leather with black/silver checkered inserts, OSIR Design silver carbon fiber belt line trim, GTI sport steering wheel, custom shift knob with rabbit logo, rabbit logo floor mats
VW Design front and rear bumpers, side skirts, GTI roof spoiler, custom Candy White paint with silver ghost graphics, GTI bi-xenon headlamps
Peak Power: 225 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Peak Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm